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Upper Arm Liposuction

If no amount of exercise seems to contour your arms effectively, then upper arm liposuction in Santa Monica could be the solution you’ve been looking for. It is common for people to accumulate fat in the upper arms due to factors like genetics and aging. With liposuction, we can help eliminate these pockets of excess fat to make your arms look sculpted and toned.

What Is Upper Arm Liposuction?

Stubborn fat deposits can cause the upper arms to sag, creating an unappealing “bat wing” appearance. Bat wings, or “bingo wings,” can affect your quality of life by making it hard to find well-fitting or flattering clothing.

Upper arm liposuction is a procedure that involves suctioning fatty tissue from the upper arms. This body-contouring technique helps you achieve shapely arms in ways that traditional dieting and exercise cannot.

It is important to note that upper arm liposuction is not a weight-loss solution. Instead, it specifically removes stubborn fatty deposits from the upper arms.

Ideal Candidates

You are a good candidate for upper arm liposuction if you have deposits of excess fat in your upper arms. You need to have good skin elasticity to undergo this procedure. If you have excess sagging skin, this procedure will not address it, though some degree of skin retraction can be achieved.

To be an ideal candidate for upper arm lipo, you have to be in good overall health, at a stable weight, and not significantly overweight. Candidates must not have any underlying conditions that could impair healing.

Your Consultation

Your initial consultation will involve a physical examination of your upper arms. Dr. Ralph A. Massey will listen to your concerns and will review your medical history to determine any risk factors. Questions about your current medications, past surgeries, and pre-existing health conditions will be asked to ensure you are compatible with the procedure.

Photographs may be taken for reference, as well as for before-and-after comparison. If you have any questions, Dr. Massey will answer them. He will guide you through the details of the procedure so you can make an informed decision.

The Upper Arm Liposuction Procedure

Upper arm liposuction does not involve general anesthesia; this allows for a quicker and more comfortable recovery process. Instead, local anesthesia and sedation will be administered to eliminate discomfort.

Marks may be drawn on the arm to identify the incision sites. Then, after the tiny incisions are made, the cannula will be inserted to break apart and suction out the fat. The entire process can take a few hours, depending on the complexity of the procedure.

The Recovery Process

You may need a short recovery period after your upper arm liposuction procedure. It may take a week or two before you can get back to work. A compression sleeve has to be worn for the first 48 hours before you can take your first bath. After this, it has to be worn for up to six weeks to ensure that your tissues adapt to their new contours as they heal.

Swelling, bruising, and pain are normally experienced and can be managed with over-the-counter prescriptions as directed. Intense exercises and other strenuous activities should be avoided for several weeks.

How Much Does Upper Arm Liposuction Cost?

The cost of upper arm liposuction varies due to the specific concerns of each patient. The overall price may be impacted by anesthetic fees, total surgical time, and other factors.

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Achieve better contours and definition for your arms with upper arm liposuction in Santa Monica. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Massey and learn more about the benefits of liposuction.

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Before & afters

For Dr. Massey safety is the first priority with any surgery. He has personally performed hundreds of liposuction surgeries, and none of his patients has had any type of serious complication. Indeed in a recent study of over 15,000 patients treated with tumescent liposuction there was not a single serious complication.

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Visible change in a woman's tummy after undergoing liposuction, highlighting the effectiveness of the procedure.
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