About Arms Liposculpture

For many women bulkiness of the upper arm can be quite distressing. Often the arm will rub when the arm swings while walking. When the arm is resting by your side, the fat bulges outwards and the arms appear rounded and bulky. It may be impossible to buy a jacket that fits and wearing an open sleeve dress or shirt may be quite embarrassing. Doing upper body weight lifting or exercises very rarely reduces fat from these areas unfortunately. Of course, the arm muscles become more toned but the overlying fat hides the muscles and the arms therefore look bigger. Fortunately, upper arm liposculpture can solve these problems quickly and simply. Through a few simple incisions in the elbow area and one in the shoulder region, it is possible to reduce the fatty deposits in the arms while maintaining shape and function. Rarely is skin looseness a problem and rarely are long incisions to remove skin (brachioplasty) are necessary. The fat on the upper back adjacent to the arm, on the outside of the bra strap, is also treated at the same time, to reduce the bulkiness. A small pad of fatty tissue sometimes bunches up where the arm meets the chest in front (anterior axillary fat pad) and if it exists, this will be removed too. This is one of the most slimming of the multitude of liposculpture procedures that may be performed on the body.

A common concern for some people is just what happens to the “extra skin” after liposculpture. The body can dramatically reduce the surface area of the skin after liposculpture and a procedure to reduce skin further is rarely necessary unless exceptional circumstances. Even in people older than 50, loose skin is very rarely a problem.


Any women with heaviness of the arm. If the arm feels out of proportion or looks bulky from behind and jackets don’t fit, liposculpture of the arm may be beneficial.

Yes, the reduction in the size of the arm is permanent, and the result may take a few weeks. With any liposculpture procedure, it can take months before final results are achieved and before normal sensation returns.

There are generally 3-4 single, small access points 3-4mm wide at the level of the elbow. These are not sutured after the procedure and essentially are invisible after a couple of weeks, plus another at the shoulder.

Often the upper back area where the arm joins the shoulder and the armpit area are treated at the same time or the front area of the upper chest next to the arm crease.

A special arm garment is worn for 2-3 days. This is not visible under a dark long sleeve shirt allowing an early return to work.

Most arm reduction procedures takes about 4 hours.

In general you can probably return to work 1-2 days after the procedure. It would be about 3 weeks before normal gym activities or jogging should be restarted.

The cost of this procedure varies according to the areas that require treatment and whether the area is treated alone or in conjunction with other areas, such as jowl and facial liposculpture (this is most common). For an accurate costing, please use the online consultation or make an appointment by phoning (02) 9906 1555.


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