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Can liposuction be done on the upper arm area?


Can liposuction be done on the upper arm area or does this require a surgical procedure?


Hi Pam,

Liposuction is a surgical procedure, but perhaps seems less surgical than an arm lift because the skin incision is not as prominent. The limitation of liposuction in the arm is the extent of excess skin that will remain after the procedure. At consultation, your plastic surgeon will estimate whether you will have floppy arm skin after liposuction, and you may need to consider the possibility of needing an excision (arm lift) either coincident with your liposuction or as a second procedure if skin laxity is a problem.

M.L. Kreidstein, MD


Dear Pam,

Liposuction is frequently performed on the upper arm area. This procedure should be done on patients that have good elasticity of their skin and where the Surgeon would think that the degree of retraction would be a proper one. Usually younger patients are better candidates for this procedure.

On another hand, If the Surgeon thinks that the elasticity of the skin is not good enough, then he might choose to recommend an arm lift (removal of excess skin) where different options are available in regards to incisions.

All the best,

R. Rosenstock, MD


Lifts on this famously wobbly part of the human anatomy—known familiarly as “Hi Janes” or “Bingo” arms—are particularly popular. Heavy and even moderately droopy arms can be recountoured very effectively with liposuction. Liposuction modifies volume by sucking out fat and because liposuction stimulates the skin to tighten, good elasticity provides a smooth contour after fat is removed. The procedure takes about an hour, the recovery takes just a couple of days, and there's virtually no scarring. I use several innovative forms of liposuction, including SmartLipo, in order to contour and resculpture the area while providing the most beautiful results with minimal scarring. SmartLipo, used in combination with other forms of liposuction or alone, is a procedure that uses laser light to liquefy fat and tighten the surrounding skin. Liposuction as an outpatient procedure under I.V. sedation can easily reduce the excess fat people have in their arms.

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