Fatty Arms or loose skin, what’s the answer?
For reasons not totally known, women accumulate fat and usually loose skin in their arms even if they are basically thin, which causes the appearance of fatty arms. And those with lots of sun damage have wrinkly arms as well. Weight gain, of course, contributes to this as well as hormonal changes. And, women seem so hate this problem. Take heart, because this problem is treatable.
According to the amount of fat that needs to be removed, the procedure can vary from a simple liposuction (usually with a local anesthetic) if there is no excess loose skin to the surgical option called a brachioplasty. A liposuction is a much less invasive procedure that leaves one or two small puncture mark scars that are barely visible. A brachioplasty, on the other hand, is more invasive but a very effective procedure when indicated, which leaves a scar from the axilla to the elbow. This is mostly indicated when there is a large amount of fat and skin to be removed. A liposuction alone does not significantly tighten skin.
A new micro-invasive procedure called a ThermiTight can be used alone or also combined with a liposuction, according to how much fat needs to be removed. The ThermiTight tightens the skin and reduces small volumes of fat as well. ThermiTight with or without a liposuction can be very effective.
The newest of the ThermiRF (radio frequency) procedures is the ThermiSmooth250. This technology diminishes both fat and excess skin and is completely non-surgical Generally 3 to 4 treatments are necessary. There is no recovery time needed
A brachioplasty requires a general anesthetic. Both a liposuction and a ThermiTight require tumescent local anesthesia (infiltration with normal saline with a local anesthetic medication) and oral sedatives, if requested by the patient. Patients actually say that the ThermiSmooth250 feels good, like a hot stone massage, requiring no anesthesia.