How effective is liposuction for arm fat?

I never realized they could do liposuction on the arms until yesterday, but am totally stoked to hear that they do. I'm a 28 year old woman who isn't really fat, but I'm not slim either. I guess I could stand to lose 20 or 25 pounds, which I've done before and know I could do again. The thing with my arms though, is that when I diet I never lose any fat there, which makes them look that much weirder. So until I heard about lipo for arms I really thought I would be stuck with this arm fat for the rest of my life. The one thing I haven’t learned yet, is how effective a treatment liposuction really is for arm fat. Also, if there are any real risks or bad side effects to the treatment. Could somebody tell me? Thanks in advance, I'll really appreciate any 411 that comes my way. 


F, 31, Utah

Some people are good candidates for arm liposuction while others are not. Without seeing photos or doing a physical exam, it is difficult to tell how much excess fat or loose skin you have and to discern the results you're likely to receive from this procedure.

Fat removal from a woman's upper arms tends to work best on someone who is younger and not obese (as you describe yourself). The reasons for this are that you likely still have a lot of skin elasticity and the removal of unwanted fat should not leave you with an abundance of excess skin. The quality of your skin is one of the most important factors in determining if you are a candidate for liposuction (traditional, laser liposuction, etc.). If your skin quality isn’t very good,  the finished product may leave you with arms that are flabby and unattractive. I suggest you consult with a few board-certified plastic surgeons to determine your best course of action.

We are routinely asked questions regarding the best methods for removing fat deposits in the upper arms. Some women who've gone through fluctuations in their body weight  (weight gain followed by weight loss) typically have some stubborn fat in this part of the body that they just can't get rid of, no matter how much time they spend exercising.


You are in your late 20s, so chances are you have good skin elasticity and not a large amount of fat cells/fatty tissue in the targeted treatment area. Assuming you also have a clear medical history, you should be able to obtain visible results from a liposuction procedure. Lipo can be conducted under local anesthesia and will leave you with less postoperative bruising and swelling than a more invasive surgical procedure. With older and/or obese patients, liposuction could leave them with excess skin that will need to be removed via plastic surgery. Please note that liposuction is considered a surgical procedure.

I suggest that you visit a few board-certified cosmetic surgeons in your area to determine if liposuction is all you need or if you'll also require an arm lift in conjunction with it should  skin laxity be a problem.

Hi Mimamax

Lipo of the the arms can be very effective when performed in an appropriate candidate.  The ideal candidate has excellent skin elasticity so that it can shrink down to the smaller size after lipo.  Also, the amount of fat should not be that great.  Finally, the support structures holding the skin should not be stretched.  A careful exam by a qualified plastic surgeon should be able to determine if you qualify.

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All the best

Thank you for sharing your question.  Liposuction is very effective for the arm area.  This is especially true if you do not have a very large amount of fat.  If you did have an excessive amount, liposuction would leave you with excess skin that would need to be removed surgically.  Please consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in your area for this procedure.  I hope this was helpful.

Best Wishes, Dr. B.

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As long as it is actually fat not loose skin liposuction works very well.

Liposuction on the arms is very effective and very low risk. It can be performed in the office under local anesthesia and requires no medical downtime. The only caveat is what will happen to the skin. I use laser liposuction on arms to try to obtain additional skin tightening.

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