It’s yet another rite of passage, along with getting your AARP letter in the mail and scheduling your first colonoscopy. You stand in front of the mirror with your arms raised to do up your hair, and you realize with horror that you have the arms of your mother: Loose, flabby skin hanging from your upper arms and sagging so much that everything jiggles when you move. Despite all the exercise you so diligently visit the gym for, you do not have the toned arms you think you should have.
Flabby Arms and Other Pockets of Fat
Frustration with flabby arms – some call them bat wings – is one of the most common complaints among middle-aged women. Do a quick Google search, and you might find many promising self-help videos for toned arms, like “lose those bat wings in 5 weeks” or “6 exercises for sexy toned arms.”
If only it were this easy. The trouble is, diet and exercise are often not enough to get rid of stubborn fat pockets. Many women who diet and exercise regularly and are in overall great health are nevertheless dissatisfied with their body. You’ve done all this hard work to keep down your weight and get in shape, but certain areas of fat are impossible to dislodge. We know these areas so well we’ve given them fond nicknames. Bat wings, muffin tops, saddle bags, jelly rolls, love handles, turkey necks – we’ve assigned to our bodies an eclectic assortment of bakery goods and animal body parts.
So what can you do to flabby arms into nicely toned arms once and for all? The answer is liposuction. Many people associate liposuction strictly with belly fat and perhaps big thighs, but it can do much more. Today’s advanced liposuction techniques allow your plastic surgeon to target previously unreachable areas with pinpoint accuracy.
Liposuction Techniques for Smaller Areas of Fat
The Body Jet is one liposuction method that’s perfectly suited to target your upper arms. It uses the gentle power of water to first dislodge and then flush out the unwanted fat cells. With the help of local anesthesia as needed, your surgeon inserts a small cannula just under your skin to let the machine do its work. You are awake and comfortable throughout the procedure.
Once the bulk of fat has been removed, your surgeon will likely use additional liposuction techniques to further tone and sculpt your arms. Fat removal is one goal of course, but you’ll also want to eliminate all that flabby skin. Laser liposuction such as SmartLipo is one method that works really well to target remaining fat cells and tighten the skin.
Another option is using heat generated by radio frequency technology. Similar to laser lipo, Radio Frequency Assisted Liposuction (RFAL) – also referred to as ultrasonic liposuction – uses heat to burn and liquefy the fat before suctioning it off.
Better toned arms may be all you’re interested in, but most women combine several areas into one liposuction procedure. While you’re already in, you might as well remove fat in other areas too. Just think of your thighs, your belly, even your neck.
Will That Fat Stay Permanently Gone?
Liposuction has the great advantage that it is a one-time procedure – anywhere from one to two hours long. You won’t need any repeat treatments as with other fat removal methods. You can literally walk out of your doctor’s office with your newly-toned arms and leave that fat behind forever.
But that doesn’t mean the fat cells removed from your body are useless. In a nifty procedure called Fat Transfer, your surgeon can re-use the eliminated fat cells and inject them as a filler to enhance your curves where you want more volume. The most obvious such area are your breasts. Natural Fat Transfer for Breast is a popular procedure as an alternative to breast implants. Fat harvested with liposuction can also be used in your hands or your face or other areas where you want to increase volume.
Keeping Your Arms Toned
Liposuction is permanent, whether you have it done on your belly or arms. The fat cells eliminated with liposuction will never come back. However, it is possible that new fat cells form over time, should you stop exercising or put on weight. If you don’t already have an exercise routine, developing one now is a good idea. You don’t have to do much to keep your arms beautifully toned after your liposuction procedure. Get yourself some small weights – 2-3 lbs each – and get into the habit of doing 20 or so daily reps of tricep extensions and bicep curls. There are also exercises you can do with resistance bands.
The thing is, exercise alone is often not enough to eliminate excess fat from your arms or other areas. But once you’ve had the fat eliminated with liposuction, it’s so much easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It’s a big boost in motivation when you see a beautifully toned body looking back at your from the mirror. Set aside just ten to fifteen minutes a day – it’s easily done in front of the TV – to exercise your arms, and you’ll never be worried about bat wings again.
To find out more about liposuction for beautifully toned arms, contact NuBody Concepts to schedule a personal consultation.