Arms & Upper Body Liposuction

Conveniently located to serve San Jose, CA

The arms and upper body are the areas that consistently yield the highest patient satisfaction and happiness rating. The volume of fat on the arms and the upper body may not be reduced by regular exercise. In addition, many women do not prefer arms that appear muscular.

Dr. Jane’s HD (High Definition) Lipo procedures of arms and upper body provide superb cosmetic results with right shape proportion and smoothness without visible surgical scars.


Some of common goals for arm liposuction are:

  1. to improve cosmetic appearance so the patient is more comfortable and less self-conscious when wearing a sleeveless blouse or tank top,
  2. to make symmetric and proportional appearance of both arms,
  3. to achieve a thinner appearance of the arms,
    (This not necessary means to remove the excessive amount of fat from arms. In order to prevent a deformed or unbalanced look due to disproportionately skinny arms with an obese body, Dr. Jane sometimes treats upper body including arms and upper back liposuction at the same time. Because arms that are disproportionately skinny with an otherwise obese body might appear deformed and unbalanced.)

Dr. Jane can significantly improve the saggy arm especially when it is held horizontally by combining several techniques and tools such as HD ?Lipo, SmartLipo, Vaser Liposelection, Vaser Shape, and other skin tightening lasers. To order to make beautiful arms, in addition to underarm liposuction, Dr. Jane normally treats outside of arms and inner part of arms including elbow together. Typically, only the arm liposuction around the entire arm results in a satisfying skin tightening improvement.

Aggressive arm liposuction can produce a deformity. The most common cosmetic problem associated with liposuction of the arms is excessive and uneven removal of fat. Arms that are devoid of subcutaneous fat are not attractive, and do not look like normal female arms. If virtually all the subcutaneous fat is removed from an area of an arm, the result is an unappealing lumpy-bumpy look. This lumpy appearance becomes grossly accentuated if the patient gains weight.

Accessory Breasts (Anterior Axillary Fat Pads)

The bulges in front of the armpit called anterior axillary fat pads or accessory breasts become more apparent with age and obesity level especially after the pregnancy. As if accessory breasts, the anterior axillary fat pads can be disproportionately large even in some relatively thin women. These undesirable fat pads can be removed by Dr. Jane’s HD ?Lipo technique. Concomitant skin excision can be done if there is a big amount of skin from the accessory breasts.

Posterior Axillary Fat Pads

The excessive fat just behind the arm-pit on the side of the back called posterior axillary fat pads make the appearance of women’s back look too masculine and triangular shaped. Naturally, they do not want to wear sleeveless dress or tank top. For the best result, it is better to do liposuction of arms and axillary fat pads and upper back. The use of HD ?Lipo permits a relatively aggressive approach to liposuction of the arms and axillary fat pads, while minimizing the risks of aesthetically displeasing irregularities of the skin. Multiple small incisions (1.0 mm and 1.5 mm adits) give access for liposuction always disappear quickly in light-skin patients and a little longer in dark-skin patients. A thin layer of residual fat should remain to insure a natural female appearance and the natural softness and feel of a female body.

Female Back

This procedure is popular among individuals who have localized fat in the upper and lower back. Liposuction of the back can decrease fullness in the upper and lower backs with reduction of subcutaneous fat and can result in skin retraction, particularly with PAL. Due to the thicker skin and more fibrous fat found in the upper back, more skin retraction results in the upper back than in the lower back. Liposuction of the back is a nice complement to abdominoplasty to achieve an overall improvement in contour of the torso. Liposuction of the upper and lower back secondarily unmasks and enhances the buttock region as well. The sacrum often has a fatty deposit that responds well to liposuction and also helps contour the buttock.

Liposuction of the female back can dramatically improve female shape. There are several different major fat areas in the back:

  • Upper back – It is often called the buffalo hump and is on the upper back near the neck.
  • Mid back – Infra-scapular fat (female flanks) is often called the bra roll. It is located between the waist and the shoulder blades.
  • Posterior axillary – It is located on the upper-outer back near the armpit.
  • Franks – Posterior waist fat is located above and posterior to the hips.
  • Lower back – Lumbo-sacral fat pad is located in midline of the lower back, just above the tailbone.

Bra roll

When a tight bra is worn, the area under the bra tends to bulge-out unattractively because the fat in this area is a single subcutaneous layer. Some females have a genetic tendency to collect more fat in the back area. With increasing obesity level the bra roll can accumulate so much fat that can create multiple rolls of fat. Removing the bra roll fat can be a challenging liposuction procedure because the fat issue is fibrous. Dr. Jane can aesthetically improve the appearance by one or more of her several techniques such as HD ?Lipo, SmartLipo, and Vaser Liposelection.

Things You Need to Know

A large weight loss by dieting can result the fat cells to shrink but not the fibrous tissues. Consequently, the remaining fat will be more fibrous. Therefore, when treating patients with rolls of fat on the back, liposuction is relatively easy if the patient is near her maximum all-time weight.

Because only superficial subcutaneous fat layer exists on the back, some inexperienced surgeons have a tendency to do excessive superficial liposuction and injure the skin tissue. The excessive liposuction can injure the under-surface of the skin and result a permanent skin discoloration. In worst case, an injury to the skin can also cause skin necrosis that ultimately results in a permanent ugly scar.

It is very important for a patient to control his or her weight after liposuction of the back to maintain the maximum cosmetic benefit of liposuction.

Post-operative Activity and Shower

Dr. Jane advises her patients to have a short walk about inside or outside their home on the day of the surgery. There is no post-operative activity restriction. Her patients are expected to take a shower at least once or twice daily beginning the next day of surgery.