For many, the fat that resides in the upper arm is hard to remove through diet and exercise alone, due to genetics and hormones at play. The situation can be made worse as excess skin becomes a part of the problem.

Patients who have a significant amount of fat and/or loose skin on their upper arms may feel self-conscious or uncomfortable when wearing certain types of clothing or when in social settings such as going to the beach or hanging by the pool. At Reflections Center, we provide an array of treatment options to help correct this problem area to provide a slim, toned arm contour. Please contact our office today and request your complimentary consultation with a certified cosmetic physician.


About Arm Fat

The fat that resides in the upper arms can be difficult to combat with only diet and exercise, because there is often either a genetic and/or hormonal component that makes it very difficult for your body to shed this fat.

Arm fat is a common concern for many people, affecting both men and women, but typically the underlying cause of excess arm fat is different in men than in women.

For men, excess skin is less commonly part of the problem. Typically, men who complain of excess fat in their arms are bothered by a disproportionately large arm that is made of both muscle and fat. When the fat is removed, an athletic, strong arm is revealed. Skin damage is less common in men, although it can occur due to weight fluctuations or advanced age. For the most part, though, men require very little skin repair and more attention to sculpting detail.

Excess skin or excess fat - or both?Women often call their upper arms “bat wings” as they age. This descriptive name refers to the way that the upper arm skin thins and sags as a woman ages, creating a jiggly, loose “wing of skin (and sometimes fat) that droops down the back of the arm. This happens for all women with time, as hormonal changes thin the skin, and while it can be combatted with treatments that strengthen the underlying support structure of this skin – the collagen and elastin bundles that form a fibrous web at the base layers of the skin – any amount of excess fat in the upper arm, for a woman, will speed up this process of skin thinning and sagging. So it is critical to remove excess fat from this area quickly, and typically fat removal is paired with skin repair, for the best results.

Treatment Options for Removing Arm Fat and Tightening Loose Arm Skin

Minimally Invasive Surgical Options

Liposuction provides the most precise and profound results for removing arm fat. Unlike traditional liposuction, these liposuction treatments are minimally invasive and performed under local anesthesia (that’s right – no general anesthesia). This makes for a treatment that is safer, quicker, gentler, and more affordable. Plus the recovery is much shorter using these techniques. During these procedures, fat cells are removed from the upper arms through a micro-cannula to safely and effectively slim and sculpt the arms.

In general, we tend to use one of two types of laser liposuction on the arms:

Vaser Liposuction for Removing Excess Fat from the Arms

Vaser Ultrasonic Liposuction, commonly known as Vaser Lipo, is a breakthrough in fat removal technology. This treatment provides incredible results with minimal downtime. Through the use of ultrasonic sound waves, the fat cells are targeted and broken down to allow for quick and efficient extraction, without damage to the surrounding tissues. This makes for an incredibly gentle and effective procedure.

Smartlipo Laser Liposuction for Removing Excess Fat and Tightening Loose Skin on the Arms

Smartlipo offers a unique advantage for treating the arms – it has an under-the-skin laser skin tightening treatment. Rather than using columns of laser energy shot through the skin to collagen layers below, this laser is run underneath the skin, targeting only the collagen layer, but treating it completely. This produces incredible skin tightening and firming. This laser treatment is performed after the fat is removed using micro-cannula technology. This one-two punch makes Smartlipo particularly effective at not only slimming and sculpting but also tightening and toning the arms.

ThermiTight and PrecisionTX for Tightening Loose Arm Skin Without an Arm Lift Surgery

PrecisionTX is the branded name for the Smartlipo laser skin tightening treatment when it is performed without the liposuction component. ThermiTight works similarly, using radiofrequency heat instead of laser heat to treat the collagen bundles from underneath the skin. These two treatments can create nearly identical results because they each use heat, applied in a very similar style, to achieve remodeling and synthesis of collagen and elastin. This creates not only a profound tightening effect, but also firms and tones the skin. Unlike arm lift surgery (also called “bracchioplasty”), these procedures do not leave large scars behind. Instead, very small insertion points generally disappear completely as the scars heal. The recovery is also much, much shorter and easier with these treatments than with an arm lift surgery. These two are the treatment of choice for women with elbow wrinkles and crepey skin concerns as well.

Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Arms

CoolSculpting and SculpSure for Removing Excess Fat from the Arms

CoolSculpting and SculpSure are non-invasive (no needles and no surgery) fat reduction treatments that can be used to target excess fat on the upper arms. Each of these treatments takes advantage of the extreme sensitivity of fat cells compared to other cells and tissues surrounding them. CoolSculpting uses a special process called cryolypolisis to freeze the fat cells, and SculpSure uses a specific wavelength of laser to melt the fat cells – each without causing any damage or disruption to surrounding tissues, and without the need for injections or surgery. Once fat cells have been treated with either CoolSculpting or SculpSure, you can expect up to 20-25% of the fat cells in that area to be destroyed and removed by the body’s natural self-cleaning systems in the weeks that follow. Because these treatments do not effectively remove all of the fat cells in a single treatment, most patients choose to undergo 2-3 treatments, spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Full results are seen around 12 weeks after the last treatment. This no downtime with either of these treatments, and they are non-invasive, so there’s no risk of scarring or anesthesia required.

Exilis Ultra 360 for Tightening and Toning the Arms

Exilis Ultra 360 is the new and improved Exilis system that now includes Ultrasonic tightening and fat cell reduction, in addition to radiofrequency tightening. It is an FDA cleared treatment for fat reduction and to provide tightening of the skin in a noninvasive, comfortable treatment. Our experience tells us Exilis is much better at tightening and toning the skin than it is at removing fat, so we tend to tell patients to think of circumferential reduction as an added bonus. It is, however, very effective at tightening the skin. It’s also one of the most affordable of the treatments we offer. Depending on the particular case, patients typically undergo a series of three to six treatments scheduled two weeks apart to receive optimal results.

Why Choose Reflections in New Jersey for Your Arm Sculpting Procedure

Our Cosmetic Physicians offer patients a variety of cutting-edge surgical and nonsurgical treatments to choose from. Our Cosmetic Physicians are dedicated to providing you with honest answers about which treatments will help you achieve the results you’re seeking while fitting your budget and lifestyle. If you want to avoid surgery, scars, and downtime – we can help you do that. If you want a single procedure that completely reshapes your body – we can help you do that. If you want something affordable that makes you feel more confident in tank tops – we can help you do that. We know no two patients are the same, so we have collected the latest technologies and best doctors in one practice to allow us to offer the best treatment options to each patient.

The first step is to schedule your complimentary consultation with one of our Cosmetic Physicians to discuss your treatment options for your arms. If you’re ready to learn about which options are best for you, we encourage you to contact us today.

What Causes Arm Fat?

Arm fat can be caused by a variety of factors and can leave men and women feeling dissatisfied with their bodies. This problem area is common and is rarely affected by diet and exercise, no matter how significant. Although it may be thought that a high caloric intake causes this fat, there are a few different causes for these unwanted fatty cells. These causes include:

Low Testosterone

Although testosterone is known as the male sex hormone, women do naturally have a baseline level. This hormone, found in both sexes, helps to support energy, muscle building and has positive effects on sexual health. When these levels become lower than normal, this can cause the body to store fat and prevent muscle development. These testosterone levels are easily affected by many factors in life such as stress, lack of sleep, poor eating habits, excessive alcohol consumption, thyroid issues, or a lifestyle with little exercise or movement. As we age, however, we all experience decreased testosterone levels. For women, this occurs throughout perimenopause and beyond. For men, decreased testosterone starts very slowly at age 30, losing about 1% per year.

Good Candidates for Arm Fat Removal and/or Skin Tightening

The patients who undergo one of our treatments should be near their goal weight because weight fluctuations can negatively impact the outcomes of these procedures. During the initial consultation, the cosmetic physician will help choose the best treatment option.

In order to determine candidacy, please contact Reflections Center and request your complimentary consultation today.

The first step in choosing the best treatment for you is contacting Reflections Center and scheduling a complimentary consultation. During this appointment, the cosmetic physician will be able to assess the patients particular case and evaluate their medical history. This will help to determine the best treatment option for their situation and the desired results. The physician will then help each patient to construct a treatment plan based on their exact needs. In some cases, more than one treatment can be combined to achieve their goals. At this time, the patient will also be given a personalized price quote for their procedure. Please contact our office today and request a consultation.

Medical Director at Reflections Center

Dr. Mitchell Chasin founded Reflections Center for skin & body as a place where physicians specializing in cosmetic medicine could focus on helping empower patients to feel their most beautiful. Dr. Chasin believes strongly that the best cosmetic physicians are those who are dedicated to mastering their craft through continuing education and collaboration with the industry’s top doctors.