High Definition arm contouring | SurgiSculpt
Author: Babak Moein, MD FACSBoard-certified,
Fellowship trained in Cosmetic Surgery

High Definition Arm Contouring

INTRODUCTION TO High Definition Arm Contouring

High Definition Arm Liposuction: refers to arm liposuction techniques used to achieve superior arm contour outcomes. Superior results are obtained through the following:

  • Comprehensive removal of fat from the arm undersurface
  • Muscle etching using Vaser liposuction over the deltoids, biceps, and triceps
  • Elimination of loose skin using Renuvion technology
  • Elimination of skin redundancy with an arm lift


Whereas traditional liposuction removes modest underarm fat, VASER exceeds traditional technology with the ability to remove fat deposits comprehensively and provide the ability to detail muscle highlights by etching arm muscles. Liposuction specialists may utilize any method of liposuction for the underarm, including laser-assisted liposuction, power-assisted liposuction, traditional tumescent fluid liposuction, and/or VASER liposuction. Although all employ a tumescent solution to prepare the arm, VASER benefits from administering ultrasound energy to emulsify the fat tissue before removal.

By defining the deltoid grooves, biceps, and triceps, an experienced surgeon utilizing VASER liposuction can optimize arm contour with circumferential high definition results. High definition arm liposuction procedure also incorporates surgical procedures to tighten loose skin and eliminate skin redundancy.

Men typically desire defined and strong, muscular arms. Both VASER liposuction and intramuscular fat grafting can be employed to help emphasize muscle highlights of a strong biceps, bulky triceps, and prominent deltoids.

In contrast, women desire a sleeker, toned arm, which eliminates underside fat and any skin redundancy. If skin laxity or redundancy is present, this must be addressed in your arm liposuction surgery.

Tightening skin looseness is a mainstay of arm liposuction surgery since most patients desiring liposuction treatment also require skin tightening. Minimal to moderate skin laxity can be corrected using Renuvion's skin tightening technology that shrinkwraps collagen molecules by application of thermal energy.

Elimination of skin redundancy is a priority of older candidates for arm liposuction who present with excess skin resulting from natural aging. Older patients are more likely to require skin excision, determined by an arm lift, to eliminate skin redundancy.

High Definition Arm Liposuction Description

Procedure: Ultimate elimination of excess fat and loose or redundant skin that accumulates on the underside of the arms and etching and bulking up the arm muscles when desired.

  • Length: 1 to 2 hours of surgical time, depending on whether skin excision is recommended by the cosmetic surgeon
  • Anesthesia: General or local anesthesia.
  • Place of Treatment: Outpatient surgical suite

Side Effects of High definition arm liposuction:

Temporary lumpiness is a frequent side effect following high definition arm contouring. This problem results from poor lymphatic drainage of the arms that results in fluid leakage into the arm and subsequent scar formation. Fortunately, blood loss is not a concern as the tumescent saline solution restricts any blood product losses. Serial lymphatic messages are essential to resolving any lumpiness observed in the early postoperative period. Lymphatic massages are often supplemented with external radiofrequency messages that help break up scar tissues.

Prolonged swelling may be observed for up to 3 months since the lymphatic channels in the arm are intrinsically friable. This is evident in breast cancer patients who frequently develop prolonged swelling following breast cancer surgery. As a result, multiple measures are taken to encourage drainage of the arms, including 1)leaving port sites open to drain in the postoperative period; 2)Lymphatic messages that are performed continually throughout the first ten days following surgery. 3)Compression garments with continuous arm wraps maintained throughout the first two weeks to avoid swelling by minimizing oozing from blood vessels.

Recovery High Definition Arm Contouring: The recovery period for high definition liposuction arm contouring is minimal, lasting as little as a few days to 1 week. 1 to 2 weeks of recovery time may be required if you require skin excision. Even if you experience temporary lumpiness or swelling, you are urged to return to normal activities within 2 to 3 weeks.. Patients are encouraged to return to the gym with full strenuous activity no later than four weeks following surgery.

Duration of High Definition Arm Contouring Results: Patients are universally pleased with high definition liposuction of the arms. The elimination of fat excess and skin looseness or redundancy, as well as defining muscle highlights, results in transformative results that will last a lifetime as long as you keep a healthy lifestyle.

High Definition Arm Contouring Frequently Asked Questions:

High definition arm contouring requires tumescent liposuction and Vaser Liposuction to remove the fat, Renuvion skin tightening when skin looseness is present, excision of skin when redundancy is present, and strategic fat grafting when muscular bulking is desired.

You are a good candidate for high definition arm contouring if you demonstrate excess fat in the underside of your arm and if you have skin looseness or redundancy on the undersurface of your arm that tends to develop with age. VASER liposuction combined with intramuscular fat transfer is recommended for younger patients desiring muscle highlights and stronger-looking muscle tissues.

The most frequent side effect of high definition arm contouring is prolonged swelling. This is because the lymphatic channels of the arm are not strong. To minimize this side effect, patients are encouraged to start eating a high-protein diet to minimize leakage of plasma fluid from the vessels. Specifically, patients are encouraged to intake at least 150mg of protein daily. If this cannot be accomplished through your diet, protein shake supplements between meals will help. Finally, compliance with compression garments is also reinforced. 

You can expect to eliminate undersurface fat and skin looseness without lengthy incisions. In addition, you can expect to have improved muscle highlights, especially the anterior deltoid groove and the posterior deltoid groove along the bicipital groove.

High Definition Arm Contouring Patient-Specific Questions:

If you have minimal to moderate skin redundancy on your underarm surface, VASEE liposuction, combined with Renuvion skin tightening, will provide superior arm contouring results. When moderate to severe skin redundancy is present, patients may elect to undergo skin excision surgery such as a Brachioplasty. Brachioplasty is a cosmetic surgery that describes the elimination of excess arm skin that improves skin tone. Eliminating excess arm skin cuts out extra skin, contrasting the tightening of skin elasticity achieved with Renuvion J Plasma. The disadvantage of a Brachioplasty is that a long surgical incision line will require time to heal and result in the delayed resumption of physical activities.

You will be allowed to return to the gym within one week of undergoing high definition arm contouring. Recovery from arm liposuction is seamless and requires minimal downtime since patients typically feel completely normal within a few days after surgery. This is because tumescent fluid used in arm liposuction results in immediate pain relief during and after your surgery.  In contrast, liposuction with arm lift requires more prolonged healing times due to the surgical incision. 


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