Table of Contents
- 1 What causes fat arms or flabby arms?
- 2 What are the treatments available for treating arm fat?
- 3 Invasive arm fat removal treatment methods in Singapore
- 4 Non-invasive methods arm fat removal treatment methods in Singapore
- 5 Frequently Asked Questions
- 6 The takeaway
Shedding stubborn fat can be tricky, especially when it’s concentrated in a specific area of your body. Following a strict diet regime and exercising are the known methods for fat loss. But what do you do when fat from certain areas in your body are just THAT stubborn and hesitant to diet and exercise.
One of such areas is fat in the upper arms also known as flabby arm, fat arm or batwing arm. Indeed, the arms have often been considered as a problem area, leaving many people to seek out ways to lose extra arm fat.
Read on to find out more regarding the causes of arm fat and what are the options available to get rid of it.
What causes fat arms or flabby arms?
If you think you are the only one facing this problem, know that you are not alone in this. Arm fat is just one of the most common things caused by the onset of ageing. As you grow older, your metabolic rate naturally decreases.
While fat in the arm commonly accounts for flabby arms, another reason is loose skin also known as skin laxity which can give the appearance of a saggy arm1.
While in principle, these two factors can cause flabby arms, there might be several factors leading to either of the two broad causes mentioned above.
Other than ageing, some of the most common causes have been known to be:2
- Underlying Hormonal issues
- Dietary habits and lifestyle
While there has been no definitive conclusion on what causes arm fat, some studies have found that low levels of testosterone can also trigger the storage of excess fat in the upper arm region3.
What are the treatments available for treating arm fat?
While there are various ways a flabby arm can be treated, the most traditional ways are of course exercising and dietary planning for overall weight reduction. However, targeted loss of fat in this region can be very difficult to achieve in this way4.
Even, with a proper dietary regime and exercise, a flabby arm can still persist.
In this section of the article, let’s compare the four of the most common arm fat removal treatments in Singapore, two invasive treatments and two other non-invasive treatments.
Let’s jump right in.
Invasive arm fat removal treatment methods in Singapore
This is one of the traditional methods of fat removal. Liposuction for the arm is a cosmetic surgical procedure to remove excess fat from under the skin of the upper arm to obtain shapely and sculpted arms.
The procedure is an invasive, but not an overwhelming difficult process. During the treatment, it is probable that only local anesthetic is used. Rather than being unconscious, the anesthetic is only applied to the area undergoing surgery.
A cannula, a steel tube used during liposuction procedures, will then be inserted into the skin. Moving the cannula in a backward and forward motion, the doctor will break up the fat cells. The loosened fat is then withdrawn with a syringe or vacuum.
Patients may notice some bruising, swelling, or discomfort immediately after the surgery take place. However, it is possible that temporary drains will be placed under the incisions to allow excess fluid of blood to drain.
Much like most surgical procedures, liposuction procedures also do require a significant amount of recovery period, ranging from 4 to 6 weeks of recovery time.
Upper Arm Lift Reduction Surgery, also known as Brachioplasty, is a surgical method of reducing and tightening excessive skin around the arms. This procedure involves making an incision extending from the armpit to the elbow to remove excess skin and tighten it to give proper contour to the arms.
During the procedure, the surgeon will make the incisions on the undersides of the arms. The length and pattern of the incisions depends on how much skin will be removed. After making the incisions, the plastic surgeon will tighten your underlying tissues and secure them with stitches. The skin will then be draped over the new contours and excess skin will be removed.
The risks are similar to that of liposuction surrounding around longer downtime, complications from the procedure and the risks associated with anesthesia.
Non-invasive methods arm fat removal treatment methods in Singapore
CoolSculpting | Cryolipolysis | Fat Freezing
Cryolipolysis, also known as fat freezing or by its commercial name CoolSculpting, is a non-invasive fat removal treatment method that uses extremely cold temperatures to target and destroy fat cells in specific areas of the body. Approved by the US FDA for fat removal, CoolSculpting has also been used as an arm fat removal treatment in Singapore as well7.
CoolSculpting utilises cold temperatures that go as low as -13°C to freeze the fat cells to death. A cupped device is first placed on the targeted area, where it transmits temperatures that are just low enough to freeze fat cells and destroying them. The dead fat cells are then removed over the 3 months naturally with the help of the lymphatic system. Additionally, studies have shown that the procedure is able to remove up to 27% fat in one treatment8.
Results of CoolSculpting only begins to be noticeable after 2 to 3 months as the body continues to expel the destroyed fat cells. However, it does not require a significant amount of downtime and patients are able to resume their daily activities immediately after the treatment.
SculpSure | WarmSculpting | Laser Lipolysis
SculpSure is another non-invasive fat removal procedure that can target fat at specific sites. While CoolSculpting uses cold temperatures to achieve this, SculpSure uses the help of high temperature to kill the fat cells11,12. SculpSure has also been approved by US FDA for commercial use in various sites in the body, with the arms being one of the approved areas13.
SculpSure has an added benefit too. On top of being able to conduct fat removal, SculpSure is also able to tighten the skin through its laser heat energy and increase collagen production for firmer and tighter appearance of the skin14.
Much like CoolSculpting, results begin to be noticeable within 2-3 months as the body continues to expel the destroyed fat cells. There is also no downtime required for SculpSure and patients are able to resume their daily activities immediately after the treatment.
|What it does||Removes larger volumes of fat from common areas such as the abdomen, back, flanks, thighs, calves, arms and neck.||Removes fat and excess skin from the arm area.||Removes fat using extremely cold temperatures from areas such as the abdomen, flanks, back, thighs, calves, arms and neck.
Up to 27%* fat reduction with each treatment.
|Removes fat in targeted areas such as belly, back, love handles, thighs, submental fat and arms.
Up to 25%* fat reduction with each treatment.
|Surgical or Non-Surgical||Surgical||Surgical||Non-surgical||Non-surgical|
|Procedure Time||About 2 hours, depending on area||About 1 to 2 hours||45mins to 1 hour||45mins to 1 hour|
|Back to Daily Activities||6 to 8 weeks||4 to 6 weeks||Immediately||Immediately|
|Results Appear||6 to 12 weeks||6 to 12 weeks||2 to 3 months||2 to 3 months|
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can you get rid of fat arms through diet and exercise?
Fat removal from arms is different for every individual. For some lucky few, exercise and proper diet regime can be effective in getting rid of arm fat. However, for others, arm fat can be extremely stubborn and might not respond to any diet or exercise.
2. What are the non-invasive methods for removal of the batwings arm?
As mentioned, CoolSculpting and SculpSure are effective non-invasive methods that can be used for arm fat removal. Despite that, you might see that there are several non-invasive methods for the removal of arm fat in on the market.
However, it is important to note that for fat freezing, CoolSculpting is the only treatment on the market approved by the FDA to perform fat removal through cryolipolysis. For laser lipolysis, SculpSure was the first of its kind to be approved by the FDA to perform fat removal using laser heat energy.
3. How to remove loose skin quickly from arms?
Usually, invasive surgical procedures have the fastest results. However, not everyone is a suitable candidate for surgical procedures. Non-invasive treatments such as SculpSure has seen remarkable results in the treatment of skin laxity as well.
Fat loss is a challenging process. While you can give your full effort for fat loss, you do not know how your body will respond and which areas of your body will shed fat. This results in stubborn pockets of fat remaining in some areas like your arms.
The best place for you to start? Make sure that you are well aware of what each procedure entails before you make your decision. However, in order to choose the right treatment that suits you best, a detailed body assessment is necessary. Schedule an appointment today to find out which treatment suits you best.