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CoolSculpting vs. Brachioplasty: Understand Each Arm Lift Procedure

In life, we are constantly striving to look our best. And there are many reasons to love an arm lift! First, it can help you get rid of fat and skin in your upper arms so that you can confidently show off those sleeveless tops and dresses. But did you know there are two different types of arm lifts? If you’re curious about which procedure is right for you, read on as we break down each option: CoolSculpting vs. Brachioplasty.

What Is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is an FDA-cleared non-surgical procedure that freezes and destroys fat cells. It works by targeting specific areas of the body where you want to reduce stubborn fat. Since the procedure is non-invasive, there is minimal downtime after the treatment. It’s also quick—each session takes about 30 minutes or less depending on the treatment area(s).

With CoolSculpting, you can expect to lose anywhere from 18-25% fat in one treatment session. However, it takes several weeks for your body to get rid of the dead fat cells. So, don’t expect an instant change in appearance right after your session. It usually takes about three months of consistent CoolSculpting sessions for people to see significant results.

This painless procedure is ideal for those who want to improve the look of their arms without going under the knife. However, while CoolSculpting boasts plentiful benefits, the treatment isn’t suitable for everyone. After evaluating your body, a specialist will let you know whether you’re a good fit for CoolSculpting during your initial consultation.

How Does Brachioplasty Differ from CoolSculpting?

Unlike CoolSculpting, which is non-invasive, Brachioplasty is a surgical upper arm lift procedure. This cosmetic surgery reduces excess skin and fat from the upper arm. It also eliminates loose skin while tightening the arm’s shape. Since the procedure requires incisions, you may end up with some scars. But if you have a lot of excess skin, then Brachioplasty may be more effective than CoolSculpting.

Brachioplasty is more expensive than CoolSculpting for several reasons. First, there are the anesthesia fees. Surgery requires a higher level of expertise, so there’s a cost built into that. Finally, the cost may be higher if you need post-operative care.

What Happens During an Arm Lift?

The arm lift procedure varies depending on if you choose CoolSculpting or Brachioplasty.

CoolSculpting: How It Works

CoolSculpting is a relatively straightforward procedure. It’s a “lunchtime” treatment, which means you can schedule sessions during a lunch break on any workday. A specialist will put a gel pad and applicator on your treatment site during the treatment. The applicator delivers controlled cooling to the stubborn fat. The provider moves the device over your skin during the cooling session while the applicator works magic.

A great perk of CoolSculpting is it is a targeted treatment. This means surrounding tissues around the treatment site remain unharmed. For the arms, one CoolSculpting session is usually enough to see results. However, depending on your unique case, you may need more. Your provider will let you know during your consultation how many to expect.

Understanding Brachioplasty

Brachioplasty patients can expect general anesthesia, so they are asleep and pain-free during the surgery. Once the anesthesia kicks in, the surgeon creates incisions in the armpit to remove excess fat and reposition the remaining tissue. Tightening the muscles and skin gives a more toned appearance than simply removing excess fat and skin. At the end of the procedure, the surgeon uses stitches to close the incisions. You’ll leave with the treatment area covered with a bandage.

After Brachioplasty, you may need to take time off work to let your body heal from the invasive surgery. It’s normal to experience soreness, bruising, and swelling after the procedure. These effects should pass on their own after several days. But plan to keep it easy for a week or two after this arm lift procedure.

Should I Get CoolSculpting or a Brachioplasty?

It depends. Before deciding on a treatment, it’s crucial to consider your cosmetic goals. Do you want an arm lift but don’t want to commit to a cosmetic surgery? CoolSculpting is a good choice. You can get right back to work and resume daily activities after your session. On the other hand, do you have too much excess skin that CoolSculpting alone can’t fix? Look into Brachioplasty.

It’s worth noting that Brachioplasty candidates may also benefit from CoolSculpting to shrink excess fat in their arms before undergoing surgery. Find out what your body needs by consulting a reputable arm lift provider like Concierge Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery.

Leaning toward Brachioplasty? Keep these considerations in mind:

Get an Arm Lift in Chicago, IL

Selecting an experienced provider is crucial, regardless of which arm lift procedure you choose. Both CoolSculpting and Brachioplasty are technique-sensitive procedures. So, you’ll want a board-certified plastic surgeon who provides both treatments and has extensive experience performing them.

There are many options available when it comes to surgery. But your choice should always have the best results in mind for you and your body. Concierge Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery offers both CoolSculpting and Brachioplasty arm lifts in Chicago, IL.

Not sure which is better for you? We’d love to help steer your decision-making process. Call 312-255-1495 to schedule a free consultation today! Let’s discuss your aesthetic goals, budget, and expectations. From there, we can determine which procedure best suits your needs and create an appropriate treatment plan.


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