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The upper arms are an area in which women, in particular, are very self-conscious.  Arm fat is one of the hardest areas to eliminate stubborn fat, even with a strict workout routine and a healthy diet. Even if you are at or very near your target weight, pockets of fat can remain on the upper arms and keep you from feeling your best. Other than invasive plastic surgery, with brachioplasty, there was historically, no any non-surgical option for fat reduction and toning the upper arms. Luckily, however, today there is a non-invasive, non-surgical, safe and effective treatment for reducing the concentration of unwanted fat in the upper arms: CoolSculpting. With fabulous results and no recovery time, CoolSculpting for the upper arms is an amazing fast and effective non-invasive body contouring procedure.

FDA-approved in 2012, CoolSculpting is currently the #1 fat reduction procedure in the United States for good reason. Before CoolSculpting for the upper arms was invented, there was no non-invasive method of fat reduction for the upper arms. But with CoolSculpting, patients can freeze fat away with no downtime necessary following treatment. The effects of CoolSculpting are permanent, provided you do not gain additional weight following the procedure, and with each treatment session, you can reduce a bulge of fat by up to 25%. Expert, board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Michele Green, was one of the very first dermatologists in NYC, more than a decade ago, to incorporate CoolSculpting treatments into her New York practice, with rave reviews. Dr. Green’s NYC Upper East office is CoolSculpting certified and her staff are experts in the latest CoolSculpting procedures. Almost every patient who comes in for a CoolSculpting procedure is so happy that they return for another Coolsculpting treatment in a different area of the body! That is why Dr. Green has been so excited about CoolSculpting applicator to treat the upper arms.

Dr. Green is an award winning dermatologist who has been treating patients at her Upper East Side New York City office for more than 25 years. An expert in non-invasive cosmetic dermatologic procedures, Dr. Green has incorporated the most cutting edge treatments, such as Velashape for body sculpting, QWO injections for cellulite, Thermage for skin tightening and Kybella for permanently removing fat cells. Whether it is the best skincare, laser skin treatments for sun damage, Dr. Green will help you select the perfect treatment plan to help you look your best.

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Coolsculpting, Inner Arms – 4 months

CoolSculpting works by a process called cryolipolysis. CoolSculpting was first FDA cleared in 2010 when Zeltiq manufactured the first CoolSculpting machine. CoolSculpting literally freezes the fat by controlled cooling – reducing the temperature down to -11°C. This controlled method of fat freezing kills the fat cells and these cells are excreted over time from the body.

The arms are a very problematic areas when it comes to weight loss and toning. Arm fat is one of the most difficult areas to eliminate, even with proper diet and exercise.  CoolSculpting is an FDA cleared non-surgical, non invasive fat reduction treatment proven to eliminate fat from the arms without surgery or downtime. CoolSculpting has a specially designed applicator for the arms to eliminate fat cells and help you regain your self confidence.

CoolSculpting is designed to reduce 20-25% of fat per treatment area. In addition to the upper arms, common treatment areas include the abdomen, love handles, back, bra fat (barbell), inner thighs, outer thighs, banana roll and buttocks, and the chin, or submental area to treat the “double chin.” There are special CoolSculpting applicators designed for each problem area of the body, with the CoolSculpting upper arms procedure being one of the most popular treatment areas requested in Dr. Green’s NYC office. CoolSculpting results can start to be appreciated in as little as 4 weeks, but the full results for CoolSculpting generally takes four months. Due to the simplicity of the procedure, and the ability to perform this treatment with no recovery time, CoolSculpting is one of the most popular procedures in Dr. Green’s New York office.

Can you do CoolSculpting on your arms?

The answer is yes! CoolSculpting works extremely well for the upper arms. If your arms make you self conscious and you are embarrassed to wear sleeveless shirts, CoolSculpting is the procedure for you! CoolSculpting procedure is able to reduce fat in the arms by freezing stubborn fat in the upper arms. A good candidate is someone in good health, who is within 20 pounds of their ideal weight, and has excess fat in their upper arms, or area being treated. An excess amount of loose skin will not be treated by CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting for the upper arms is designed for patients who have upper arm flab and diet and exercise has not improved its appearance. In many cases, especially in women, this excess fat in the upper arms can be hormonally related.

How does CoolSculpting work on arms?

CoolSculpting destroys fat cells by freezing them. CoolSculpting works by delivering controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin. The targeted fat cells are frozen, crystallized and then die. Over time your body naturally processes the crystallized fat and eliminates these dead fat cells. This natural metabolic processes, gives you a leaner, tighter body. When you come in for the consultation with Dr. Green, the nurse will take photographs of the areas which concern you. Dr. Green will measure the desired treatment areas and determine which applicators are best to treat your specific area of fat. A treatment plan is formulated and the applicator and cost are determined for you. In some cases, more than one applicator is need. The results of CoolSculpting can be seen as early as within the first month but it gradually progresses to appreciate the final results in 4 months.

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What is the CoolSculpting treatment process?

When you have decided to reduce the appearance of unwanted fat, the first step is to schedule your consultation appointment with Dr. Green. At your first appointment, Dr. Green will assess the treatment area and make a determination about the treatment or combination of treatments to reduce the concentration of fat cells on the upper arm and tighten the skin, if necessary. Depending on the amount of fat that has accumulated in the treatment area, you may need multiple CoolSculpting treatment sessions for optimal results. If Dr. Green determines that CoolSculpting is the right treatment to address your specific needs and aesthetic goals, Dr. Green’s office will start by photographing the treatment area in order to help measure the change. Then, Dr. Green will begin the treatment by applying gel pads to the treatment area followed by the CoolSculpting applicator. Typically, Dr. Green will use the Cool Advantage Fit applicator to treat the upper arms. If the treatment area is smaller, Dr. Green may use the Cool Petite mini instead or in addition. Treatment using the Cool Advantage Fit applicator usually takes 35 minutes per arm.

For most patients, there is mild discomfort during the procedure itself in the form of pinching and numbness when the applicator applied to the treatment area. Patients will feel a numbness on their skin when the applicator is placed on the surface of the skin as the treatment freezes the fat cells. Patients who have a history of poor circulation, such as Raynaud’s syndrome, may be particularly affected by the cooling treatment. Following the use of the applicator, Dr. Green may massage the treatment area to trigger the absorption and metabolizing of the fat cells. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure that does not require any downtime, meaning you can return to your regularly scheduled activities immediately after receiving the treatment.

How do you reduce unwanted upper arm fat?

Dr. Green recommends combining CoolSculpting for unwanted upper arm fat with other targeted exercises and healthy life style choices including:

  • Lifting weights for your arms including such exercises as biceps curls which will strengthen and improve the tone of your upper arms
  • Cardio exercise which burns fat including exercises that target your upper arms, including exercises like jumping jacks
  • Adding protein to your diet
  • Reducing intake of processed sugars and refined carbohydrates
  • Incorporating more protein in your daily diet
  • Drinking at least 24 ounces of water daily
  • Maintaining a healthy sleep cycle

How many CoolSculpting treatments are needed for arms?

The number of CoolSculpting treatments really depends on the amount of fat in the upper arms.  Each treatment of CoolSculpting yields a 25% reduction in the area treated. If there is a significant amount of fat in your upper arms, patients might typically have two treatments of CoolSculpting spaced about one month apart to yield a 40 to 50% fat reduction in the upper arms. Each patient is unique and a treatment plan will be formulated for you during the consultation with Dr. Green.

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CoolSculpting, arms – 18 months

Does CoolSculpting tighten the skin on the arms?

Unlike liposuction which is an aggressive surgical procedure to remove fat, CoolSculpting is a nonsurgical, non-invasive procedure for fat freezing. One of the problems with liposuction is that the skin can hang or have rippling in any area treated because of the sudden “trauma” of fat removal. CoolSculpting, however, gradually reduces the fat in the area treated it slowly reduces the fat in the treated area, which can take up to four months. Because of the gradual results with CoolSculpting, there is no skin sagging after the fat reduction is complete.

Some patients may feel that the skin is somewhat tightened due to the fat reduction. However, CoolSculpting does not tighten the skin. Many patients choose to combine CoolSculpting with Thermage to tighten the arm on their skin. Thermage tightens the skin in all areas of the body, and is even used to treat cellulite. Thermage FLX is the gold standard for skin tightening the arms, legs, abdomen, jowls, and buttocks. Thermage works through radiofrequency (RF) heat, where the deep dermal layer of the skin stimulates new production of collagen. This new collagen production tightens the skin and rejuvenates the areas treated, such as the upper arms. By combining CoolSculpting for fat reduction in the upper arms and Thermage to tighten the skin, you can achieve the best cosmetic results.

What are the side effects of CoolSculpting?

  • Temporary redness
  • Transient swelling
  • Bruising
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Transient numbness
  • Stinging or aching at the treatment site. CoolSculpting can cause pain, stinging, or aching, which is localized to the site of treatment. This effect typically occurs within two weeks after treatment, and is thought to be the results of the extreme cold temperature used during the CoolSculpting procedure. This side effect typically resolves on its own within a few weeks after treatment.
  • Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia which is a rare side effect, which occurs more commonly in men. The fat cells in the treatment side enlarge and need to be surgically treated to remove.

How much is CoolSculpting for arms?

The price for CoolSculpting depends on the area of the body being treated and the size of the applicator. A larger applicator for the abdomen will take longer and be more expensive than the smaller CoolSculpting applicator for the abdomen or flanks. The more areas of treatments needed, the greater the overall cost of the procedure. A certified CoolSculpting practice, like the office of Dr. Green, may be more expensive than a spa or clinic. It is very important to google the credentials of the treating CoolSculpting provider, and make sure that they have the proper training and experience for the best cosmetic results.

There are often promos offered such as the cost of the consultation being credited to the procedure, or discounts offered for multiple areas of CoolSculpting done on the same day. It is best to check with your treating physician during your consultation and arrange the appropriate treatment plan.

How effective is CoolSculpting for upper arms?

CoolSculpting works extremely well in all areas of the body, especially for the arms. The best candidate for CoolSculpting is a patient that is within 10 to 20 pounds of their ideal weight, without a lot of extra hanging skin on their upper arms. The CoolSculpting applicator that is used for the arms is the Cool Advantage Fit. The Cool Advantage Fit takes 35 minutes to treat the upper arms. In patients whose arms are very long, the patient may need an additional smaller applicator, the Cooladvantage Petite. The Cooladvantage petite needs an additional 35 minutes to treat the upper arm for a total of about one hour. With no recovery time, no discomfort, and no incision, CoolSculpting has soared in popularity, especially for treating the upper arms.

What other areas of the body does CoolSculpting treat?

CoolSculpting treats many other areas for body sculpting and reducing fat bulges on the body including:

  • Neck or double chin
  • Abdomen
  • Flanks
  • Love handles
  • Inner thighs
  • Outer thighs
  • Banana roll
  • Tops of knees
  • Bra fat

Will CoolSculpting leave loose skin?

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive treatment specifically designed to reduce unwanted fat deposits that are hard to get rid of even with a strict work out regimen and a healthy diet. While CoolSculpting is not used specifically to treat loose skin, the treatment will not leave patients with increased skin laxity. The CoolSculpting treatment is best for people who are at or very near their target weight, as it is not a weight loss procedure. Through the process of cryolipolysis, the CoolSculpting treatment causes the fat cells in the body to freeze and then rupture. Once that has occurred, the lymphatic system will slowly metabolize the ruptured fat cells over time. As the metabolism of the dead fat cells and the subsequent reduction in fat occurs over the course of several weeks, there is no increased skin laxity, or loose skin, that occurs as a result of the treatment. If you already have a high amount of skin laxity in the arms, CoolSculpting will not tighten already loose skin. For that, Dr. Green will recommend pairing the CoolSculpting treatment with Thermage radiofrequency laser treatment for skin tightening.

Does CoolSculpting work on flabby arms?

CoolSculpting is the ideal choice for patients looking to reduce pockets of fat cells from the upper arms. This nonsurgical solution can permanently remove the fat from your upper arms to achieve a smoother, trimmer set of upper arms that you can show off all Summer and year long. For some patients, this flab or saggy skin is a product of both aging and genetics. As we age, collagen breaks down, and we lose the firmness and elasticity in the skin. For many women, this loss of collagen and increase in fat is particularly noticeable in the upper arms. Fluctuations in weight loss can also play a role in the appearance and saggy upper arm skin. This is why Dr. Green often combines CoolSculpting for the upper arms with Thermage for radiofrequency skin tightening. By reducing fat and tightening the skin, the upper arms will be sleeker and more youthful in appearance.

Does CoolSculpting also tighten skin?

When patients ask, does CoolSculpting get rid of loose skin, the answer is: not really. While CoolSculpting does not leave patients with loose skin following the treatment,  it is not designed to tighten flabby skin. Unlike liposuction, which gets rid of fat all at once, which can leave patients with loose, sagging skin, CoolSculpting fat reduction happens over time, meaning that there is no increased skin laxity associated with the procedure. However, if the skin on your arms is already loose, which is common as a result of the natural aging process, Dr. Green may recommend pairing the CoolSculpting treatment with a skin tightening treatment, such as Thermage RF laser treatment.

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Combining Thermage with CoolSculpting to tighten the upper arm skin.

Thermage is a radiofrequency (RF) laser treatment that is used to tighten the skin, which can be combined with CoolSculpting for patients with high skin laxity on their arms. Thermage RF treatment is a non-invasive treatment that improves the contour and texture of the skin without the need for injections, surgery, or down time. The treatment works via the application of the Thermage device on the treatment area. The applicator emits a wavelength of radiofrequency energy that heats the inner layer of tissue while keeping the outer layer of skin cool. The energy emitted is absorbed as heat to the inner layer of skin, which causes controlled damage to the tissue. This damage triggers the body’s natural healing process, which stimulates the production of collagen, the protein responsible for keeping the skin firm, smooth, and youthful-looking. The loose, sagging skin is then replaced with tighter skin for a natural, contoured look, while also reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The Thermage treatment can be used for skin tightening in many areas of the body along with CoolSculpting, including the arms, neck, jawline, buttocks, abdomen, and legs.

Brachioplasty versus CoolSculpting

Brachioplasty, or arm lift surgery, is an invasive plastic surgery procedure which removes excess skin and fat from the arms. This invasive surgery is performed under general anesthesia by a plastic surgeon and has a significant healing and recovery time. At the end of the brachioplasty surgery, while both fat and skin are removed, you will be left with a significant scar under your arms. This type of arm lift procedure is best for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight and have a large amount of excess skin. CoolSculpting is best for patients who prefer no down time, and no surgery, and who need to reduce the fat bulge on their upper arms. There is no anesthesia, incision, or scars associated with any CoolSculpting procedure.

How many CoolSculpting treatments are needed to see results?

The number of treatment sessions necessary to get optimal results depends on the needs of each individual patients. Patients with a higher concentration of fat cells in a given treatment area may require more treatment sessions. CoolSculpting can reduce bulges of fat in various areas of the body by as much as 25% per session. For some patients, optimal results are achieved after only one treatment session, but for others, 2-4 treatment sessions may be necessary spaced one to four months apart. Results of the procedure will start to become visible after about two weeks but the fat cell metabolism process will take place over the course of several months. For that reason, full results of each treatment session can be seen after two to three months.

Does CoolSculpting affect pregnancy?

Dr. Green does not recommend CoolSculpting for patients who are pregnant – but receiving CoolSculpting treatment will not affect future pregnancies in any way. For patients who are interested in CoolSculpting treatment but are currently pregnant, Dr. Green recommends waiting for three months postpartum before coming in to receive CoolSculpting treatment. Three months after giving birth, patients can receive CoolSculpting on any area of the body, including the abdomen for a “mommy makeover.”

Skincare after CoolSculpting Arms Treatment

CoolSculpting for upper arms can have some mild side effects including redness, swelling, bruising at the treatment area, numbness, and some stinging or pain. In order to reduce the risk of bruising following the treatment, Dr. Green recommends avoiding anti-inflammatory medication prior to treatment. After the procedure, any discomfort, swelling, or discoloration of the skin should subside after a couple of days.

How do I get started treating my upper arm fat today?

The first step to getting treated with CoolSculpting for upper arm fat is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michele Green in her boutique NYC office. CoolSculpting is the only non-surgical FDA cleared treatment for upper arm fat and Dr. Green is a world leader in non-invasive body contouring and a specialist in CoolSculpting. She is an internationally renowned Botox and Juvederm injector, and a leader in non-invasive body contouring. If the fat on your upper arms is bothering you, and you want a safe and effective treatment, CoolSculpting may be the best solution for you. With over 25 years of experience in non-invasive dermatologic procedures, Dr. Green is consistently voted as one of the best dermatologists in NYC by Castle Connolly, the New York Times, Super Doctors and New York Magazine. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Green please call 212-535-3088 or contact us online today.

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