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As well as loose skin in the upper arms, colloquially referred to as bingo wings, the area of sagging tissue beneath the arms can also include excess fat, the weight of which is increasing the gravitational drag downwards and worsening the appearance of the arm. This can be cosmetically dissatisfying and stop women from wearing short sleeves or sleeveless clothing, but also impact on the tightness of sleeves when wearing tops, making clothing uncomfortable. As well as surgical and less invasive non-surgical procedures which can remove or tighten excess skin, other treatments seek to remove excess fat in the under arm, this can be done via physical extraction or using products which help the body to metabolise the fat cells to reduce the fat in the upper arms.
Cryolipolysis is a non-invasive fat removal procedure. It involves the cooling of subcutaneous fat cells, which induces lipolysis, the breaking down of the fat cells, without damaging any of the surrounding tissues or the skin.
Laser Lipolysis, currently available using mainly the Smartlipo laser, is a minimally invasive way of removing small localised fat deposits which are resistant to diet or exercise.
Liposuction (also called lipoplasty, liposculpture or lipectomy) is a surgical technique for removing specific areas of stubborn fat that do not respond to a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Lipotherapy or Injection Lipolysis treatment involves the use of an injectable solution to break down stubborn areas of fat, which are then eliminated through the body`s own lymphatic system. Products include Aqualyx.
RF energy is able to penetrate deep into the skin causing tissue tightening, heating of fat cells and increased blood circulation for body contouring, fat and cellulite reduction treatments.
Ultrasonic Body Contouring, available in the UK using the Ultrashape® and LipoSonix® devices, is the latest, minimally invasive way of effectively removing excess fat cells from the abdomen, thighs & flanks.
An upper arm lift or brachioplasty is part of a cosmetic surgery procedure called body contouring which is designed to remove excess saggy skin and fat from the upper arms.
The Accent system boasts dual handpieces – a bipolar one for volumetric dermal heating, aimed at skin tightening treatments; and a Unipolar one for for fat reduction and cellulite treatment.
AQUALYX™ is an injectable treatment of deoxycholate solution (containing deoxycholic acid) which is being marketed for ‘Aqualysis’ or ‘Aquaplasty’ treatment as a means of body contouring.
Radiofrequency Assisted Liposuction (RFAL™) using the BodyTite™ device from Invasix Ltd provides minimally invasive body tightening and skin contraction.
The BTL Vanquish is the only contactless radiofrequency technology for non-invasive fat removal. The latest generation of the device is the BTL Vanquish ME, standing for Maximum Energy.
CoolSculpting® is a cryolipolysis (cryolysis), or fat freezing device, and concept trademarked by Zeltiq Aesthetics Ltd used to reduce fat in specific areas of the body, such as on the abdomen, back, thighs, hips, legs, arms and chin.
Designed to treat the fat of multiple body areas through a controlled cooling system. cooltech has different handpieces in order to adapt the device to all body areas achieving the full body contouring treatment.
EndyMed’s 3DEEP RF applicators use radiofrequency technology to firm, tighten and lift sagging skin on the face and body by heating the collagen in the dermis.
Exilis® Elite uses a combination of monopolar radio frequency (RF) energy, ultrasound to stimulate fat lipolysis (the breakdown of fat cells) and collagen remodelling (for skin tightening), alongside skin cooking, helping to contour the body and face.
LipoContrast® from the Spanish company CLINIPRO is a revolutionary thermal shock treatment for the reduction of fat. It works by a process called thermal contrast lipolysis which uses a combination of hot and cold temperatures to target fat cells.
LipoGlaze™ was introduced into the UK marketplace by LoveLite UK (now Amabelle UK Ltd) in 2011. It uses a fat freezing or cryolipolysis technique for non-invasive fat removal and body contouring.
LipoSonix® is designed to non-invasively deliver focused, high intensity ultrasound energy directly into targeted fat cells to treat small areas of stubborn fat in the thighs, back, buttocks & abdomen
The Osyris Pharaon Lipo® Laser device utilises the most powerful Diode Laser for laser-assisted liposculpture or laser lipolysis treatment to remove stubborn areas of fat.
The ProMax Lipo is a combined radiofrequency, ultrasonic cavitation and vacuum massage device for facial skin tightening and body contouring.
SculpSure, developed by Cynosure offers non-invasive lipolysis (fat reduction) of the abdomen and flanks. It uses state of the art technology called hyperthermic laser treatment.
The Smart Lipo device from the Italian company Deka uses a 1064 nm Nd:YAG pulsed laser system to break down fat by laser-assisted liposculpture or laser lipolysis (Laserlipolisi) treatment.
The Thermage™ system is a mono-polar (one electrode) radiofrequency device that delivers radiofrequency energy deep into dermal tissues for facial skin tightening, body contouring and improvement in the appearance of cellulite.
TriPollar™ radio frequency (RF) technology is available via two devices, Apollo® and Regen®. The devices are marketed for cellulite reduction, body remodelling and skin tightening.
ULTRAFORMER III is a HIFU device offering ultrasound skin tightening for the face and body.
The UltraShape device is marketed as “the first proven non-invasive ultrasound solution for body contouring” aimed at the removal of excess fat cells without surgery from the abdomen and thighs.
VASER Lipo is a liposuction procedure performed using the VASER (Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance) device, which uses ultrasound energy for a treatment known as Liposelection.