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non-surgical arm fat removal

Non-Surgical Arm Fat Removal

Non-surgical arm fat removal treatments including fat freezing and ultrasound cavitation

At Fat Freezing Manchester we offer non-surgical arm fat removal treatments including fat freezing and ultrasound cavitation. Both treatments are non-surgical and non-invasive fat reduction treatments that can reduce excess fat around and below the upper arms, sometimes also referred to as "bingo wings". 

Ways to remove arm fat through non-surgial treatment

Non-surgical arm fat reduction treatments are becoming more popular as they are effective, yet much less invasive. There is no downtime following treatments, no waiting lists, much lower costs and much less discomfort to consider. However, multiple treatments are often required to get the results that are desired and it takes 6 to 12 weeks to see the full results following treatment. 

The most effective fat reduction treatments for the upper arms is fat freezing. During a fat freezing treatment applicators are placed on top or below the arms (whichever is most comfortable for the client) where the excess fat is. The temperature of the fat is then reduced to below minus temperatures where the fat cells begin to break down. The fat cells go through a process of self-destruction as a result of the treatment, which takes time. The fat cells have to break down and the debris has to be carried away through the body's natural systems for it to be expelled from the body. As the amount of fat cells in the upper arms are reduced the fat loss is permanent, as long as weight remains balanced and no significant weight gain occurs.

Fat on the arms can also be reduced through ultrasound cavitation and radiofrequency treatment. For this treatment to be successful a course of treatments should be considered with a minimum of 6 treatments approximately one week apart. This treatment reduces fat, however less effectively than fat freezing, but with the added benefit of skin tightening through the use of the radiofrequency. This treatment tightens the arms where there is excess or uneven skin and can be more appropriate for older individuals or those that have lost a significant amount of weight already.

Ways to remove arm fat through surgical treatment

There are surgical options available for reducing arm fat, and liposuction is one of the most common procedures. Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery that involves the removal of excess fat from specific areas of the body, including the arms. 

Like any surgical procedure, liposuction comes with potential risks and complications, but it is generally considered safe when performed by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. However, the safety of liposuction depends on various factors, including the patient's overall health, the extent of the procedure, and adherence to postoperative care guidelines.

Risks of liposuction include infections, significant bruising and swelling, long term numbness and sensation changes, seroma or hematoma formation, blood clot formations and allergic reactions. As a result of liposuction there can also be issues with results including asymmetry, scarring and skin irregularities in the treated area.

Liposuction is an extreme treatment that removes fat from the arm area immediately. However it will take time before results can be enjoyed due to the significance of the healing time. 

Arm fat removal with non-surgical fat frezing

What exercise and diet can achieve

It's important to note that losing fat from a specific area of the body, sometimes referred to as "spot reduction" is not possible. However, by adopting a comprehensive approach to fitness and nutrition, you can achieve overall fat loss, including in the arms. Furthermore, by improving muscle you can improve the muscle tone and appearance of the arms can positively change as a result.


The way you eat affects your body fat mass most. To reduce overall body fat, including in the arms its important to consider the following:

Balanced diet

Adopt a balanced and nutritious diet that includes a variety of whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats. Monitor your calorie intake to create a calorie deficit for weight loss.

Portion control

Be mindful of portion sizes to avoid overeating. Eating smaller, balanced meals throughout the day can help regulate blood sugar levels and prevent excessive calorie consumption.

Stay hydrated

Drinking enough water is essential for overall health and can help control appetite. Sometimes, feelings of hunger can be mistaken for dehydration.

Limit processed foods and sugars

Cut down on processed foods, sugary beverages, and excessive intake of refined sugars. These can contribute to weight gain and hinder your fitness goals.


Exercise that can help with the reduction of arm fat include:

Cardiovascular exercise

Engage in regular cardiovascular exercises such as running, cycling, swimming, or brisk walking. These activities help burn calories and contribute to overall fat loss, including in the arms.

Strength training

Include strength training exercises that target the arms, such as bicep curls, triceps dips, push-ups, and overhead presses. Building muscle in the arms can help improve their appearance and boost metabolism.

Compound exercises

Focus on compound exercises that work multiple muscle groups simultaneously. Examples include squats, lunges, and bench presses. These exercises burn more calories and promote overall fat loss.

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

HIIT workouts involve short bursts of intense exercise followed by brief periods of rest. This type of training can be effective for burning calories and improving overall fitness.

With both exercise and diet consistency is key. Arm fat and loose arm skin can increase and worsen as a result of yo-yo dieting and significant or continuous weight fluctuations. 

Efficacy of non-surgical arm fat reduction treatments 

Non-surgical fat reduction treatments can be highly effective for those looking to lose fat on their arms and tighten the upper arm area. Depending on the amount of fat that you wish to lose you may require multiple treatments over a period of time. With fat freezing you should have a break of at least 6 weeks between treatments as it takes time for the fat cell debris to be removed from the area and to see the majority of results. For ultrasound cavitation and radiofrequency a minimum gap of 3 days between treatments is required but its generally advised to have 1 treatment a week. 

Results of both surgical and non-surgical arm fat removal treatments depend in some extend on the behaviour of the client following treatment. Where you gain weight you will see less to no results and its important to consider whether you are willing to commit to a healthy lifestyle prior to choosing fat loss treatment. 

Fat loss treatments are not an alternative to a healthy lifestyle, and should only be considered in conjunction with a balanced diet and exercise. 

Risks associated with arm fat removal treatment

There are significantly less risks with non-surgical arm fat removal treatments as the skin isn't pierced and much less trauma is caused. However, some risks are associated to fat freezing, radiofrequency and ultrasound cavitation. 

The main risks from fat freezing include bruising, minor short term swelling, redness directly following treatment and localised temporary numbness. You may experience these fat freezing side effects for a couple days to a couple of weeks. However, for most these subside within hours. The full list of possible side effects are listed on the side effects page. For ultrasound cavitation and radiofrequency the same side effects could occur but are less likely. 

Booking non-surgical fat reduction on the arms

If you wish to book in for fat freezing on the upper arms you will need to book in for "2 fat freezing applicators" as 1 applicator is used on each side. 

If you wish to book ultrasound cavitation with radiofrequency treatment for arm tightening you can either book a single treatment or a course of treatments. You can adjust your single treatment to a course on the day of your first treatment so it is not necessary to commit to a course online. 

2 fat freezing applicators are priced at £175 and ultrasound cavitation radiofrequency treatments are £80 per treatment or £400 for 6x treatments. 

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