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Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby scarchick » Wed Apr 06, 2011 3:20 pm

Amber, listen.. the way you were - bawling your eyes out, is totally normal. It is exactly what happened to me. I am not a crier either, I was so low and scared, and panicky, impatient, regretting what I'd done. Everything was black. I wanted everything to go back to normal. The doom and gloom was particularly related to the scars. I'm not sure if it's a reaction to the anaesthetic as well? :evil:
After 3 weeks, I just suddenly came out of it. \:D/
Now everything is wonderful. =D>
The tingly feeling will just be the nerves healing and everything knitting together. It's a GREAT sign. I love your arms, I think they look really really well done. Trust me you will look back on this and laugh.
Actually, you will probably try and remember how bad u felt but u won't be able to. [-X

YOUR ARMS ARE FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!

A M B E ' R S A R M S A R E F A N T A S T I C !!! [-o<

ok..
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby armsofurangel » Wed Apr 13, 2011 5:31 pm

So nice to see some activity on the arm lift board. I have had quite a bit of surgery. I had gastric bypass back in 2005, lost 85 lbs and regained 100 lbs. I started my journey over 420lbs. Through diet and exercise I finally lost over 230 lbs and was left with a body I never imagined, tons of skin and even though I lost so much weight I was in a size 20. I had a TT/MR, lipo and revisions, a breast lift and I had an arm lift on 3/21. I have to say that out of all the surgeries I have had, the AL recovery has been the hardest by far. All the surgeries and I have never had complications other than swelling. But the arm lift thats another story. My incision under my right arm where the horizontal and vertical meet had opened up and I actually had a little necrosis. The pain and swelling is a big challenge. At 3 weeks PO the swelling makes me feel that my arms arent that much better than pre op but it can take anywhere up to a year to see the final results. So patience is key. For those of us who have lost significant weight it is so important not to lose site of the journey and how far we have come. For me, these surgeries have to be done in stages, and it can be very frustrating and discouraging, but in the end ....it is all so worth it!!! :mrgreen:
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby Bejewelme » Thu Apr 14, 2011 2:59 pm

Arms-
Sorry to hear you are still suffering a bit, OMG you look fabulous though!!!!!!! Your journey is amazing, and I swear you look like a young Liz Taylor, LOL.
I am feeling better this week, I finally was able to apply the silicone scar sheets and I am so pleased after just 2 days! I am still swollen but the incisions are much more flatter into my arms. I really dont have pain, just stiffness, nothing opened, my arm pits are def the most sensitive part. The swelling at the ends of the incision near my elbows are most disturbing they hurt when I have my arms on the desk, and look gross, the scars are something else with this, but I keep praying they will fade in time, I sure hope so! I am so thrilled with the size and shape, although swollen it is almost 3 inches smaller!!! That is vast improvement, I have been off 2 weeks and go back Monday the biggest hurdle will be feeling tired, I am still sleeping sitting up and propped and I am a belly sleeper, so my sleep is restless. I am missing the gym and he told me no gym not even for cardio until after I go back to him on 4/25, ughghg I am so trying to still lose without the exercise. He still says I cannot put any creams on them, this is killing me, I look at these ugly things and think my word they need something, but my stitches are still not dissolved, so I guess I wait, the ones at the bottom are still puckered and swollen. I think I will post more pics on Sat at 2 weeks.
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby destinyplease » Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:42 am

NO NO NO it is not worthwhile. I had an armlift on April 12th. and 3 days later my armpits were wide open. I had to call Dr. about 5 times before he would see me. He just threw bandage on and told me to do it at home. A week later I had a severe infection and the ps told me not to go to ER...I ignored that advice and went to get antibiotics. On May 12th. they restitched the largest opening and 3 days later it was wide open again (even though I wore a sling and stayed in bed). Now it is June 22 nd. and I have to go daily to have bandages replaced. I can't go out or see anyone because I smell and the bandages look disgusting. The one arm is open 8 cm. and on June 21st. another area opened. The other arm is open 5 cm. It is so ugly that I can't even look at it. Do not have this surgery. This has ended my life. My life is over because of this. I would never have had it but Dr. talked me into lypo of upper arms yrs. ago and then, told me lypo doesn't work on upper arms....hence my arms were very ugly and I needed the arm lift. So until I die I stay in my place, a hermit waiting to die. DO NOT HAVE THIS SURGERY. I will not be surprised if I lose my arm because of this surgery. I guess it can't look fat when it is gone.
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby mrsamywright » Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:42 am

destinyplease wrote:NO NO NO it is not worthwhile. I had an armlift on April 12th. and 3 days later my armpits were wide open. I had to call Dr. about 5 times before he would see me. He just threw bandage on and told me to do it at home. A week later I had a severe infection and the ps told me not to go to ER...I ignored that advice and went to get antibiotics. On May 12th. they restitched the largest opening and 3 days later it was wide open again (even though I wore a sling and stayed in bed). Now it is June 22 nd. and I have to go daily to have bandages replaced. I can't go out or see anyone because I smell and the bandages look disgusting. The one arm is open 8 cm. and on June 21st. another area opened. The other arm is open 5 cm. It is so ugly that I can't even look at it. Do not have this surgery. This has ended my life. My life is over because of this. I would never have had it but Dr. talked me into lypo of upper arms yrs. ago and then, told me lypo doesn't work on upper arms....hence my arms were very ugly and I needed the arm lift. So until I die I stay in my place, a hermit waiting to die. DO NOT HAVE THIS SURGERY. I will not be surprised if I lose my arm because of this surgery. I guess it can't look fat when it is gone.


Destiny, my heart goes out to you. I'd like to give your PS a good butt whooping, because it sounds like he didn't take care of you at all. I had this procedure, and it's been life changing for me, in a good way. I am not sure who your doc is, and I know we can't post names, but if you live in TX or can travel here, please contact me. My doc is amazing, and I know he can help you. Again, my heart is breaking for you. I truly am upset by this post and that this PS has impacted your life this way.
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby Hartanii » Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:37 am

Hello you are sooo brave. I am thinking of having armlift. How do you do things after? Can you bend your arms? Can you look after yourself?
I would be alone if I have that done. I like my makeup and hair done nice. Can I do all that?
I would be greatful for any information.
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby mrsamywright » Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:58 am

Hartanii wrote:Hello you are sooo brave. I am thinking of having armlift. How do you do things after? Can you bend your arms? Can you look after yourself?
I would be alone if I have that done. I like my makeup and hair done nice. Can I do all that?
I would be greatful for any information.
Ann


Yes, I think with just an armlift you could take care of yourself, but you shouldn't be alone the first night or two after any surgery, just to be safe.

You won't be allowed to lift anything over 5 pounds, maybe 10 and they won't want you raising your arms up in the air, so no, you won't be doing your hair for awhile, makeup yes, but if you are talking blow dryer and round brush or hair straightener, no way, not for about a month.

Plus, you won't feel like it, you will need to rest and you will be tired the first few days, you won't care about those things till you are feeling much better. Not sure what you do, but you will need time off from work to heal as well. I would say at least a week for an arm lift, but two would be better, and again you CAN'T lift anything heavy or raise your arms up over your head for awhile, so depending on your job/homelife, that might matter/might not.

I hope this info is helpful, pls let me know if you have more questions. But the rest of the posts on this thread are great and please consult with a PS before you decide, they are the best source of info. :)
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby Hartanii » Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:47 pm

:) Hi again thank you very much for you reply. That is very helpful. Its more an age thing with me. I am not fat just 10 stone but have lose skin at top of arms and near my hands. What are we like women :roll: Men think we are all mad :roll: .
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby destinyplease » Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:08 am

I was not fat either but, I had very muscular arms at one point and the muscle turned to flabby arms. I wish I had done nothing to them though. I no longer have arm pits because they are open wounds. They are so very ugly. If any Dr. would help me ....please message me. Anyone that is considering this procedure please research your surgeon beyond his degrees.
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby mrsamywright » Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:13 pm

Hartanii wrote::) Hi again thank you very much for you reply. That is very helpful. Its more an age thing with me. I am not fat just 10 stone but have lose skin at top of arms and near my hands. What are we like women :roll: Men think we are all mad :roll: .
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Sometimes they can do a mini arm lift if you just have loose skin at the tops for your arms, this leaves a much smaller scar, think of it as an armpit incision.

I am not sure about loose skin near hands, it never hurts to consult with a PS, most do it for free or a very small fee.

And yes, do your research. These aren't scars that aren't easy to hide, and you want to feel comfortable if you decide to pursue this route. :)
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby lindasuedallas » Sun Jul 10, 2011 9:02 am

I would never go through this again..Im 7 months post op and still dealing with incredible redness, soreness and these awful red vertical lines/bumps every half inch or so. Have been to several pain doctors and they say it's the retention stitches. I went through two months of hell with the most incredible burning pain I have ever had...I was on fentanyl patches (8x stronger than heroin) and they didn't touch the pain. Finally found a pain doctor who made the right diagnosis and put me on anti-inflammatories which got rid of the burning pain, but not the tenderness or redness. I"D NEVER DO THIS AGAIN...I can't wear short sleeve outfits and my arms look like hell. I almost lost my job over this 'cuz of the pain drugs I was on and missing literally two weeks of work going from one pain specialist to the next. My PS was totally in denial about his causing any of this. Anyway, maybe it was my age, I'm 60, and have been told that older women have a harder time healing with this type of surgery than younger women. Anyway, that's my experience. I had a facelift...went beautifully, but this...wow.
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby lindasuedallas » Sun Jul 10, 2011 9:13 am

destinyplease wrote:NO NO NO it is not worthwhile. I had an armlift on April 12th. and 3 days later my armpits were wide open. I had to call Dr. about 5 times before he would see me. He just threw bandage on and told me to do it at home. A week later I had a severe infection and the ps told me not to go to ER...I ignored that advice and went to get antibiotics. On May 12th. they restitched the largest opening and 3 days later it was wide open again (even though I wore a sling and stayed in bed). Now it is June 22 nd. and I have to go daily to have bandages replaced. I can't go out or see anyone because I smell and the bandages look disgusting. The one arm is open 8 cm. and on June 21st. another area opened. The other arm is open 5 cm. It is so ugly that I can't even look at it. Do not have this surgery. This has ended my life. My life is over because of this. I would never have had it but Dr. talked me into lypo of upper arms yrs. ago and then, told me lypo doesn't work on upper arms....hence my arms were very ugly and I needed the arm lift. So until I die I stay in my place, a hermit waiting to die. DO NOT HAVE THIS SURGERY. I will not be surprised if I lose my arm because of this surgery. I guess it can't look fat when it is gone.


Destiny,
I'm so very sorry, but it sounds like you're also suffering from major depression, which is totally understandable. Please see a psychiatrist AND talk to someone about your feelings. Don't give up...there must be a doctor who can help. Have you asked one of the specialists here for a recommendation on what to do?

I'm 7 months post op and I too would never recommend this surgery to anyone either. I had such bad burning pain..doctors thought it was complex regional pain syndrome which is one of the worse things you can have...cancerlike pain for the rest of your life. I went to 4 pain specialists before I found someone who had seen what I was experiencing. I was put on anti-inflammatories which reduced the swelling from the retention stitches. I have big red scars which are still tender and have to wear these big awful white lidocain patches to keep the pain down.

Even though my handle suggests I'm from Dallas, I've moved and am actually in LA, so if you need someone to talk to please let me know. I'd be glad to commisserate. :(
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby destinyplease » Sun Jul 10, 2011 12:35 pm

I am not depressed. Frustrated but, not depressed. I saw someone that said fentanyl is stronger than heroin....hmmm...I have been on the patches for 12 yr. For 9 of those yrs. I worked full-time and played sports...I don't notice that I am on it.
Having holes in my arms is frustrating. I can't shower or swim or lift arms. As someone else said, I now have heard that someone over 45 should not have this surgery. Wish I had known this.
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby jazzlady » Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:01 pm

Hi!
Just had arm lift done 12 days ago. A lot of pain..ibroprofen 600 the first 5 days 5 times a day. My left arm is fine, I can move it up and down not as much pain as my right arm which has a lot more pain, more swelling and I cant raise my arm much. I hope it will go away soon. Of course I am worried if there has been a nerve injured. I have an apt with my doctor on Mon and we will see what he says. The incision seems to be at the back of my arm and I am afraid it will be seen from the back. I will discuss this with him too. It is too soon to know if this whole procedure has been worth it. My arms look wonderful, and the scar has been well done. Just have to be patient with the pain and the feeling of not being in the swing of things...tired, no energy, cant seem to walk up the stairs without huffing and puffing. I am 63 years old, 62 K. sporty and healthy so I hope that these difficulties of pain, not moving my arm will soon be gone. I cant do my hair, go out with the dog, go shopping, drive, do anything strenuous, work, just rest, rest, rest!

'So wishing all of you "Gute Besserung" and hope that we all get through this soon! Greetings from Germany!
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