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Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

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

Postby destinyplease » Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:55 pm

It is over 6 months and I still have part of incision that is open (about an inch). If I had 5000. I would sue the Dr. but, I don`t. I have to live with horrible scars and pain forever. DON`T HAVE THIS SURGERY!!!
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby mrsamywright » Sun Oct 30, 2011 2:56 pm

Destiny, I really feel for your situation. I think some of this comes down to the skill of the PS. I had 4 surgeries and not one single opening. I hope your surgeon is working with you to resolve your issue. I think it's important to remember there is risk with surgery, but a good PS should help remedy any complications that arise....
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby Angiega » Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:53 am

How is everyone doing? Destiny, I hope you are doing much better and feel happier about your al. :( I am so sorry you had to go through all of that! Hugs
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby destinyplease » Mon Dec 26, 2011 8:34 pm

Unfortunately, it took 7 months of seeing a nurse everyday for 5 months and every other day for 2 months. My scars are horrible and because I could do very little my underarm and sides of body are so flabby now and they were firm.
The plastic surgeon has mostly ignored me. He saw me 3 days after surgery when arm pit was open wide. Since then, I have seen his assistant. I did ask why I have not seen him (appts. every few weeks) and he came into exam room with the other doctor. The other doctor says my scars will be repaired but, I don't see how. I wish I could get money back and go elsewhere to have some repair work done.
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby Angiega » Wed Dec 28, 2011 2:09 pm

destinyplease wrote:Unfortunately, it took 7 months of seeing a nurse everyday for 5 months and every other day for 2 months. My scars are horrible and because I could do very little my underarm and sides of body are so flabby now and they were firm.
The plastic surgeon has mostly ignored me. He saw me 3 days after surgery when arm pit was open wide. Since then, I have seen his assistant. I did ask why I have not seen him (appts. every few weeks) and he came into exam room with the other doctor. The other doctor says my scars will be repaired but, I don't see how. I wish I could get money back and go elsewhere to have some repair work done.


I am so sorry!!! Did you go to a doc in the U.S.? Is he willing to fix the scar for free? I understand your hesitation, since he did a botch job to begin with. BIg hugs.
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby destinyplease » Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:24 pm

Thanks for all the support. The doctor actually told me to throw gauze on it when I had a 4 in. hole in my underarm. Nurses said that was the worst thing to use. That surgeon only saw me 3 days after surgery and then, when his assistant tried to repair the opening (if opened up again). Then 5 months after surgery (when in to see the assistant) I asked why I had never seen my surgeon at any follow ups he came in with the other doctor. I feel he knows he botched up my arms. He has so many cases against him I am sure he will have to give up his license soon. If I had the $5000. to hire a lawyer I would sue him. I was also told never go to emergency (even when I said my arm smelled weird). I had a horrible infection which the ER doc discovered. I wanted to have arms done and some lypo now but, with it being botched my whole body is flabby because I could do nothing for 7 months. I am so ugly. Don't do it.
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby goingracefully » Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:40 am

I am 8 days out arm lift and fl today.
I have and never had any pain in the arms at all. The face swelling was the hardest on me for the first 4 days. Once the swelling started going down I felt so much better. Really no pain on either just a bother with the swelling.
My experience was wonderful, my doctor very caring and took a great deal of time marking the areas for my scars.
While Im still a little swollen the placement is perfect. It does not go into the arm pit but up in the crease of my shoulder very well hidden and leaving me without that armpit pain.
I went to Mexico, paid more than half of what I was quoted here. My fees included a stay overnight in hospital with a family member or friend, good food. I could not be happier! YES, it was worth it. I did take 1500 mil of c two weeks prior and used arnica Im sure that helped. I will post pics down the road.
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby goingracefully » Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:43 am

I am 8 days out arm lift and fl today.
I have and never had any pain in the arms at all. The face swelling was the hardest on me for the first 4 days. Once the swelling started going down I felt so much better. Really no pain on either just a bother with the swelling.
My experience was wonderful, my doctor very caring and took a great deal of time marking the areas for my scars.
While Im still a little swollen the placement is perfect. It does not go into the arm pit but up in the crease of my shoulder very well hidden and leaving me without that armpit pain.
I went to Mexico, paid more than half of what I was quoted here. My fees included a stay overnight in hospital with a family member or friend, good food. I could not be happier! YES, it was worth it. I did take 1500 mil of c two weeks prior and used arnica Im sure that helped. I will post pics down the road.
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby mrsamywright » Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:03 am

Destiny, I am so sorry to hear of your continued struggles with your arms. I hope that either your PS can fix them (or maybe his asst) or you can find a caring PS out there who can work with you at a reduced cost.

Going, it sounds like you had a wonderful experience. I can't wait to see pics and hear more about your progress.

I still have a bit of forearm swelling in one arm at 7 months, but doc says it will eventually heal. It is a very minor amount at this point, really only something I notice.

I am probably the happiest with my arms out of all the things I had done. I am so pale that once the scars fade they will be practically invisible. It will be really nice to wear tanks and tees for the first time since I was a kid.
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby destinyplease » Sat Jan 21, 2012 2:26 pm

I am so sad because I will never wear tanks, tees or swimwear again. I loved bikinis before this surgery. My scars are about a third the size of my arm. It is absurd. It has made my entire body ugly. Instead of making my life better it is so much worse. I should have gone to Mexico. I am so sad that I hope I don`t make it through another year of this hell.
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby tessiedoyle » Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:11 pm

Hello there,

I am 51 and I have been working out, kickboxing and weight training and my arm are bulky and fat and I hate them. I was considering scheduling a brachioplasty but honestly, Ive been having nightmares about necrosis, amputation etc.

I did have BI's about 15 years ago and I had to have them removed because of pain and hardness only 2 years after I had them implanted. With that horrible experience, I don't want to spend all this money and get butchered.

How bad is the pain? On a scale of 1 to 10? Is it burning pain? Can you actually do things like make coffee and type after the surgery. I am so torn and any advice you can give would be awesome.

How long did it take to be able to walk around pain free and proud of your arms?

Thanks so much!
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