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Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby scarchick » Sat Apr 02, 2011 2:26 am

Thought I'd post this to be encourage anyone who is thinking of, or is in the middle of the arm lift dilemma. If you are anxious in any way, get in touch because I think I've gone through every emotion in the book.

I am now three weeks post op, and I have to say it's been one of the most difficult times I've ever gone through. In truth I've had depression, regret, guilt, and a great deal of worry. But hang on - it's NOT all bad.

I have to say I had one of the best surgeons this country has to offer, the op went well, there is good symmetry, some, but not a great deal of swelling, arms have been painful but manageable with painkillers, I developed an infection under the left arm which is now in control with antibiotics, and I've had several return visits to my PS for checks on this. I have been anxious and depressed because the wounds are currently visible from the back of my arms and I've feared being scarred for life and unable to wear sleeveless clothes which would make the whole exercise pointless. I've had guilt about putting myself and my partner (who's been so supportive) through it, for wasting the money, all kinds of negative emotion.

On the positive side I can suddenly see the scar's pale colour even at just 3 weeks post op, they are flattening well, and becoming a fine pale line. I am reassured that I still have swelling and as this subsides the scars will move round a bit more, at the moment they are 'pulled back' by swelling on the outer sides, I have also received assurance of a some laser treatment to 'blend the scars in' if this proves necessary at the end of the recovery period (min 3 months).

Today for the first time I definitely feel able to say, it has been worth it. I have really smooth, pretty looking arms (at least from the front so far) that have replaced thick, heavy, unattractive ones with crepey loose skin that was extremely aging and looked odd to the rest of me, and which I found difficult to live with, always hiding them and holding them close to my sides.

I've had some surgery before, and without a doubt I've found arms the hardest to cope with, but I have started to see that the final outcome is not going to be the 'horror story' I feared it might.

The recovery period is a time that is severely testing on your patience - you are waiting and willing them to settle, and you can't tuck them away and forget about them for a while they way you can with new boobs or whatever because arms are in constant use. I think this makes it harder, but I feel every woman contemplating or going through this surgery needs to know that the arms that have comforted and held many, nursed babies, hugged friends, etc are a more important part of us than perhaps we even realize, (maybe this is why they trouble us so much when they are out of shape).

And yes, they can be gently restored to enjoy the contours they are meant to have, more youthful, attractive, more pleasing to the eye, and which will definitely help us to feel better about ourselves.

My own recommendation if you are going ahead is don't smoke or drink alcohol at least until you are over it, drink plenty of water - stay hydrated, take painkillers regularly, arrange support - take some time off, rest, recover, and be kind to yourself. If you've got fears or concerns talk to ppl who've been there and understand.

But I do think it's worth it..

All the best

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

Postby Bejewelme » Sun Apr 03, 2011 6:45 am

Scar:
That post made me cry I am so glad that you are feeling better about it!!!!! You will be happy when Memorial Day comes and you have totally hot arms to wear in sleevelss shirts and bathing suits!!!!!

I am so glad I have you on here for support, I am glad it is a tad easier than I thought it would be!

Keep on healing!!!

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

Postby scarchick » Sun Apr 03, 2011 1:29 pm

Hello love,

So glad to hear you are doing well. It will be great when you can take a shower on Monday. My PS let me shower straight away, with the tape and everything left in place, I just had to make sure I was properly dry, using a hairdryer on the tapes. My PS uses glue to seal wounds, with deep sutures underneath, they all have different methods. Mine does not let you do any massage until 3 months. Wounds must always be taped with micropore to strengthen them and stop them stretching. This is the preferred method for my PS.

Hun, I don't know when Memorial Day is? I've been racking my brains but I just don't know. Do you know I'm from the UK?

So pleased u are feeling good.
Scar x
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby Bejewelme » Sun Apr 03, 2011 4:02 pm

Scar:
It is the end of May, the start of Summer here, LOL I fogot about you being in the UK. I can see where the bandages are riding up that I am purple and look like Barney the dinosaur, LOL I am preparing to freak tomorrow when I see everything!

I have an album on here somewhere I guess under pictures? SO I will take more to show the results tomorrow!

Hope you are feeling good!

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

Postby scarchick » Sun Apr 03, 2011 6:24 pm

Barney - I would so love to see your pics ! :lol:

If I ever get the tape off, I'll show you mine.... =;

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

Postby Deelite » Mon Apr 04, 2011 5:53 am

I feel every woman contemplating or going through this surgery needs to know that the arms that have comforted and held many, nursed babies, hugged friends, etc are a more important part of us than perhaps we even realize, (maybe this is why they trouble us so much when they are out of shape).

What a beautiful post. So glad to hear you're doing better, scar! Healing can be so frustrating cuz you have to wait for it, but so rewarding when it's done. I'm looking to do an arm lift at some point so this also helps give me more info on the process. At one point I was thinking of having a breast lift and an arm lift at the same time (I want both upper and body lifts) but now I'm thinking I may just let the arms alone and perhaps even do that last!
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby harri342 » Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:23 am

I am at 3 1/2 weeks and just starting to feel a little better physically. I still have pain but not as bad during the day at night it is worse. I have hard lumps that developed around 2 weeks that my ps says is scar tissue so I am massaging and it is helping. He did a good job on one arm but not as good an the other and see I will have to have a revision which is disapointing because I am renewing my wedding vows on the beach in clearwater fl. May 28th and one side under the arm has quite a bit more fat than the other and the scar under the arm pit is to far down and visible. I don't know if he will be able to fix it before than. On the one arm that he did not do as good has a huge round lump that has been there since right after surgery so not sure what the is.

So I am not sure yet if it is worth it maybe in the end after he fixes the one side and everything has healed it will be but for me the jury is still out.
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby scarchick » Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:55 am

*Harri*?
I feel so concerned for you. You must have had your op at more or less the same time as me 'cus I'm 3 1/2 weeks post op too. Mine were done on 11th March - that day stands out in my mind!! It will be four weeks on Friday and counting.
Every surgeon is different, I asked mine about massage and there were nearly 'kittens' NO MASSAGE before 3 months was the VERY stern reply, but they all have a different view point. Mine is an absolute stickler for taping, the scars MUST be taped for at least 3 months, this is supposed to strengthen the wound, stop it stretching the scars, and help them to flatten. Micropore tape, flesh colour is what is used. I honestly feel that yours will improve, including the symmetry as they heal. At this stage we have such a long way to go. There is so much settling yet, reduction in swelling, and the general healing process takes time. I know this is important to you because you are renewing your wedding vows on the beach (how wonderful and romantic) but try not to fix your thoughts totally on whether your arms will be perfect. What I have done is buy lots of little shrugs, in various colours, some lacy ones too - because I can't show my arms at the moment anyway, not while they are healing and have long lines of tape on them! Some of these are really beautiful, and they make wedding ones especially, but the pale, soft, lacy ones are all suitable. They just cover the arms without being heavy or awkward to wear, and they really compliment whatever you are wearing. Inbox me if you want some contact details of where to buy them from. They are not expensive.

*Deelite* I really meant that bit I wrote about arms, it's so very true of how we are as women - caring for everyone. I wrote it from my heart because I felt it 'drop in' there one day when I was really challenged about the state I was in - depressed etc., I think a lot of it was possibly the way the anaesthesia affected me, but I was also genuinely worried.
I had a breast uplift and implants by the same surgeon 1 year 6 months ago. At the time he did a mini arm lift in the armpit, coming down about 2 inches inside my arm. I wanted this so that I could see how the scars looked. Following this, and a good scar outcome I went ahead with the full AL 3 1/2 weeks ago.
I was very glad I had the breast surgery first, but I knew my new look was spoiled by heavy flabby crepey arms. They just had to go and it was the next stage. I don't think I could have coped with the two lots of surgery together, it would have been just too much for me to take. I was fitter when I had my breast op as I'd been preparing, running, etc for a couple of months before. By the time I had my arms done my fitness regime had well 'gone out of the window" so I dare say this made the recovery a bit harder.
If you are thinking of having breast and arm surgery, I would probably recommend going the same route - boobs first, then arms. However, chat it over with a cpl of PS's and see what they recommend.

Hope this is helpful. Write back and let me know.
All the best. Scar x
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby Bejewelme » Mon Apr 04, 2011 1:26 pm

http://www.makemeheal.com/pictures/brac ... ery-a12639

See if that takes you to my album, I went today OMG the outside I could not believe they were my arms I am so pleased the inside looks nasty but as he said it is 48 hours and they will heal, he said they are doing great, he wrapped again, no shower til tomorrow ughgghggh my hair is a mess!!! LOL I have no pain 2 days out none at all not taking the meds, except the ones for bruising and the antibiotic he has me take for 5 days, I am thrilled so far the scars will fade and I will have beautiful wedding arms this is the best money I ever spent on me, after losing all this weight I was worth it!

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

Postby harri342 » Mon Apr 04, 2011 2:05 pm

scarchick-mine was March 10th. Do you have the lumps I am referring to? At night it almost feels like a charlie horse the lumps under the scar get harder and get hot. When I message them it feels better my ps did say it could widen my scars but I don't care because I will be getting a tattoo to cover the scars after they are fully healed. I almost had no pain or swelling around week 2 I thought it was going to be a breeze and then the pain showed up in full force. I also had a face lift and that has been much easier recovery.

I will check into the shaws but I am also going to purchase derma blend so hopefully by the end of may my incisions will be flat. I am using coco butter lotion and silicone scar strips they worked great for my tt scar 5 years ago a little pricey but worth it.

Take care,

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

Postby scarchick » Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:33 am

Hey Joann
I haven't noticed any lumps but I don't really touch my arms at the moment as if I rub my finger along the suture lines, it is like having an electric shock and red hot pain. I assume it's the nerve endings healing. Awful.

I'm very happy with how it's going so far, I've ordered some camouflage make up called Covermark and tried it on other parts of me, so I can see works very well, and shall use over my arm scars after the 3 months is up and the tape can stay off. So will see how well it covers. Tattoo's are good idea too, I'm not in to them myself and don't have any but it would be the perfect answer, I have thought about a delicate arty line of flowers coming down each side - waddya think??

I think you are going to be great, beautiful! but it is a really worrying time. You are totally normal, most of us do have fears and concerns. That is why this group is so good. I have been so glad of it.

Keep posting or inbox me.
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby Bejewelme » Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:09 pm

Scar:
What is this tape you speak of? YOu had superglue maybe Monday when I go back I will ask him, I think my auntie wrapped my arms too tight I am going to have my fiancee loosen the ace bandages a bit to sleep, I am sleeping all propped up but last night I was on on my side and it didnt hurt. THat tape sounds good especially for hiding the scars when I go back to work!

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

Postby scarchick » Wed Apr 06, 2011 6:22 am

Hi Amber,

They have some I've found on Amazon, which would probably be your quickest source. It let's scars breath, covers the nasty bit, and holds it all nice and snug while it's healing. My surgeon swears by it and uses it for all cosmetic work.

Here's a link below to a pack of 10 tapes, 1" wide. Copy and paste in your web browser.
Good luck, did u see my pictures?

Scar

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002P70T52/ref ... B002P70T52
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby scarchick » Wed Apr 06, 2011 6:24 am

Amber - this tape is tan (caucasian skin colour) as well, so much better than white. =D> x
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Re: Arm lift Surgery - is it a worthwhile journey?

Postby Bejewelme » Wed Apr 06, 2011 6:50 am

Scar:
I will check out that link, yes I left 2 comments on your pics, I am amazed you look great!!!!!!! They are in your photo album!
I sort of like your scar placement, I said it gives me hope I woke up bawling my eyes out and I am not a crier worrying about these darn scars, my fiancee was like my God woman it has been 4 days you knew this was a journey he said look how good your arms look, so I am trying to be rational I just feel like I should be doing more with them to speed it up! My Quecerin and Bromelien came so now I am popping that, they feel tingly today like maybe something good is happening? My GF who is a nurse is coming she is going to help me wash and bandage thank God for good friends, who see you at your worst!

Scar I appreciate everything you say to encourage me it is so scary sometimes!

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