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Just had arm lift and lipo

Just had arm lift and lipo

Postby Corvidae » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:34 pm

Went in yesterday for an arm lift and circumferential thigh lipo and upper/lower back lipo. Thought I would share the experience for those who are looking at getting an arm lift done.

I had mine done at the local hospital (where I also happen to work) by the same PS who did my circumferential abdominoplasty. It was a same day surgery--total of 7 hours in the OR, I think. Not much pain when I woke up, but I honestly don't recall much before this morning. So far, this has been way easier than the abdominoplasty, pain wise, but as far as fatigue, it is exactly the same--meaning I feel perky for about 20 minutes, then abruptly run out of energy and fall asleep for half an hour or so.

I had an extended brachioplasty, so it goes pretty much to my elbows and down my sides a few inches. I have no idea how it is going to look, since I had already swelled up pretty significantly before I even got home last night. I have bandaging on my arms and legs as well as compression garments over both. Even with the compression garments, I can see my legs are currently ginormous and everything not covered by the compression garment is swollen to the point of stiffness. If I hadn't known there could be significant swelling involved, I'd be freaking out about it by now. I also have a JP drain coming off each armpit that I gather will be there for a week. I have to wonder how much worse the swelling would be without the drains.

As far as pain at this point, there is none while I am laying down. When I get up, the pain in my legs is excruciating for a few minutes, then settles down to moderate but tolerable soreness. My arms feel mostly okay except for a sharp burning in the armpits. I've taken a total of 4 lortabs since coming home last night, which is pretty good compared to what I had to take for the abdominoplasty.

I've taken 3 weeks off work, but that was more so I could spend some time with my kids. Were I just taking time off for the brachioplasty, I think 10 dys would probably have sufficed nicely, assuming no complications develop.

I'm taking sinecch as well as a post op vitamin pack I got from MMH (and the antibiotic the doc prescribed, of course). I don't know if they really make a difference, but I did take the same for my last surgery and figure they won't hurt. I can't feel much of anything from the upper/lower back lipo, so I am a little concerned that he might not have done much there, but time will tell, I suppose. I gained almost 20 pounds post op, so there is clearly a ton of swelling going on already. I'm a little jealous of the folk who have a day or so grace period before their swelling kicks in--at least the get to have some clue of how much better it might be. I vaguely recall my PS telling me he had taken pics of the fat they took out and he said he would show it to my at my first post op visit next week when I would actually remember it. Wise man, considering how out of it I was yesterday!

Just for reference for those reading this, I am 5' 5" and 163 pounds going into surgery (I never actually looked that chunky, but look best in the 140's). I lost about 80 pounds a few years back and was left with loose skin on my arms and sides that slapped together like annoying maracas every time I worked out. Didn't love that and hopefully won't have that issue anymore. I did multiple rounds of Insanity and Asylum and, more recently, Les Mills Pump and Combat. While I enjoy working out, it was very frustrating to find my arms and legs getting bigger--I managed to build muscle, but couldn't get rid of the fat or tighten up the skin at all. I am very glad I was in good shape strength wise before doing this surgery, though, since I am relying pretty heavily on my abs to get up and down. I'm hoping I can start easing back into workouts within the next couple of weeks, but it looks like I am only up to going on short walks with my boys for now.
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Re: Just had arm lift and lipo

Postby Corvidae » Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:30 am

Oh my, the swelling is actually getting worse! My forearms and hands are rather large at this point, though they don't hurt. Doesn't feel like compression garment is too tight, either, despite the swelling. This is the second day post op and I have to say, other than an occasional sharp pain in the underarm when I move the wrong way, the arms don't really hurt. Haven't taken any lortab today, either. Truthfully, the lipo on my legs is more uncomfortable than my arms and even that is tolerable.

I have more mobility in my arms than I expected to. Kind of thought I would have to keep them straight all the time and not move them much at all for at least the first few days. Turns out I can bend them just fine and I can reach at least somewhat, though not upwards, really. I was able to brush my hair out carefully yesterday and rebraid it. Not going to win any fashion shows, but better than I thought things would be. Sometime today I'll get one of my boys to help me wash it in the sink. At least that's the theory.
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Re: Just had arm lift and lipo

Postby Corvidae » Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:19 am

Ugh, the swelling hasn't gone down at all. My forearms and hands look like overfilled waterballons. I've hit that emotional post surgery stage where I can't believe I was stupid enough to do this to myself and it seems like it is never going to gt better. :( I know that s normal but it way sucks when one is going through it. My legs are pretty swollen as well from the lipo. I've lost most of my appetite for the moment, though I am doing pretty good at choking my vitamins and 3-4 liters of water down.

The pain still isn't horrible, though the arm incision has starting burning a little more. I took a total of 3 lortabs and a couple of doses of Motrin yesterday. I actually did a quick drive a few blocks to the store this morning with no real trouble, though I don't think I would do much more than that just yet. My son is going to take me for a nice walk in a little bit here while it is still cool out.
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Re: Just had arm lift and lipo

Postby Corvidae » Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:50 pm

I'm in to post op day 4 now and not a whole lot has changed. Not that I really expected it to this early, but it would be nice if some of this swelling would go down. I called the docs office today for any suggestions on the forearm/hand swelling and they had me take the compression sleeves off, remove the gauze wraps, and put the compression sleeves back on. I would have loved to leave those sleeves off entirely, but I dutifully wedged me arms back in to them.

That was the first time I saw the arms sans wraps and the incision looks good. Good placement and it goes down to about an inch above my elbows. I'm not sure he removed enough skin for my liking, but it is just about impossible to tell with all the swelling. Taking the gauze wraps off hasn't seemed to do a whole lot for the swelling, but perhaps it will make a difference by morning.

My back, where the lipo was done still doesn't feel like much of anything--I had expected more discomfort there. My legs, on the other hand, feel like I worked the living bejesus out of them and them exfoliated with some nice rough sandpaper. The muscles kind of randomly cramp up. I definitely have more pain in the legs than the arms and they are still very swollen.

I can hardly wait o get these blasted drains out next Wednesday. Pretty sure thy are causing the most discomfort in my arms.
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Re: Just had arm lift and lipo

Postby Corvidae » Sat Jul 27, 2013 9:22 am

Post op day 5, and I am probably boring the daylights out of people with all this, but I read everything I could get my hands on prior to doing this surgery, so I figure there's someone out there who's glad of the reading material. :)

The swelling in my hands and forearms has gone down to a tolerable level-- not normal, by any means, but definitely better than it has been. I was a little surprised it went down at all, since I rather badly overdid it yesterday. I actually drove my kids to 3 different stores to look for something they needed. Got pretty lightheaded and nauseated in the last store and realized I was doing the "Post Op Day 4 Stupid". Seems like, around that time with each surgery (this is my 3rd) I get to thinking I am feeling pretty dang good and bored with sitting around and do something stupid. With my abdominoplasty, I went out and trimmed the 21 rose bushes in my yard on post op day 4. Über stupid.

In any case, I'm paying for it today in terms of pain. My arms aren't actually too bad, but my legs hurt bad enough that I'm planting my idiotic self on the couch for most of the day, other than a few gentle walks in the neighborhood.

I am seriously missing my workouts. I'm not much of an exercise fanatic, but I really enjoy Les Mills Combat and Pump-- fun workout and great stress relief for me (hey, I'm a single mom of 3 homeschooled boys and a nursing supervisor--I can use all the stress relief I can get! I also know from past experience that my swelling will not really go away until I am able to really get exercising, and walking just doesn't seem to cut it.

Incisions still look pretty good. Very little bruising down my arms, though my legs look nearly black with bruising down to just below my knees. I am going to measure my arms a little later--figure if I keep track of it, I'll be able to see better when the swelling goes down and see results a little more objectively.
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Re: Just had arm lift and lipo

Postby KirstenHope » Sun Jul 28, 2013 5:32 pm

Corvidae wrote:Went in yesterday for an arm lift and circumferential thigh lipo and upper/lower back lipo. Thought I would share the experience for those who are looking at getting an arm lift done.

I had mine done at the local hospital (where I also happen to work) by the same PS who did my circumferential abdominoplasty. It was a same day surgery--total of 7 hours in the OR, I think. Not much pain when I woke up, but I honestly don't recall much before this morning. So far, this has been way easier than the abdominoplasty, pain wise, but as far as fatigue, it is exactly the same--meaning I feel perky for about 20 minutes, then abruptly run out of energy and fall asleep for half an hour or so.

I had an extended brachioplasty, so it goes pretty much to my elbows and down my sides a few inches. I have no idea how it is going to look, since I had already swelled up pretty significantly before I even got home last night. I have bandaging on my arms and legs as well as compression garments over both. Even with the compression garments, I can see my legs are currently ginormous and everything not covered by the compression garment is swollen to the point of stiffness. If I hadn't known there could be significant swelling involved, I'd be freaking out about it by now. I also have a JP drain coming off each armpit that I gather will be there for a week. I have to wonder how much worse the swelling would be without the drains.

As far as pain at this point, there is none while I am laying down. When I get up, the pain in my legs is excruciating for a few minutes, then settles down to moderate but tolerable soreness. My arms feel mostly okay except for a sharp burning in the armpits. I've taken a total of 4 lortabs since coming home last night, which is pretty good compared to what I had to take for the abdominoplasty.

I've taken 3 weeks off work, but that was more so I could spend some time with my kids. Were I just taking time off for the brachioplasty, I think 10 dys would probably have sufficed nicely, assuming no complications develop.

I'm taking sinecch as well as a post op vitamin pack I got from MMH (and the antibiotic the doc prescribed, of course). I don't know if they really make a difference, but I did take the same for my last surgery and figure they won't hurt. I can't feel much of anything from the upper/lower back lipo, so I am a little concerned that he might not have done much there, but time will tell, I suppose. I gained almost 20 pounds post op, so there is clearly a ton of swelling going on already. I'm a little jealous of the folk who have a day or so grace period before their swelling kicks in--at least the get to have some clue of how much better it might be. I vaguely recall my PS telling me he had taken pics of the fat they took out and he said he would show it to my at my first post op visit next week when I would actually remember it. Wise man, considering how out of it I was yesterday!

Just for reference for those reading this, I am 5' 5" and 163 pounds going into surgery (I never actually looked that chunky, but look best in the 140's). I lost about 80 pounds a few years back and was left with loose skin on my arms and sides that slapped together like annoying maracas every time I worked out. Didn't love that and hopefully won't have that issue anymore. I did multiple rounds of Insanity and Asylum and, more recently, Les Mills Pump and Combat. While I enjoy working out, it was very frustrating to find my arms and legs getting bigger--I managed to build muscle, but couldn't get rid of the fat or tighten up the skin at all. I am very glad I was in good shape strength wise before doing this surgery, though, since I am relying pretty heavily on my abs to get up and down. I'm hoping I can start easing back into workouts within the next couple of weeks, but it looks like I am only up to going on short walks with my boys for now.

Hello I just had an arm lift with a breast lift on Friday July 27th. I am feeling sore and swollen. I little shocked at how different my body looks. My arms have been painful but the pills they gave me have been working. It was nice coming across your post!!
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