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Skin around scar is puckered or pleated...

Skin around scar is puckered or pleated...

Postby amntd » Mon May 02, 2011 9:31 am

Hi. I am new to this website. I found it because I've been looking into why the skin around my scar is puckered or pleated. I am 7 weeks out from a full AL. My scar ended up being visible from the back, but I also have puckered or pleated skin down the entire scar. I feel like it just accentuates the scar. I know the scar will end up fading a lot, but will this puckering go away? I keep reading that it is because of the dissolvable stiches and it should go away around 4 to 8 weeks when they dissolve, but I am 7 weeks now and don't see any improvement. I was using ScarGuard, but now I have started using Bio Oil and massaging it twice a day. I started this about a week and a half ago. The puckering is only there when my arms are down and not when they are up and that worries me because my arms are down most of the time. I asked my PS about it and he said that he doesn't know why its there, but it may go down. I am going crazy worrying about it. I feel like I did this AL so I wouldn't have to hide my arms, but the with the puckering, I am still embarrassed about my arms. Has anyone else had this happen and did it go away? If so, how long did it take?
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Re: Skin around scar is puckered or pleated...

Postby scarchick » Mon May 02, 2011 11:58 am

Hi again,
Just to say that my wavy puckerings are the exact same, only visible when my arms are down and the right arm is more affected than the left. If I bend my elbow and hold my arm bent as though carrying a handbag over it, the skin at the back of the arm smooths out.

I do believe these waves will even out eventually but I personally do not dissolve stitches very quickly, it is just something that happens with me. It has happened to me before, so I feel it may take longer for mine.

It would really help reassure me if you would post some photographs or send them to me by email. My pics are on here if you would like a look.

I tried silicone strips and I think they helped a little. I haven't tried bio-oil yet, do you think it is helping the uneven skin at all, and has it made any difference to the colour of your scars?

Would be so glad to hear from you.
Scar
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Re: Skin around scar is puckered or pleated...

Postby amntd » Mon May 02, 2011 1:56 pm

Hi. Thanks so much for replying. I will have my husband take pictures tonight and try to figure out how to get them on here. I clicked on your username but I didn't see where there were any pictures. I'm new at this so I will try to figure it out.

My scars are still wavy when I bend my arms but not when I lift them straight out or up. I don't think my body is dissolving the stiches very fast either. I have already had 2-3 cut off that workerd their way out, and I had another last night work its way thru the skin so I know there are still some there. I am really hoping this is the cause because I am having so much anxiety over it. The waves look horrible.

I'm not really sure if the Bio Oil is doing any good or not. I decided to try it since it is not only for scars, but also tightening skin and stretch marks. I have only been using it about a week and a half. I've had surgery on both feet (which are only 2-3 inch scars) and I didn't use anything on them and they look great, so I am wondering if I don't scar that bad. My scars already look pretty good other than the color. I do have one small spot close to my elbow that doesn't look that great and I switched from the ScarGuard to the Bio Oil to see if it would help it and it does seem like it might be a little so we will see.

Thanks again, and I will try to get some pictures on here tonight and also try again to see yours!
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Re: Skin around scar is puckered or pleated...

Postby scarchick » Mon May 02, 2011 2:14 pm

Hello again,

I've just sent you an email so check your inbox, for the password for my pics. Click on Pictures at the top of this page, and you will get a page where you can put in my username and password to bring my pics up. It's not that difficult to upload pictures on here if you are reasonably used to doing this.

The waves are giving me anxiety too. In my left armpit a piece of stitch was poking out and I pulled it - and was shocked that about 5 or 6 inches of thread came out, this was about 10 days ago. This arm now looks much better than the left. I assume it's because I got rid of this stitch.
I took the thread to my PS as I was so worried about it, and she told me it was stitch thread that should have dissolved but hadn't. Unfortunately, no thread has come out of the right side, I wish it would!!

It's probably just a waiting game for the waves?
Scar
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Re: Skin around scar is puckered or pleated...

Postby monkeydevil » Tue May 31, 2011 11:13 am

I have "quilted" scars post arm lift too! I am very upset about this. The scars themselves do seem to be fading but when my elbows are bent - like when I put me hands on my hips and I am viewed from the side, the "quilting" is very obvious and I am mortified. I am almost 9 months post op! I had been told that the incisions fade into fine pale lines but mine feel bumpy or ropey under the surface and I would swear I am feeling undissolved sutures under there. I am afraid to dig around to see because I'm afraid I'm only going to make the scars worse. I did not have big bat wings but i found the upper arm skin was a bit loose and crepe-y after losing 80lbs. I thought that was bad but the scars are so much worse! I am terribly self-conscious about them and am in a panic about how I'm going to handle this Summer - I can't stay in long sleeves! I am seeing my dermatologist next week and will ask if there is a laser treatment or something that can be done. I had asked the surgeon about a mini-lift where the incision is only in the armpit but he said it wouldn't be successful because it wouldn't address the crepe-yness down by the elbow so I went with the regular procedure. So sorry at this point. Maybe if there is a way to treat them I will end up being pleased with the results - but for now, I am just feeling a lot of regret. :(
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Re: Skin around scar is puckered or pleated...

Postby scarchick » Thu Jun 02, 2011 3:21 pm

I'm 12 weeks post op. I saw my surgeon today, I was also told it would take 9 months for the quilting to disappear completely. I know the scars will fade and that at the moment the blood supply to them has made them more red, this will also eventually settle and everything will pale and soften.

My scars are visible from the back but given time I feel I will be able to cover them sufficiently with scar cover make up not to worry too much. I didn't have big bat wings either, just loose baggy crepey skin and my new slim tight arms are definitely better than this. From the front they are fab.

While I was on holiday I used cover make up, and carried a shoulder bag on my worst arm, which hung down the back and hid most of the scar. I've bought plenty of tiny shrugs to wear in all colours, and these can be worn dropped down off the shoulders so that they just cover your scars without being too warm.

It's a waiting game, but no matter how lumpy, bumpy, red, or quilted, they will all settle down eventually. Please inbox me, or write on here if you would like to chat more. I'd be glad to share any of my experiences... it helps me too. There have been days that I've cried, panicked, been filled with regret, lots of guilt, and tons of emotion. I feel I've gone through hell and high water with my arms, I'm not new to surgery, I've had other procedures, but this has been by far the hardest, and my scars are badly positioned which has made the whole thing 1000 times harder.

I still believe there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Scar xxx
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Re: Skin around scar is puckered or pleated...

Postby thedebster » Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:34 am

I am having the same situation after my arm lift. I am about 5 weeks post op, and I am discouraged too about my puckering around the scar. It is very visible from the back. Not only is there a puckering around the sides of the incision, there is also a kind of bulge at the top of the arm near the armpit on the left arm.

I am worried because the reason I did this was so I could wear sleeveless things- and I definitely can't do that with the scar looking this way.

I too was not a major candidate...I did not have big bat-wings from losing weight... I just had some hanging skin and was uncomfortable going sleeveless.
I hope this goes away soon. Does anyone know of a way to dissolve stitiches aster or way to improve this situation?
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Re: Skin around scar is puckered or pleated...

Postby scarchick » Tue Jan 21, 2014 9:17 am

Hi, and sorry it's taken me a while to reply. I know you posted on Sunday as I had a notification to my personal email but it's been such a long time since my surgery (2011) that I had forgotten how to log in!
Firstly, I would like to say don't panic as you are only 5 weeks post op, and this is no time at all. You have so much healing to do and a long way to go, so take a deep breath and relax for a while. You say your scars are visible from the back, or at least that 'the puckering' is visible from the back. Can you tell me if your scars have been placed on the inside of your upper arms, where the soft skin lies? Just under the bicep muscle. Or has your surgeon placed your scars down the back of each arm? This is the important question. If they are running down the inside of each arm, they are in the correct position. Can you confirm this and let me know. I will then talk to you a bit more and give you the benefit of my own experience. I am logged on now so you won't lose me again. I will be glad to help. Love Scarchick x
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Re: Skin around scar is puckered or pleated...

Postby SandyBass » Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:42 pm

Arm lift surgery is done by tightening loose skin and removing fat under the arm. If you have lost a massive amount of weight and are left with excess upper-arm skin and fat then the scar will be more profound. I guess your surgeon must have told you about the fact that arm lift surgery produces a scar. Because it is essential that you get full information about the surgery procedure you are about to undergo. But then your surgeon will not be able to predict exactly how your scars will look.
Your scars will most probably fade with over time, but if it does not maybe you can try some other methods to remove the scar like fat grafting or something.
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Re: Skin around scar is puckered or pleated...

Postby AZDee » Sat Mar 29, 2014 2:09 pm

SandyBass wrote:Arm lift surgery is done by tightening loose skin and removing fat under the arm. If you have lost a massive amount of weight and are left with excess upper-arm skin and fat then the scar will be more profound. I guess your surgeon must have told you about the fact that arm lift surgery produces a scar. Because it is essential that you get full information about the surgery procedure you are about to undergo. But then your surgeon will not be able to predict exactly how your scars will look.
Your scars will most probably fade with over time, but if it does not maybe you can try some other methods to remove the scar like fat grafting or something.

I am two weeks shy of being a year out after my arm surgery and I have a pulled or puckering down by the elbows of both arms...I was told to be patient, now I am planning a revision...it's been a year of being patient...
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