Plastic Surgery Results: Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)
Before & After –
The only real downside to losing weight so quickly is the loose skin that comes along with it. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining – I will take loose skin over the extra weight ANY DAY.
I think the younger one is when they have WLS surgery the better their chances are of not having as much loose skin, but this is yet another area where we are all unique. One person’s ‘trouble spot’ isn’t necessarily the same for others. While certainly exercise and strength training can help, there is just so much our bodies can do; it can shed the fat but it won’t just shed the skin along with it.
Since I was 52 when I had the sleeve surgery I knew that it was very likely I would also need some sort of plastics so I started saving towards it years ago. I also knew that, no matter what, I would need to get my arms done. You see, genetically in my family my sisters and I all inherited proportionately larger arms, regardless of our size. I remember when shopping for clothes for gifts for my mother when we were young the most important thing was always if the sleeve size would be big enough. As I grew into adulthood (and morbid obesity) that became my reality as well.
Enough about that…. For the last several years I researched what having an arm lift would entail and the expected costs and results. I read numerous WLS group postings and looked at many before and after photos. Finally this past April I made an appointment to go to see a local plastic surgeon after reading excellent reviews about her. I felt so comfortable with her that I booked the surgery on the day of my consult and never went anywhere else. I’m thrilled with both my surgeon choice and the results.
I had the surgery on May 24th – just about 10 weeks ago today. They have a surgery suite on site so it was all done at their location. My care was outstanding and I had (and still have) absolutely no pain. My highest priority was healing well and I wanted my scars to be as minimal as possible. One of the most important aspects of this surgery is wearing a compression garment afterwards to protect the arms and expedite healing. Different surgeons use different things and recommend wearing them for different lengths of time. I’ve seen where people were wrapped in ace bandages and had to wear them for only a few weeks. In my pre-op visit we discussed the various options and I decided to go with a full compression garment.
I literally have a wardrobe in my closet of ‘shrugs’ to cover my arms and I have worn them for years and years (even in the Florida heat). It would be a rare occasion (like maybe at the beach swimming) that anyone would have ever seen my arms. For that reason when I told people I was having this surgery several said ‘your arms aren’t bad – or ‘that bad’; when in reality I doubt they realized that they had never even seen them 🙂
I did not know what the compression garment looked like beforehand and, when I woke up after surgery, the first thing I remember thinking to myself was ‘why did they give me a black garment?’ Well it turned out to be a great choice because all I do is throw a sun dress over it and I’m good to go. I had to wear it 24×7. I was told I would need to wear it for 4-6 weeks; preferably six. When I told my surgeon that I wanted the best results possible she told me that the longer people wear the garment the better the scars will be and that she had someone who wore it for 12 weeks and the scars were barely noticeable. My lifestyle is such that it doesn’t bother me – remember I’ve been wearing shrugs all these years. So, even at 10 weeks out I am still wearing it.
In the top photo of the next collage, with my arms stretched out, you can see (I think barely see) the scars under my arms. From the front and rear views you cannot see them at all. The bottom photos are ‘before’ where you see all the fat underneath. They removed 3 inches of extra skin from each arm.
The surgeon recommended a scar cream that I use twice daily. I will post a link below in case you are interested.
I did run into a minor issue with my left arm that led it to take longer to heal. I actually still have one stitch in it and it will be removed tomorrow when I go for what I expect will be my final Dr. visit. My right arm was fully healed at six weeks.
I’ll add a couple more photos below and if you have any questions just leave a comment here or on Facebook. If you want to send it to me alone, just click on the Contact Us button above.
I just realized that for the two collages below I switched up on the order so the first is a view of my left arm, rear view and my AFTER photo is on top; the second one is my right arm, rear view but my BEFORE photo is on top. See just testing ya 🙂 not really, just my mistake pulling the photos together.
Let me know if there’s any other information I can share that would be helpful to you.
All the Best….
p.s. Here is a link to the ‘over the counter’ scar cream that I have been using which my surgeon recommended.