Help pls. Had circumferential belt lipectomy 3 months back and extended brachioplasty 1week back. Feeling lost & disappointed

  • A wishful Butterfly
  • 8 months ago

Hi, I feel lost, sad and very depressed.  Hope someone can help me answer my concerns and worries :( I'm new to US and I came to California just to do my post weight loss surgeries. I lost over 120 pounds and have lots of excess skin that need to be removed and a body that needs to be reconstructed to have a decent looking shape. After doing some search and meeting my dr. I decided to do all my body contouring surgeries with him. I did two surgeries so far: 1) circumfrential belt lipectomy 3 months back. 2) extended brachioplasty two weeks back. I have concerns and issues in both surgeries and with the doctor. :( My Questions: 1) after the circumfrential, I noticed that my tummy is not flat and now, there are skin wrinkles as if I need another tummy tuck! Is this normal? Or the doctor didn't do his job right? 2) with the circumfrential, the dr didn't do any butt fixing! It's still saggy and no lift at all! When I asked the dr, he said that there is nothing to lift! This is normal? 3) I had the extended arm lift two weeks back. My Arms are different in size and I have a strange fold on the each side under my arm pit! Is this normal? He said he had to do it to give me a good back shape and the fold might disappear by time if we consider it a swelling! Or a surgery might be needed later. I'm lost & I still have thigh lift and I don't want to continue with the same doctor and have more issues. Everybody feels happy after doing their surgeries but me,  Im depressed and not happy. I never ever had a normal body since childhood and when I decided to take care of this, I face these issues. Final question, can someone recommend for me good doctors in LA, newport beach or any city in California? Who I can visit for second opinion and to do my other surgeries with him? Thanks and sorry for the long message.

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I personally would go to another local plastic surgeon and ask them to do an evaluation and answer your concerns. Many do free evals. A second opinion is always the best bet.
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Hi butterfly....please post some pictures if you can? The arm folds...is this like puckering you see near the end of the incisions? If yes, sometimes this happens, I think I have it, but it is the scarring I think...even good surgeons get this sometimes, but most will revise you if you still have it after a certain number of months
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I am sorry to hear that you are disappointed with your results. As well, I am discouraged that no one in the community has replied to your post. May I suggest that you post your question on someone's body lift review whose results you like? I think that person will respond to you when you ask a question directly to her. As far as your body lift, I would ask the surgeon what was his reason for doing the butt lift component if you had nothing to lift back there. Perhaps a tummy tuck would have sufficed. Did he discuss with you before surgery what your results would be? Because those are the results he should have delivered and if he did not then he should revise you. You are not the only patient who is unhappy with her results, unfortunately. When selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon, be sure to ask him how many body lifts and arm lifts (and thigh lifts) he has done on massive weight loss patients and how often is he doing each procedure that you are considering. My surgeon has vast experience having done over 10,000 procedures. He has done more thigh lifts and arm lifts than any surgeon in the world. Dr. Joseph F. Capella is located in NJ and NY. In California there is Dr. Al Aly who is well-respected among his peers in the ASPS, but I do not know any of his patients. Two patients that I personally know have been very happy with Dr. Katzen. A little closer to you is Dr. John LoMonaco in Texas and I know several patients that have been very happy with him. Good luck to you!
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Hello Definitely there is a lot to do, I want you to feel encouraged, almost everything is fixable with great results. I am a board certified Plastic Surgeon In Tijuana Mexico, 20 minutes from the San Diego AirPort and A lot of my practice is secondary surgeries (revisions) so I know for fact there is hope. If you may, please send photos to my email and I will sed my recommendations. carminacardenas@gmail.com Please check my website and former patients on realself Have a great journey. Dr. Cárdenas
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Can someone help pls :(
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