I use to be 250lbs lost a total of 100lbs in past 10yrs by exercising & dieting. I didn’t like to wear short sleeves dress because of my loose skin. The doctor remove 1 lbs from each arm and I still have wobbly arms. I cry every morning and night when I see myself in the mirrors & this nasty scar – I think I would of saved my money and stay the same since not much different after the surgery, what can be done? Can the doctor fix this? I was expecting a thin scar. Please help!
Why This Ugly Scar After 9 Months After a Brachioplasty, Can This Be Less Visible? (photo)
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Scar after Brachioplasty
Thick scars are very common after brachiplasty. Aside from my patients using silicone gell such as Biocornium (no disclosures) I offer a deep Erbium YAG treatment as well as injection of kenalog to improve the scars. If that is unsuccessful, I suggest scar revision with surgery.
Visible scar after brachioplasty
This scar could be improved. It would be better if it was a little lower and narrower. There may have be tension that caused it to widen and now the tissue has had a chance to relax so the revision should give a more favorable result.
Thin Scars Following Brachioplasty Exceptional Rather Than Common
The scars resulting from a brachioplasty or arm lift tend to be visible and noticeable, especially in massive weight loss patients. I do several things to minimize these scars but still attempt to warn my patients of the possibility of a noticeable scar.
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Armlift Scar after 9 Months
Scars after brachioplasty do take a long time to improve, typically at least 1 year. If you are unhappy with the result, discuss it with your plastic surgeon but chances are, it will get better.
Arm Lift Scar
Thank you for your question and photos.
First of all, you should be congratulated on losing so much weight. Armlifting surgery does assist with removal of excess skin and fat of the arms but there is a tradeoff (meaning the scar). Scars can be revised to try to achieve a finer line but I suggest that patients wait at least 1 year post op before proceeding with scar revision surgery. The scar will continue to heal 12-18 months after surgery, it will continue to improve and lighten in color. If after 12-18 months you are still unhappy with the scar, have a conversation with your surgeon in regards to the scar revision surgery.
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