Operation FIX IT! - Baltimore, MD

Full of anxiety and anticipation. I'm so grateful...

Full of anxiety and anticipation. I'm so grateful for all the women who have shares their experiences on here. It helps a great deal when you're trying to prepare mentally for this life changing surgery. 7 weeks to go ! I'm scheduled for a full tummy tuck and extended arm lift . Also Really not happy with my upper back . That would have to be another surgery at a different time. So my surgeon agreed to attempt some lipo in that area to help it appear a little smoother under clothes until I can come back for round 2 . (If I get the nerve that is )
So for now just working hard & Trying to get my mind RIGHT :)

Surprisingly calming down ?

So I've been noticing my anxiety is at an all time low this week . Most likely due to the weening off the phentermine . I started taking that after I lost 90lbs (with diet and exercise ) and was stuck at a plateau. I lost 20 more pounds over a 6 month period . I ended up too afraid to come off the phentermine with fear of gaining weight back. I know , horrible decision . So to be safe doctors want me off of it 4 weeks prior to my surgery. So I've been slowly weening off this magic pill. I forgot how LESS crazy I was without phentermine lol ... Besides the cravings and and fighting to maintain my weight I'm feeling pretty good. Just keep upping my workouts and hope to survive the holiday temptations without any weight gain. 6 1/2 weeks to go and counting ...
Happy healing to all you post op ladies :)

This germaphobe is FREAKING out ! Two weeks to go !

Yikes ! Two weeks left until my big day and there's sickness all around me ! The stomach flu and some nasty cold/flu/mutant virus is circling around maryland ! Lol yuck! As we all know - any little sickness can cause them to cancel our surgeries. Working In the salon this time of year ? Lots of sick clients and coworkers :-/ and can't take my vitamins anymore . Oh man this will be a stressful 2 weeks for this paranoid neurotic germaphobe !

well the sickness got me !

Surgery is one week away from today Eeeek! Still so unreal , not sure when its going to hit me . So im fighting a cold right now but after a few days im starting to feel better. This sickness will NOT win! Ive been waiting so long for this the anticipation is making me CRAY! Lol im so ready to get over the fear and move onto the healing process!

3 days post op ! What a ride!

So after a long anticipated wait, I'm finally here ! Over the hump and on the train to recovery . 8 pounds removed from the belly and a pound from each arm. 10lbs total. I was betting on 15 but hey I'll take ! Don't have the best post op pics yet but putting up a few befores and what I could handle for now . As u know standing doesn't come easy these days!?
I'll post better after pics soon . So excited about these guns !

Post op day 3 what a tease you are !

It's 635am which Would now make me PO day 4 . Man this was a rough night. My body is SO sick of sitting still . I guess I'm starting to feel the pain from the lipo done on my back and all down my sides. And that little blister taking up residence on my hip is turning into a monster ! It's definitely the size of a LARGE grape at this point. I'm getting to the point if being tired if sitting around and needing help getting up and down. I know if I was just recovering from the tummy tuck things would be a little easier . But once again- I needed these Arms done ! That flying squirrel look wasn't cutting it ! Especially knowing how muscular I am in the arms and shoulders (thanks to Jillian michaels) lol
So I'm set up in my seat massager for now . Once my mom and dad are up and awake I plan to venture down some steps today . Feeling confined and I don't like it ! Lol need more room to walk around in and stretch my booty ! Hoping to actually go to the bathroom soon . Stool softener hasn't worked so it's time to pull out the serious stuff. Someone's going on a cvs run today that's for sure :) I had no idea how bad it would feel being constipated and covered in incisions at the same time ! Owch! I'm also still torn about the binder . I've been taking it off at night but I couldn't wait to put it back on today . Need to find a comfy compression tank that I can get my arms ink with out much pull. Definitely a challenge !

Beauty is pain !!!

It's been a long emotionally and physically draining day. Hoping for day 6 to be better ! One day at a time right? !

1week down :)

Feeling good:)
anxious about getting the drains pulled from my underarms tomorrow ! Don't know what to expect .

3 down 1 to go !

9 days post op now ... Saw the doc he pulled both drains in my arms and the one in my groin that has been bothering me like CRAZY ! There looks like a little infection so now antibiotic to add to the list! Tried to sleep in the bed tonight -TOO SOON! lol was a pain in the ass to get out of . So back into this horrid chair it is !

What was I thinking !

Haven't taken a pain pill today decided I didn't need them and that Tylenol would be enough. Took my fake shower and washed my hair and now I feel like I'm on fire ! All my incisions are burning. One of my arms is being rude and opening up a little . The other arm is healing great! I haven't taken pics of my arms with bandages or garment yet because I keep them to something at all times. when it comes off I'm time to switch? That 2 minute periods is god awful and can't get over soon enough! But once they feel more normal again I'll take pics :)

Yay ! No more ball and chain!

12 day post op and just had the last drain pulled ! Yippeeeee! Also no more staples in the arm pits ! This bring me joy:) still keep forgetting to take new pics off arms when I change my bandages. I'll get those pics up soon

These arms are giving me grief :-/

So first week of recovery my arms were the easy part and the tummy tuck was my hardest struggle. Now I'm 13 days post op and my arms just can't get comfortable. They feel right especially te left one (which had opened a little ) and is healing slower than the left arm. I did so much research on these procedures prior to my surgery so I knew this was a common part of recovery so I'm not totally freaked out . However it DISGUSTING! Lol when the air guys my bare arms I just cringe ! So finally took some bare arm pics for u guys . It's a little gruesome . Not the best pics but like I said I was in a hurry to cover these guns back up ! lol still very swollen just like my ken doll gut! And saggy vajay :-/ that's a whole other story. Maybe next update !

"Swell hell" has taken over and it burns !

Allergies are attacking

Afraid to sneeze and fighting the urge to cough. This is no fun ! Also we had over a foot of snow fall last night and I'm feeling so bad I can't be out there helping my 60 year old dad do the shoveling like I usually do. And still haven't been able to sleep in my bed :-/ arms are still tight and on fire. And can't fit into any of my pants. Can't you tell I'm in the best mood ever? Lol I'm sooooo over this . Ready to have my life back

Arms are throbbing

So I'm 2 1/2 weeks post op- my arms have been so sore . My tummy hasn't been too bad the last week or so . Still tight from the muscle repair . And I have occasional sharp pains nothing too bad though. However my arms have been so bad today I started taking my Vicodin again. They just feel very tight and bum but also very Achy . Very weird feeling. But the scabbing on the right arm is gone . My left arm is tail about 50% scabbed . Both armpits are still very raw and tender . Ughhhh I just want my arms back ! Feel like a T-Rex ! They look good but I just want them to feel good . All the other arm lift reviews people seem to be doing better than me at this point in recovery . I know everyone heals differently but being a hairstylist and needing my arms - I'm starting to worry

4weeks today !

So my surgery was 4 weeks ago. I'm feeling much better in regards to the tummy tuck. My arms are still uncomfortable . Still have tightness and numbness there . Especially the left arm. However I saw my surgeon 2 days ago and he seems to be very happy with my progress and appearance of my incisions. Apparently everything I'm feeling is normal. I did talk to him about my saggy vajay(mons) and how it's lopsided . He agrees that the symmetry is off and said we could do a revision most likely in the office . But not until 6 months ! :-( he wants all swelling to go down first. But I don't think I just need a little revision . I really want more of a reduction in that area. He has definitely made a but improvement there but it's still saggy and haut hangs there . It drives me crazy. So I mentioned before that I am going to have an upper back lift either in the fall of winter . I may just have him do more work on the vajay then . I have to plan when I could take time off from work again like this. May have to wait until next January again . Which sucksssss but it has been a slow time in the salon especially with all the snow . I'm due back to work In 2 weeks. Honestly terrified of going back to work at this point . If my arms aren't better by then he told me I may want to consider another week off. Not to push myself . Not sure if I can manage that. Not getting paid for 6 weeks and having all these new surgery bills roll in doesn't really make room for taking MORE time off. So I'm taking it easy and resting as much as possible . Drinking lots of water taking my vitamins and getting my protein in. Fingers crossed !!!!

3 months post op

Feeling better every week . Noticing my skin is starting to loosen which was to be expected but It's still a little disappointing lol

Updated before and after at 3 months

Updated before and after pic for arms...

So I've been asked a lot to put up pics of my arms ... I'm not completely happy with these scars right now to be honest. I misunderstood as to where they'd be placed and I also think they're a bit thick . HOWEVER... I don't regret having them done . It's a huge improvement to me . It's an amazing feeling to not have my wings flapping around while I'm doing people's hair all day . I will eventually embrace these scars . Just not yet lol ... I'm currently using some compounded prescription scar gel that will hopefully help .
I do have a tiny opening under my right arm . I believe it's a suture working it's way out. Nothing too serious but it is annoying when I'm exercising and trying to build these guns back up . I look at the before pics and I'm amazed how muscular I was even with all thAt skin. I'm working on getting that back :)

Almost 6 months post op

Its been awhile since I've posted an update so here it is . I'm feeling pretty good these days besides some swelling in both the tummy and arms . The swelling in the arms aren't too visible but I can feel it . This hot humid weather seems to make things worse . But nothing too unbearable .
I do still have some discomfort especially in the arms . They get numb from time to time and my armpits are still tight.
A couple months ago I noticed I was getting these massive red marks in my arm pits and down the inside of my arms . Stretch marks! Ones you've never seen before . So deep and sore. My surgeon didn't seemed concerned he says it's just from the skin loosening up from movement and exercise . Not sure if these nasty marks will be permanent or not but I'm assuming it was a possibility from the start. If take the stretch marks over these scars any day! Yes ...these Scars SUCK. For some reason my scars from my arm lift didn't heal so well. They're very thick and wide, as well as slightly raised. I've been very persistent with scar care since the beginning and I'll continue to do so . I just don't see them getting much better . Whiter eventually but not smoother . Owell we shall see ! It's frustrating because I still find myself covering up my arms . Even more so now. They're just too red and noticeable at this point. I really wish I didn't are but I do. With that said I still do NOT regret my decision with having them done.
The scars on my tummy are flat and smooth. Now why couldn't my arms have gotten on board with that ? Who knows . I haven't even put any Scar creams on my stomach after 2 months post op.
I'm still unhappy with the amount of bulge and saginess in the mons area. However I'm planning to have that revised when I go in to have my back done in January. Upper back lift as well as have the tummy tuck extended completely around which will then make it a circumferential lift . A lot of surgeons don't do these surgeries together from what I gather . But after talking to my dr he seemed confident that is doable in my case . I'm so excited to get these 3 tiers off my back! It's been nice to be Able to wear more fitting tops but I'm still limited to wearing anything too tight because of my back. Not too mention all that crap bulging out of the back of my jeans? Yuck! I got rid of one muffin top now it's time to lose the other.
So I have been slacking on the diet part of this life long journey of mine . It's very disappointing to myself. Gaining weight is just not an option. These procedures are very expensive and I'll be paying for them for a few years . I owe it to myself to at least maintain and boy oh boy it's been a struggle ! I'm still working out like usual . Usually 5 days a week for an hour. But apparently it's not enough for my body. I really need to limit my calorie intake again. Time to get serious ! So I'm back on weight watchers as of today- wish me luck! lol I'll need it!
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