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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thanks for the update. I am sorry about your armpits,the red scars and numbness. They will eventually fade,i'm sure give it time. When is your next post-op?
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I just saw the surgeon earlier this month . I go back in September to touch base and set up my next surgery . I don't think they'll fade much at this point.
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When i have had surgery I also got keloid scars. My surgeon mentioned that if it bothered me they could inject steroids to minimize the appearance. I mentioned it to my dermatologist while I was seeing her for something else. She said absolutely, and injected steroids into them, and they almost disappeared. They flattened out and lightened to almost my normal skin color. Ask your doctor about it. If he says no, then see a dermatologist and see if it is an option.
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You'll be surprised, In 6 months to a year they will and so on. ;)
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Thanks I was going to look into that . Anything that would help I'm down for :)
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Also, it doesn't hurt to come up with a good story. When my daughter had to have surgery at the age of 9 that left her with Frankenstein stitches on the back of her head (and a scar that was visible until the hair grew over it), she told people that she had been attacked by a shark. When they looked horrified she would say, "Oh, don't worry. I was saved by a pod of dolphins that led me safely back to shore." You could also go with, "I was in an accident and they had to replace the bones in my arms with bionic implants. But it was my fault. Apparently it's a bad idea to let your friends jump over you with their motorcycles even if they bet you a donut that you won't do it..."
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Lol yeah I had a story already planned out prior to surgery but I'm tellin ya these are worse than I thought! Just not ready unfortunately
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What about steroid injections?
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Yeah I'm going to look into the injections but from what I've read that really only fades the red faster . And I'm not sure if I can afford it . I doubt insurance covers it. And it's serious crunch time ! I have so much to save for for when I'm out of work for 6 weeks for the next one .
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I hear you,i can empathize,this is why i do one at a time and it's still so expensive!!! Plus to see if like my results with the doc i used.
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Insurance coveted my steroid injection. I only needed one. Your doctor can contact your insurance to find out. As for me, it made mine completely flat and flesh colored. It doesn't happen over night, and it won't make the scar thinner (mine are flat, but they are the same width, just not puffy). It is certainly worth it to investigate.
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Oh really ??? They covered it? Was it from a plastic surgery scar ??
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No, but they didn't ask what it was from. I think it was just listed a treatment for keloid scars. I just said to my dermatologist, hey, I have these keloid scars. I was told steroid injections could help treat them. Is that true? And she said sure, do you want to do it today? And I said okay. Then she went and got the stuff and injected it. They billed it to my insurance and it was covered. I think she also numbed it up a bit first so it wouldn't hurt as much. It did suck a little, but the end result was worth it.
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But ask your doctor to inquire with your insurance. They should be able to give you a written quote in advance of what your out of pocket costs after insurance (or tell you if your insurance won't cover it for some reason).
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But I do recall her telling me it is more effective on newer scars. I got the injection less than a year after my surgery. It is less effective on scars that are more than a year old. So the sooner the better!
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Ok cool thanks ... I'm sure the pain won't be anything in comparison to what these arms have already been through lol
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I would love to see your updated pics? I think the scars are fading fast I had smartlipo on arms 12 days ago. The WORST part for me is the waiting period. 6mos seems like 1 year. Happy healing and take care
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Hi, I think you look amazing! I am 2 weeks post-op from arm lift, breast lift and lower body lift. My arms are the most uncomfortable at this point. Also, my left arm is bigger than my right arm and still appears fat. My right arm is beautiful. Did you experience something similar? My doc says the swelling will come down, but I think the difference between the 2 arms is too much and will never be similar unless I get a revision. I'm nervous and feeling down that my left arm is still pudgy with a bulge. Ugh!
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Thanks and I'm sorry to hear about your experience. My arms looked similar from day one. Maybe there is a simple explanation for it but that is something your doctor will know and unless your arms were different prior to surgery I can't think of a reason why they would be different now other than the doctor not taken the same amount of skin, etc. of both arms. I would ask him if it doesn't change after a few weeks and hopefully it will resolve by itself.
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Hey :) Thank you very much. My oh my you had a lot done at once I'm jealous! I wanted a lower body lift with the arms but my surgeon wouldn't combine the two. He prefers to only or surgery run about 6 hours . And the lower lift scared me honestly lol so I admire how brave you are ! How are you feeling? My arms were slightly different after surgery however one was always bigger than the other. They're pretty similar . The slight difference is probably only noticeable to me . I do wish he had done a little lipo in the Arms as well. He didn't think I needed it. But I feel like I have a little pocket of fat on the outside of my arms . But I will just have to work on that myself. I'm not crazy about how wide my scars for around my elbow . I wonder if I didn't have my Arms propped up enough and I was always sitting with the phone in my hands texting . So My arms were bent a lot. I feel like elevating them and not keeping them folded so much would've helped the waking process as far as scars. I'm trying to accept them for what they are at this point . I definitely think you should try to not stress about your Arms. Mine looked like swollen sausages for the first month lol so just keep those arms propped up and get some rest. I'm shocked your arms hurt more than your tummy and back. I know the first 2 weeks all I could feel was the tummy tuck pain. And after 2 weeks all th
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Oops ! Hit post too soon! Lol stupid iphone. Anyways my arms started hurting the most Around 2 weeks also. I watched a lot of post op arm lift videos in utube prior to surgery. These ladies all seemed to be doing great at 2 weeks so I was so frustrated . But they all had only had the arms done and nothing else . I think combining it with a big surgery like a lbl or tt makes it all a little harder on our bodies. So just be patient . Focus on taking it easy and keeping your spirits up :) I swear things will get better .
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Hi, Thanks so much for the encouragement. My husband measured both of arms last night and my left arm is currently 2 inches larger than the right one. I just feel like it looks the same as before surgery except for the bat wings are gone (which is great, of course!). My left arm was my biggest concern going into this surgery so maybe I'm too focused on the results of that arm right now. Fingers are crossed that it starts to look as good as the right one!! My lower body lift has been really pretty uneventful except for an infection at the incision site near my butt. OUCH. That has not been fun - but it's all in the name of beauty, right? LOL.... I had a tummy tuck 5 years ago so this time my PS just needed to tighten the tummy skin while doing the lift. I know what kind of pain you are in with that tummy tuck. OUCH! Are you standing up straight finally? And I totally agree that the arms hurt more than I expected. I'll take the pain because it's totally worth it. I ripped lots of shirts because of my left arm just being too big. I really hope it evens out and gets smaller as the weeks go by. You said it best - we just need try to accept ourselves at this point. Geez, we've worked hard enough to get to this point and should learn acceptance at this point. :)
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Thanks, Tammy. The surgery is totally worth it and I'm so glad I did it, I'm just bummed because I think I will need a revision. After waiting so long to get the surgery done I was hoping they would finally look good. I tell ya ... the right arm is so pretty I can't stop looking at it. I feel like I have the right arm of a 12 year old girl! :) The left one...not so much. But I will remain positive and I'm sure my doc will take care of it for me. Thanks for the reply!
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Yeah I would be irritated by a two inch difference too. It could very well just be swelling though. The infection above the booty seems pretty common with the lbl . Did U regret not having that done the first round of the tummy tuck? I know I wish I would've lol I may think about it down the road. But I need my upper back done first. And my pelvic area needs to be lifted and reduced more so I'll be having him do that as well when I have my next surgery. Yes we should be good friends with "acceptance " these days ! Lol but I think I'm more obsessive now about my body because I've invested so much $$$ on it lol
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I had my bracho on 4/22/14. My right arm is way bigger than my left. Like an inch bigger!!! That is an inch is hanging below the scar! Surgeon also says to wait a year for swelling to go down. I have to say I'm not convinced. I've been saying that the arms weren't symmetrical from the beginning!! I asked about this at my first followup. I think I'll need a revision too but don't want him to do it. Also my surgeon has ticked me off. One of his comments was that the right arm was bigger to begin with. Seriously??? Also after the surgery when he spoke with my husband, he said that I wasn't a little girl so I wouldn't have small arms! What did he think I wanted to look like, Popeye with huge forearms??? No! I'm just frustrated because this was expensive, and was very painful for me and my scars are really bad. I also have those stretching red scars under my arms where the skin has stretched.
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