No More Batwings...

After losing 100 lbs I found that not only were my...

After losing 100 lbs I found that not only were my arms sagging but they were wrinkled so bad I looked 100 years old. One week after my surgery I was home watching a morning news show when they announced athat the newest craze in plastic surgery was having a arm lift and that the procedure was up 800% in the last few years...I thought to my self that is nuts, as I was in so much pain as the under part of the arm is very delicate. And there is a huge scar running down both arms. I know the scar will get lighter over time but this is one surgery that I do not recommend unless it is really necessary as it is body altering for sure. For me I am delighted with the results but it was really needed, I wish it wasn't but it was....I am so happy with my surgeon and my outcome.

No more bat wings...

This was the right surgery for me as it was totally needed and I had a very good surgeon. I know everyone says that, but I have looked at the pictures and some of the scaring is horrible. I have a very thin pencil line scar. After 5 months it still is red but it's getting better daily. The photos above are 2 months before surgery and 2 weeks after surgery. I would suggest losing all your needed weight first and then see if you really need skin removal. Many times lipo is also done when the skin is removed, but for me it was not needed. This is a great life changing surgery when it is truly needed...And I do love my new skinny girl arms...

Arm surgery with Dr Quiroz

Here is a photo I took yesterday it shows everything I had done in April 2013, face, neck, arms and breast lift and saline implant....5 months out everything is healing nicely....

Six month mark....may need atlitte fix at the bottom

this picture is a little hard to see the arm since I took it in the mirror but it shows the arm with the bunching at the bottom. Looks like a little fix will be needed there. The rest of the arm is healing nicely and the scar is nice and thin.

I will be having some sort of revision

Not sure how much I am going to have done just yet. I will need to have the "pulled area" at the bottom of each arm fixed. Second PS said the cut should have come all the way to the elbow since there is still extra skin and I should have had a little lipo and then they could have been pulled tighter. But when showing me just how tight they could be, the upper arms becomes smaller than the lower arm (below the elbow) and that just might look alittle weird...I most likely will just have the bottom area recut and fixed as I have a really nice scar on the rest of the arms and would hate to mess that up and also the thought of all that pain and recovery is not a option....I am planning on using my original PS to correct this, I just thought it would be good to get a over all second opinion on just what work he would suggest I have done such as how to do the lower body lift and legs and so he also checked out my arms while I was there...He did say my face looked really good and that he would not have known I had had a face lift. So I thought that was really cool that a PS could not tell just by looking at me...

9 month photos

Left arm looks great scar is very light and thin now, right arm is the one with the "pulled" area at the lower portion. Looks like a little fix will be needed when I go back for other work.

Arms to be redone...

I will be having the lower portion of both arms re-cut and sewn as I have a bad case of "dog ears" This work will be done with another surgeon...

A Year later....

Here I am more than a year later and what has changed? Well the size of my arms are smaller, but I still find myself with my arms at my side, or wearing long sleeves as not to show my arms, so really not all that much has changed. My scars are so noticeable they look worse than the flabby skin that was once there. I am coming into another summer without the freedom of being able to be carefree when it comes to my arms. I was disappointed with the outcome at first, but now I am just plan pissed off. This is something that I addressed with the doctor on several occasions and was told it could correct its self, that is was normal. Well it turns out our definition of normal is quite different. And it's just not my opinion, I went to several other Plastic Surgeons for consults on my lower body lift and when they saw my arms they all thought I needed a complete revision, that the cut lines were in the wrong place leading to the "dog ears" When I had my three procedures last year it was my very first time ever having plastic surgery, so I was delighted to see any change. I did not know what I should expect, thus my glowing reviews. It wasn't until the healing didn't go the way I was told it would, that I began to see the sloppy work that was done. And honestly I was embarrassed that the great job I had told friends about, wasn't turning out the way it should have, so I kept quite for a long time, until these PS's told me I deserve better. I then felt bad that my reviews might be leading others to having the same kind of results I had. So I have to pay it forward with my honesty and let people know, my 3 procedures were not up to industry standards and basically I wasted my time and money as they all need revisions. I hate to say this, but I was swayed by the fancy clinic with all it's glass and marble, thinking somehow that was going to be my outcome...all fancy too...well not so.

Going for a consult to have the Arms done...

Not a lot to report. Since I was not able to have the arms done when I had my Lower Body Lift, due to that surgery going over in time....I decided to wait until after summer to address them so I could be able to swim rather than healing during the hot AZ summer. So Sept 18th I will be doing down to meet with Dr. Victor Gutierrez, in TJ to discuss fixing my arms as well as some other items that need addressing...
Dr Quiroz

1 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
2 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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I wish you well on your new journey for a revision by Dr G.
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Dr G did my lower body lift, and was going to do the arms then but surgery ran longer than he had planned so that's why I am waiting. I wanted to wait until summer was over so I could enjoy swimming, etc...
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Yeah,I'm glad you can do it in Sept. :)
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CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You will be in the arm lift review. I am glad lisalias helped you with your decision. :0)
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i am in the same boat as you. this was my 1st PS experience also. i had a tummy tuck that im happy with except for the scar is too high. and now my skin is so tight i cant have the scar lowered. i had a arm lift, again im happy with exept for a banding crease on each arm. the skin is tight and sculpted so im scared to lipo to rid the bands. therefore leaving me wearing long sleeves and keeping arms covered. and then theres my Thigh Lift - FAIL! id almost want the fat rolls back. 1 leg looks deformed and 1 leg looks all saggy. PS said he could do 3" incision under butt cheeks to correct. im nervous. how am i going to sit or drive? will my panties or jeans dig into the incisions? will there be drains coming out of my butt? i saw you post about this. please let me know anything you find out
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Have you redone your arms? Sending positive energy your way. I hope your revision goes as expected and you get the end result you want. Keep me posted. I just had arm lipo 12 days ago but not a lift. I'm sure your revision will go well and you will be happy. Happy trails on your journey to getting new arms.
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Not yet, when I had my recent surgery my surgeon had planned on fixing the arms, they were all marked but the surgery ran too long, so we had to postpone the surgery to fix them. I decided to wait until after summer so I can swim and not be going though another time of healing during the hot AZ summer...
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ok. So you're gonna let the same doctor do the revision? Is he charging you? I hope when you do decide to do it,it is done right. Best of luck b
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No, I am having my new PS do them, my husband will not allow me to go back to the first guy....I don't want to anyway, I know have a great surgeon that will be doing all the need revisions...And yes, I will be paying again, but it's worth it...
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WooHooo! Wise decision. I am happy for you. You are fortunate to be able to pay for it again. If i need touch-ups or a revision,i will be upset and not want to pay again or go to same doctor. I hope my arms heal right in 6mos. I am happy you can afford to do so. I pray it all turns out well. Best wishes for you and your family
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Check out Dr Victor Gutierrez, he is amazing, he is also a Micro-Surgeon in addition to being a PS, so his cut lines and sewing are flawless, he did my LBL...Hoping the revisions will not be too much,
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I sure wil,it doesn't hurt to interview an new doctor if i wish.
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Your arms look fabulous!!! How wonderful not to have to be cut....I had way too much skin, can't wait to get them redone...I am waiting until after summer, since it's just too hot in AZ to be bandaged up and not able to swim....
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Thanks.Ii hear you,it's HOT here in California. You'll son love your arms again. So you're going back to TJ Mex again DR G right?
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Yes...I can't wait...I want my arms done and a brow lift and my eyes done too...
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i meant soon NOT son! Wow you're doing arms,brow lift and eyes? What's wrong with your eyes? Do you mean eyelid surgery(blepharoplasty) or lasik? You're doing it all over again? I just thought arm revision? You silly. You look good,Stop.
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blepharoplasty, I was just going to do the brow lift but I really need both...maybe some fillers too to help with the lines...
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Don't do brow lift if you do blepharoplasty. i think it will be enough to help with tired eyes and puffiness and lines. Don't do fillers those are temp and costly. You might as well do both. I guess. I just Really believe from what i see in your pics,this is unnecessary. YOU LOOK GOOD.
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Sorry about how you feel.. its totally understandable! Keep your head up your journey is not over!
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Thanks, and you are looking great!
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Hey there - just read your review . I had my arms done along with a tummy tuck back in january... my scars are bad. Still very sore and tight in the arm pits . Did you have that problem ? Also feeling like they couldve done some lipo on the outer part . I hate how big they look when I have my arms down to my sides :-/ I know I still could lose more weight but its frustrating after paying all this money and still not having the results tye surgeon led you to believe. When is your revsion? I know I dred getting any revision done to my arms again it definitely has been a rough recovery .
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Btw even though youre not happy with the results - youre right about the scars , your scar lines look great. Very thin and faint . Not mine ! Lol
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The placement of the incisions are not good, rather than it running down the arm in the lower inside area of the arm the scar runs at a angle bending towards the inside of the arm pointing up...If that makes sense. So the lower part of the scar is very visible and that is the place where is scar is think and has the pulled area. Also there are bumps in the scar which turns out are buried stiches. If it weren't for all the issues I would be happy because the scars that are not effected by the problems are very thin and have turned white. So had this surgery been done correctly I would be delighted. I am going to my new surgeon for a follow up of my LBL in two days, I had talked to him about doing the arm revision then, but just realized if I were to do it now, it would mean another 6 weeks with out swimming and I live in AZ, so now I am thinking of waiting until the fall. I have been also considering a full arm revision, as that is really what is needed, I just don't know how much that is going to cost, so I will ask about that too and then make my decision. My arms still are quite saggy, so that's why I may just go for the full arm surgery. My new surgeon is also a Micro-surgeon so his incisions and sewing is always flawless, I just saw a friends arms that he did, and I am so jealous!!!!
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Make sure you are wearing your compression sleeves, so you don't have any more pulling or tearing of the scar line. I know the sleeves really helped me. My surgeon did not give them to me or even tell me about them I found them on line after reading that others used them... I have a great surgeon for revisions if you are interested, 3 out of 5 of his surgeries are revisions from other surgeons poor jobs...
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I see what you mean about the scar placement . Mine are down the back of my arms and very thick wide and bumpy . I wore compression sleeves for 8 weeks. After that they really don't help much . And I'm a hair stylist so at 6 weeks I couldn't wear them to work because I couldn't get my arms up high enough with them on . But I would wear them at night after I got home . My scars are most noticeable towards the bottom as well (near the back of my elbow ) they get very wide and thick . I'm hoping it improves a little but probably not . And I agree - I couldn't have any if these surgeries during the summer. All the compression things ? No way too hot ! Lol I'm having my upper back down in January so id wait until then .
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