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Slim Lipo on Arms 5/3/12 - Orlando, FL.

I have always been a little self-conscious about...

I have always been a little self-conscious about my large arms and people calling me "strong".. Even when I am in great shape, I am defenseless against the batwings. I think shapely arms do more for your overall appearance than a tight tummy (I will probably revise this statemet one day when I have shapely arms and a spare tire haha). Anyway, I inquired about smart lipo but couldn't bring myself to take the next step. Then I found out one of my friends had slim lipo and decided to do it with her referral. So I knew but didnt know what I was getting myself into, I had been thinking about it for years so I guess all the stars aligned to do it if I ever were.

My procedure was done in office under general anesthesia. After some measurements and a talk with the doctor (bad timing because I was getting woozy from the drugs). They took a pic and it was my turn on the table. The first step was injecting me with the numbing fluid which i think was the most painful part. A lot of poking holes in spots and injecting the metal thing to spread more of the solution. It fet like they were building a steel armband around my arm (you get creative whe you are woozy). I fell asleep for an instant and the doctor walks in to do his sculpting/removal. I did not find this pleasant and I can't say it didn't hurt, some was awkward, some spots I really felt. In the grand scheme of things, it wasn't a long procedure and the pain wasn't THAT bad that I would opt for general anesthesia should I do it again. Just awkward.

Alright, the surgery is over, here comes the part I'm afraid of and most looking forward to- recovery! The first night I came home and lied down, spending the evening mostly resting as I was woozy from the drugs. I leaked a little but nothing scary like I had imagined (I actually had a little stich so maybe that helped). The next morning I took a shower (probably earlier than I was supposed to) so I could wash the compression sleeve.

I finished my surgery about 24 hours from the time im writing this. I definitely have some pain, certain spots more than others but I am going to stick with Tylenol over the Rx stuff. It's more discomfort than constant pain like a headache. Some of my arm is definitely still numb and swollen so we will see how that goes.

I guess it's too early to tell results. Maybe it's the swelling but my arms don't look any smaller yet. The doc took 700cc of fat+fluid and I don't know if that's a little, a lot of average. There is quite a bit of brushing and knowing me, that will take some time to go away. One good thing, my hands didn't swell like they said they may.

I feel like I can function as normal, I have not tried lifting anything though and I know I am supposed to lay off excercise for 2 weeks. Tricky part will be hiding the compression sleeves :)

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So I am starting to see some positive differences...

So I am starting to see some positive differences and the bruising is not as bad as I was expecting (definitely bruised though). I keep reading that the arms are one of the areas that takes the longest to heal. I am still taking pain meds and have started to feel the itching which I understand to be my nerve endings healing themselves. Definitely some tender spots and much more healing to go. I will post pics soon.

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Correction- mine was under local anesthesia!

Correction- mine was under local anesthesia!

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One week today. Taking my first compression...

One week today. Taking my first compression garnment break today to wash and trying out a spanks-like thingie that I bought online that is at least short-sleeved. I can see improvement in the bruising and went all day without any Tylenol. But I am also more swollen and itchy than before. But overall, all good. Expecting positive results, just anxious for the swelling to subside so I can see it.

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So today marks 2 weeks and I'm getting excited....

So today marks 2 weeks and I'm getting excited. The bruising is nearly gone except a few spots (I just look like I have uneven skin tone), the incision spots are fading and I can even feel the swelling going down. I still have a very sore, numb, tightness on the upper part of the treated area, near my underarm but I can tell other spots are healing (fortunately I haven't been itching!).

I stopped wearing the compression garnment during the day and only in the eveing and at night now. Mine is XL and I think I really think a large would be more effective- the support is comforting but I can tell I'm not going to be one of those who wear it for months. I do think I will look for something to workout in, I started doing cardio and like the support because I still have some jiggle and thats a tad uncomfortable. As you can imagine I'm looking forward to getting back in the gym as now I have a chance to see some some results from my work instead of my muscles being covered in fat.

I can tell my arms are smaller than my last update, but they are not SMALL. I think it looks natural, small enough that I won't have to do those "big arm" poses all the time but not too much that my skin would appear loose. So far positive. Looking forward to more progress.

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You look great!
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So I've surpassed a month and very happy with the...

So I've surpassed a month and very happy with the results. I do not have slender super-toned small arms (because i still have a lot of working out that i meed to do!) but the size fits me and the shape is so much better. I do not wear the compression garments anymore and I still have numbness, but no pain or bruising- the scars from the incision sites will take some time but if I don't point it out, I doubt no one will notice.

They say you see 80% of your results after the 1st month so while I am not sure the swelling is 100% gone (big numb area-hard to tell), it was a great investment for me.

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Do you have any lumps? Do you know if this Dr is good at arm lipo revision?
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I can only speak for myself but I don't have any issues. I honestly don't remember the smaller details of how my arms looked before so to me there is nothing unnatural. In hindsight (well I think I said this after) I don't think I had THAT much removed so my arms still have a decent amount of flab but with weight lifting I am developing more shape than the pillow I had before. Being that I can't remember my arms before (aside from the pics), I'm sure my perception has changed when I say "decent amount of flab". At any rate, I don't have anything that I would consider lumps- that is the skill of the doctor so I would say he did a good job for me. No harm in consulting with them if you are interested.
Thank you so much. I need a revision. :( I will contact his office. Thanks again.
Altamonte Springs Plastic Surgeon

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