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So Far, Not Happy - Sacramento, CA

I had an arm lift done at the same time as my...

I had an arm lift done at the same time as my extended tummy tuck. I would recommend against doing more than one procedure at a time. It was just too much for my body. I needed my arms in order to compensate for my tummy, but couldn't use them. I didn't get a vertical scar in my armpit--which is typical. The result is that I have a cave for an armpit, which makes is very difficult to shave. I'm still healing though, so I'm hoping that this gets less annoying. But I did have over an inch of skin removed, so the bat wings are gone. I'm only 3 weeks in, so I'm really hoping that my view of what I had done improves.

Got the ok from the doc to stop wearing the arm...

Got the ok from the doc to stop wearing the arm compression garment. That dang thing was driving me crazy. Tomorrow I have to remove the tape. Kind of freaked out.

Today is 1 month post-op. The surgical tape is...

Today is 1 month post-op. The surgical tape is gone and the ointment is on (this is why it's shiny in the picture). The incisions look horrible up close, but I know they will (hopefully) smooth out over time. Just glad to be rid of the compression garment.

Today marks 5 weeks post-op. I've had the arm...

Today marks 5 weeks post-op. I've had the arm garment off for a week. It feels so weird--the skin inside and out. I can't wait until the skin smoothes a bit so I don't feel so much like a Frankenstein. And reaching is still difficult, but SLOWLY getting better. More pictures to come this weekend.

5 weeks pics added

5 weeks pics added

Posted the 8 week update photos, along with some 7...

Posted the 8 week update photos, along with some 7 week pics that my niece took. I wanted her to try and bring some beauty to something that shows so much pain.

So, I'm at 14 weeks now. In the pictures, the...

So, I'm at 14 weeks now. In the pictures, the scars look like they've faded, but in person, they still seem very bright pink. My right side seems to have a raise scar. The left side is must smoother--can hardly feel it.

Since starting back on weight training, the right arm pit that used to look like a belly button has smoothed out, so it looks like I'll be able to avoid the revision there. Thank god for that.

But I just wish that the scars would fade faster. I swear, people just stare at me, thinking- "Did this woman try to commit suicide by cutting her upper arms in case she failed"? I swear-- that is the face they make when they notice them. So frustrating.

Got a new prescription for something called...

Got a new prescription for something called Cordran tape yesterday at my 15-week post-op appointment. It's supposed to help with the scars (which are still bright pink as ever), since the Bio-oil, Scar Zone, Scar Away, Cocoa Butter and Moisturizer with aloe, shea butter, cocoa butter and mango butter is doing nothing to lighten my scars. Well shall see how this works. If this doesn't do the trick, he said I could use laser treatments to lighten them.

Please let this tape work!

I'm at 28 weeks now. The right arm scar is still...

I'm at 28 weeks now. The right arm scar is still pretty bad. The left arm is doing better. I'm starting to get the little nerves back that reach the surface, so it feels tight and painful at times. Still not sure if I'm happy with the outcome.

So I've finally changed my status on whether it...

So I've finally changed my status on whether it was "worth it" or not. I've decided to say no, it wasn't worth it. It's been 9 months since my arms were done, and my scars are still horribly visible. I thought by now they would at least be skin-toned, but they aren't. I feel like a freak when going out in public. I am sick of the stares, and I wish I had not gotten it done.

For those who are wanting to give scar treatment advice, I've tried everything. They are lighter than they were when I first had the procedure done, but they are still very pink. Not happy at all.

I've loaded some updated pictures. These were...

I've loaded some updated pictures. These were taken at 40 weeks post-op. As you can see, they are still VERY pink. I will be waiting until my 1-year appointment to officially be referred for scar laser treatment.
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4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
4 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
4 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Where can I see the pictures. I am thinking about a mini arm lift. Due to aging, I have loose skin I want to get rid if.
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I'm so suprised by the position of the scars, if I hold my arms like you are in your pic's, you can not see my scars from the front of the back at all. (i have pic's posted also) I'm happy i had it done but my arms were 19 inches when i started and 12.75 right now and i'm only 2 months out.
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I didn't really have a say in where the incisions were placed. They try to make it the least noticable from both sides. All stitches were the disolvable kind, so not sure if that had anything to do with it.
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Thanks everyone. I will basically be waiting until the middle of May to have a serious talk with my doctor about the scars. That will be my 1-year mark. If they are not faded by then (which they should be for the most part), then I will talk about getting the laser treatment for scars that he has mentioned in the past. but said I should wait on.
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Hi! Just checking in on those scars. My doc did some needling work during my TT on 12/26 and now the scars feel basically filed down. They are softer and sort of a brownish red. But, seriously, it feels like someone took a sander and buffed them out. I'll keep you posted on their healing. I had the arm lift down in march so this scar repair was about 9 months later. Now, if I can just recover from this TT surgery. Ugh.
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I use Coco Butter during the day and at nights I tape on the Silicone Gel Sheet. You can find it online.
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Are you using Mederma scar cream?
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I have tried BioOli, Cocoa butter, Scar Zome, Scar Away, and prescription Cordran ape/ Nothing seems to do anything to help. I guess I just need to wait and see.
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I'm glad to see some recent updates about the arm lifts. I'm having a TT & arm lift this Friday the 7th. When I talked to my PS about the arm lift he said its a trade off. You are accepting the scar instead of the skin. Your arms look great and I'm sure the scars will look better over time.
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I hope they get better. I'm going in for a tummy tuck revision on the 6th, but he said my arm scars look normal to him, and don't need a revision. Good luck to you on Friday.
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Hello, OMG! i thought i was the only one, really didn't know who to talk to about this that would understand but i came across this site and read your story. I so feel you! i also got arm lift and tummy tuck at the same time and your so right! i felt so restricted had to get my mom to take some time off to help out since i do have little ones, after a couple weeks i felt overwhelmed i couldn't do much for myself having both procedures done at the same time. i had mines done in june, I'm coming across to my 6month, I'm happy with my tummy tuck but my arms have thick dark pink scars still and my skin still seems to be loose so I'm planning a revision in Dec, so i understand about the dark scars and its funny what u say because i catch people looking at my scars randomly while talking to me and yes people stare and its uncomfortable,i wish they would heal faster! i know that the tummy tuck scar will be fine i had a c-section delivery and had a long scar and it healed nice and got light as my skin so I'm hoping tummy tuck will heal as good too, but these arms are very dark and i got keloids which is thickening of scar so my doc wants to go back in remove scar and of course pull more skin, i did loose about 15lbs after surgery so maybe that loosened skin more but i really wasn't fully happy when it was done because even though it was swollen i still saw it somewhat loose and told my doc, he said to at least wait for 6 month recovery and go from there. so December it is... 6 months post op... and I've been using the silicone scar gel i don't see improvement, but i guess it doesn't matter now I'm getting the procedure done over so ill have to start all over with the healing process, i did discuss other methods with my doc and we are going to do injections which help break down scar tissue from inside out and should improve coloring. ill keep u posted. and i wish u well with your recovery. God Bless you...
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Wow, I'm sorry you have to do revision on your arms. My arms look good other than the scar tissue. I didn't really swell at all other than the initial first few days. Good luck with your revision. I'm having my tummy tuck revised on 11/15/12. Not looking forward to that, but hopefully I'll be fixed up right this time. Best wishes!
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Hi, I certainly share your frustration. I had my arms done in March and I still have very red scars. My are different than your in that they were done down the back of my arms. I am having a tummy tuck done in December, and when that is done, the doctor is doing some kind of needling work that is supposed to break down the scars and help the collagen in my skin help the scar heal lighter. I think that because it is our arms and we use them all the time, the scars do not get the opportunity to rest and heal like on our body. I hope that you will continue to keep us posted on your progress, and I will reassure you that as time goes on you will become less and less self-conscious of the scars...
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Thank you for the words of encouragement. The Cordran tape is helping, but not as much as I would like. From the pictures that I've seen, it seems like it will be the 1 year mark before the scars are really "flesh" colored again, so I just have to keep telling myself that. Good luck with your tummy tuck. If you have any questions on what to expect with that, let me know, since I had that done at the same time as my arms (those scars are WAY lighter than my arms).
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I do have a question for you on the Tummy tuck. I was pregnant and lost weight, and have (had) a lot of saggy skin. I did the arm and thigh lift at the same time and I was miserable for the first week. I have read some mixed reviews about the first week. Some folks are laid up for the first week, and others are just fine. What was your experience in the first week?
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Well, since I had my arms and tumy done at the same time, I had a horrible first 4 days. I needed around the clock help for those 4 days (the first day includes the day of surgery). After that, I was able to stay at home on my own, and had family members come check on me, and help out with my cats, since I couldn't exactly life their litter box to change it out. I wasn't able to sleep in my own bed until about day 6 or 7, and it was a comedy routine trying to get situated and semi-comfortable. My drains were also places at my sides, which seems to be rare according to other people. I am a side sleeper, so I pretty much got no sleep for 2 weeks. It was rough, but I got through it (I have a review for the tummy tuck as well, if you would like to know more).
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Hi. I know it has been a couple weeks, so I was wondering if you were having any progress with your scars. I know how frustrating it can be. I am over 6 months since the surgery, and I can already start to see the very tip top of the scar starting to fade!
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Mine are similar. On both arms, the top and bottom of each scar has now turned flesh-colored, rather than bright pink. But it is only the ends of the scars, nothing yet for the middle. I've stopped using the Cordran tape for a while because one day it turned the whole length of my arm bright red. It stayed that way for 2 days after I stopped using the tape. Plus, it was making my arm skin a little chafed. But I had a follow-up appointment with my doctor last week, and he said they are looking good. So I guess I'm on the right track? :o)
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Thanks for your update today. I am sorry that your scars are being so difficult. Did you have the TT revision surgery? How did that go?
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Did you experience any loss of circulation in one or both arms at 9 weeks? I am having some in my left arm ????Thanks!P.S Hows the tape working??
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I never had any loss of circulation the entire time, so I have no idea if that is normal or not. So you'll really want to check with youir P.S. The tape lightened sections of the scars, but they are still HIGHLY visable. I just keep trying to remember that my body likes to hold onto scars (even small ones) for a long time.
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Going into week 9 and arms feel hard inside - nerves feel strange at times- back of arms - still numb--scar great on left side -not as good on right.Under armpit is very red still.There is some edema still around elbow area and directly above.Other than THAT---I guess it is normal. ???How does the Cordran(?) tape work? I purchased some gel for scars that glued my arms to my shirt--THAT WAS FUN!
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I'm getting arms and tummy done on the 27th. I live in Houston, TX, and am paying $14,200. I'm planning a thigh lift later on which was quoted at $7,000. I did 3 different doctor consultations and all the prices were pretty much the same...
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I'm worried I will forget to come back here or not finding this page. If you could email me at gina_marie3112@hotmail.com I would so appreciate it. Thanks :)
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Hi Gina Marie.
Yes, I will be happy to send you a regular email. My name is Sandy, and I have a funky last name, so you'll know it's me. :o)
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