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.
Kaiser Cosmetic

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
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