I have been heavy all of my adult life. In 2001 at the age of 37 I had gastric bypass and lost 140 pounds. My arms got droopier with each pound lost. I have maintained 110 pound weight loss and still have been so ashamed of my arms. This summer I was mowing, near dusk, and was in a tank top and felt like there were spotlights on me shouting to the world to look at my gross arms. I decided that night that at 46 I have a whole life of tank tops, sleeveless dresses and cap sleeves that I would be missing if I didn't just do it.
I met with Dr. D in July and saw some of his before and after photo's and went home and discussed it with my husband. We decided that I "had" to do it. I am two weeks post-op today and although the scars are still red and new I'm thrilled with the results. When I went back to the doctor 24 hours after surgery and they removed the bandages I cried.
My arms were "beautiful" to me. Last night I had the ace bandage off and was rubbing my foot, my husband was across the room looking at me and he said, "Hon I can't believe how small your arms look now and I know that makes you feel good." Painful? Compared to other surgeries? I've had 2 c-sections and a panneculectomy and this was in the middle. I think c-section is worst and I had no problems after the panny, I think the difference is that we don't realize how we use our arms. I'm seriously considering a thigh lift if 2012.