I'm 59 years old and lost 160 lbs ten years ago....
30 Jun 2014
3 months post
I'm 59 years old and lost 160 lbs ten years ago. After years of my skin drooping more and more I was finally able to have these procedures. The breast lift and augmentation surgery went well. My surgeon, Dr. Larry Lickstein, did an amazing job. The size and shape of my breasts was exactly what I expected. I did have two drains for two weeks. They weren't a problem and did the job. I did have a problem with my incisions healing. There was one spot on each breast that separated where two incision lines intersected. One at the areola and one under the breast. The area on the areola healed in about a month using silver cream and Restore. The area under the breast was more serious. There was an opening about the size of a nickel and maybe a 1/4 inch deep. This took about two months to heal using Restore. At 3 1/2 months both wounds are healed completely and scars are slowly fading. I use scar cream daily. The surgical bra that I wore home was tight and uncomfoetable. I was very swollen. I finally found a front zip sports bra by Playtex that worked well for me. The arm lift has been the most difficult surgery to recover from. The surgery itself went well. Two drains were placed and did their job with no problem. I started wearing compression sleeves within 3 days of surgery. The sleeves provided by the doctor's office were very tight and increasingly uncomfortable. The sleeves eventually opened the incisions in my armpits. I ordered different types of sleeves and finally found a set by Marena that were most comfortable. In the meantime, my body started to reject the dissolvable sutures and clips. The incisions in both arms began opening up at different locations on the incision lines between my armpits and elbows. Until 2 weeks ago both arms had finally healed nicely. Then one arm started getting red and warm in several spots. The incision was not infected but there more clips working their way out from under the skin. Not really painful just annoying. Now using antibiotic cream and Band-Aids on the opening. It will probably take several more weeks for my arm to heal again. I go back to the doctor at the end of July. Hope everything will be good by then. After all of the problems, I'm happy with the way my arms look. No more wiggle waggle! I can finally wear sleeveless tops. The doctor and his staff were able to get me in the office each time I had a problem and that was very comforting and reassuring.