57yrs Old, 65lb Weight Loss and Happy Happy Since Surgery - Iowa City, IA

Cedar Rapids Plastic Surgeon
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My arms have been bad since college, yo-yo...

My arms have been bad since college, yo-yo dieting/weight gain didn't help but Mom has the same problem. After I lost 65lbs, went from a 22Womens to a 14-16Misses in my clothes but was frustrated that my hard work in body shaping did nothing for the arms. I finally found a wonderful PS who said I was the perfect candidate for the arm lift. 10 weeks later I still have some swelling but I wear the compression garment when I'm home and sleeping. I think the worst is the nerve damage I have in my right arm below the elbow - feels like a huge wad of something under the skin when I rest my arm on a table, don't have it on the left side. My incisions look great, still some redness with the ones armpit down but maybe my bra is just irritating that area a bit. I didn't go into this wanting to go sleeveless, probably still won' but to be able to go shopping and buy a L or XL top/jacket instead of the next size up just so the arms fit is a great feeling (hubby doesn't see the shopping charges, LOL!) I have more tingling going on so I know the nerves will come back. I do have some indentation just above the elbow a bit above the bend in the arm but the PS told me right up front that "mother nature will take her sweet time in making everything perfect, you just have to be patient"...easy for him to say to someone with little patience to begin with :) I think my arms look a little better each week so hoping that by this time next year I can be in a swimsuit at the pool in Vegas having the time of my life! Curious if anyone else has the nerve damage problem too...

Arm Lift Photos

Marked Up Day Before!

Arm Lift Photos 2

3 Days Later in Sleeves

From the doctors office

Surgery was 5/1/2014. We took a picture on 3/25 at the consult, 1 month 10 days after 6/11 (brown tank top) and at my final visit on 8/25. Amazing to see the before pictures now...

Banding and Fullness at the Elbows ?!?

So here we are 7 months after surgery and I have some feeling back in my right arm but am noticing some new banding going on and it appears that while the healing was going on and the fat repositioning itself during the last month or so I'm getting fullness at the elbows on both arms. PS (now retired) did tell me I needed to wait a full year before checking in with a new PS on a mini-lipo procedure if I saw that happening . Anyone else having these problems?
Cedar Rapids Plastic Surgeon

Wonderful man, honest and compassionate. He is retiring in a few months and I will miss our visits! I'm so happy that I found him before the next phase of his life! He explained everything very clearly, his nurse Kay was a great listener and this was truly one of the best medical experiences I've ever had.

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