I'll try to recap here as much as I can of the last (almost) two weeks as well as some relevant history. For those just finding my blog, on June 5, 2017, I changed EVERYTHING about my life. I eliminated all toxins and inflammatories from my diet and started eating healthy, whole foods. To sum it up, my way of eating is the best of Keto, Whole 30, and a Paleo diet. I became a regular at the gym, found a passion for yoga, and am extremely physically active. I do leave for Bali next month for Yoga Teacher Training and my way of eating will change again. I will be practicing Ahimsa (the principle of nonviolence toward all living things) while there, and therefore eating vegan. That will be exciting, scary, interesting, challenging, and a host of other things blog worthy I'm sure. Anyway, because of my lifestyle change I have lost a total of 179 pounds of fat, gained all sorts of muscle and am left with a lot of loose skin. On August 31, 2018, 12 days ago, I had a bilateral brachioplasty.
This is where my arms started before my lifestyle change:
This is where they were prior to surgery:
Rewinding even a little further....I wasn't ABSOLUTELY SURE this was something I wanted to do until this moment (March 28, 2018):
I continued to lose weight, but found it very difficult to reduce my body fat percentage. I was losing fat, gaining muscle but the fat % was being extremely stubborn. Most surgeons I spoke to wouldn't even consider a consult until I was 30% BF or less. Also, many won't consider corrective work like this until you've maintained your dramatic weight loss for at least one year. I finally found Dr. Olson who agreed to meet with me. He explained that my BF % is being so skewed by the amount of loose skin that I have. That I won't see that number decrease like I'd like until I start getting some of this unnecessary skin off of my body. He agreed that my arms were indeed ready to lose this extra baggage and we (Alan, Dr. Olson, his fabulous team, and I) made it happen.
I went through some weird grief for my skin, wings, and arms the few days prior to surgery. More than anything I was excited and very ready but it was still a hard process to go through. It's very strange to commit to electively laying down and having large parts of yourself cut away. But, that morning, I was good to go. Alan and I left for Gilbert early as I had to be there by 6 am and we actually had to drop a kiddo off at the airport prior to that.
Pic just before going in and some prep:
He did post my procedure on his Instagram story and Shei was able to screencap it. The quality is meh, but it is pretty darn graphic. It is on my FB page and Instagram but I'm not sure how to post it here without uploading it to YouTube which would probably further compromise the quality. So, You'll just get some pictures. Just know that...after the liposuction portion, he peeled the excess skin off me like a banana. Or as Shei said, "ripped it up like old carpet."
The end of my procedure before he put my compression sleeves on:
He did clarify when someone asked this question:
This is the reason I was able to come home with just the steri strips, very little gauze, and my compression sleeves. There were no bandages to be changed after the fact. Because the fluid/blood/and ick were all removed with liposuction, I did not need to worry about blood loss or having drains placed. The procedure (started just after 7am) took a little over two hours. I was in recovery for approximately 30 minutes. I think I was home in bed by about 10:30 am.
While most of this is pictures....it is starting to get long. So, perhaps I'll break it up into two parts and continue tomorrow. My body is still demanding A LOT of rest.