What motivated you to consider Arm Lift Surgery?
My drooping bingo wings have been a source of great distress for me ever since the birth of my eldest son a decade ago. After my first pregnancy, and indeed with all three pregnancies that followed, I put a lot of weight on.
While I was able to lose my baby weight from most of my body, the tops of my arms remained stubbornly flabby despite regular exercise and dieting. I'm not a vain person but I've been really depressed about my arms for many years.
My flappy 'bat arms' were really difficult to hide and it's always had a great impact on my self-esteem and my ability to enjoy things that many people would take for granted. I didn't like going shopping and had to buy clothes that fitted my arms rather than my body. I wouldn't wear sleeveless tops, go swimming or even wave to friends, as my arms would jiggle about so much – it made me so anxious.
It got to the stage where my arms would make me feel sick every time I looked in the mirror. I decided arm lift surgery was the only way I was going to achieve the slender upper arms that I desired.
Here's some photographs taken during my journey at Bella Vou...
See my amazing before and after transformations below!
Why did you choose Bella Vou, and Amir Nakhdjevani?
I did plenty of research into the procedure and surgeons who specialise in arm lifts – I wanted to make sure I had as much information to hand as possible. During my research I came across Amir Nakhdjevani and Bella Vou; I watched videos of Amir on YouTube, read reviews by people in a similar situation to myself, and I was very impressed and encouraged by what I saw.
I decided to book a consultation with Amir to discuss my options in more detail and I'm so glad I did! Amir is such a reassuring surgeon, from the moment I stepped into his office he was courteous and professional, but he was clearly confident in his abilities and he was sure he could do something to dramatically improve the appearance of my arms.
The most reassuring thing was to hear that I was not alone, that there was a surgical procedure that could correct the problem and that it was OK and perfectly understandable for me to want to do something about it. Amir was also very honest about the surgery, and took time to explain the scarring and recovery times that I should expect. After talking things through with Amir he asked me to think things over and after a couple of weeks' contemplation I decided to book in for the surgery.
How did you find your pre-surgical experience?
Before the surgery, Amir explained the process to me again and walked me through every stage of the forthcoming surgery so that it was clear to me what was going to happen before I went in for my procedure.
What was your experience, in surgery?
I was so excited to see the results and when I came round from the general anaesthetic I couldn't believe how slim and shapely my arms looked. Even though I was bandaged up I could already notice the difference. Although my arms were quite sore for the first fortnight, they healed really well and the swelling and scarring began to reduce very quickly. Now we're six months on and the scars have healed very nicely. I’m absolutely thrilled with the results, my bat arms have gone and I have the slender upper arms I always dreamed of.
Has it been worth it, and how do you feel now?
The surgery has been more than worth it! My life has been completely different since the procedure and I feel so much more confident than I have in many years. My friends and family have all noticed the difference, not just in how I look but mainly because I'm so much happier and more positive now. My husband couldn't believe his eyes when he took me shopping and I bought a sleeveless top, which would have been unthinkable before my surgery!
How do you look now?
Take a look at my before and after photos right here. Drag the slider left and right to see my amazing transformation!