Fat Grafting Breast Augmentation W/ Brava - Arlington Heights, IL

I had silicone implants for a year but had to have...

I had silicone implants for a year but had to have them removed due to complications. I was left a deflated 34B with some asymmetry. I had been thinking about natural breast augmentation for awhile and I'm hoping to fill out my breasts a little more and to go up one or two cup sizes.

I am very excited and a little nervous to have this procedure done! I wanted to share my story with everyone who is thinking about someday having this procedure done themselves. I have been wearing the Brava system for 3 days now. I have to wear it at night because they are WAY to big to be work under clothing in the day (think Madonna cones) I have been wearing the domes for about 10 hours each night. For those of you who don't know what Brava is, it is like a suctioning bra consisting of two domes that create pressure to help your breast tissue expand and develop blood flow to this area. This is important to make room for the grafted fat and to help in survive.

Its been pretty uncomfortable to sleep in, especially if you sleep on your side or stomach like I do. However, I am getting used to it, and I like the way my breasts look after I take it off in the morning!

I will be traveling to IL for my surgery, and I will keep all of you posted as I get closer to my surgery date at the end of December. I will post before pictures soon. Feel free to ask me any questions!

So I've been using the brava system for almost two...

So I've been using the brava system for almost two weeks. I really hate wearing this thing! It's itchy and uncomfortable. I developed a rash and some blisters in my cleavage area, and boy was it painful. I tried calling a brava coach but nobody called me back, so I used a bandaid to cover the open sores while wearing the domes. This was the only way to help the wound heal. The redness is slowly going away. Also, I am noticing it is getting harder to get a seal because the domes are losing stickiness. This worries me but hopefully they will last for at least 4 or 5 more weeks. Otherwise , I am noticing a slightly more fuller look to my breasts. I can't wait till the 27th.

I read the informed consent today which lead me to...

I read the informed consent today which lead me to having a minor panic attack! I got really scared when I started reading about lumps, cysts, and calcifications. The last thing I want is a pebble like feeling to my breasts. Luckily, the nurse Sherry called me and calmed me down. I feel a lot better! Note to self- Stop Googling!!

My surgery is in a few days now, I am starting to...

My surgery is in a few days now, I am starting to get really nervous and having second thoughts.. I have to wear brava 24/7 for the next 3 days up until my surgery. Hoping for the best

Tomorrow is my surgery, I can't believe it's here...

Tomorrow is my surgery, I can't believe it's here already! Chicago is freezing btw, way colder than I anticipated.Anyway I met with Dr Placik and his staff today, everyone was so nice! We decided that I would have lipo on my hips and a little bit on my inner thighs. I don't have large amounts of fat to harvest so Im hoping that he's able to get enough from my hips. I will update tomorrow after surgery.

I had my surgery today. I woke up really early,...

I had my surgery today. I woke up really early, got to the office, and took some meds the nurse gave me. I started to feel woozy withIn minutes of taking them bc I was on an empty stomach. Next thing I knew, bam! I'm waking up from surgery. At first I had no idea what was going on or where I was, but then I felt pain in my breasts and remembered. I also started feeling really really cold. I was shivering so much that it was actually hurting me bc it caused my pec muscles to clench, not fun. I had to focus on not shivering which seemed to help. The pain isn't terrible but it's no cake walk either. I equate it to being really really sore after a workout. I had about 1000 cc removed from my hips and 100 c from each inner thigh. I had around 600cc put in my right side and around 400 in the left. The Staff said it turned out great, which I'm happy about! Everyone was so nice and comforting, which makes this experience so much better. I can't tell what the brusing is life bc I have a compression garment on and I'm marked up with purple marker. I'll have a better idea on Monday when I go in for a follow up. Until then, no shower :( Also, I want to note that I am leaking from the liposuction sites. This is a mixture of the tumanescent (spelling?) fluid, and bodily fluid, so I'm using a towel as I lay right now. Luckily I'm wearing black sweatpants. I recommend this to anyone planning on getting lipo. ok well I'm really tired so I'm going to watch some movies and probably pass out. Feel free to ask me any questions! Oh yeah, my doctor also showed me pictures of myself during the surgery, it was really cool!

I am 4 days post op today! I feel much butter pain...

I am 4 days post op today! I feel much butter pain wise since the 1st day after surgery. I find that I don't need any pain meds, although I do get very tired easily. I had my lipo stitches taken out today and the compression garment came off, OMG, my hips are SO TINY!! They took out 1000 from each side, not 500 like I previously thought! I had 650cc in my right and 440 in my left. My breasts are still massive and swollen. I am very bruised, although it subsides every day. I can't even fit the brava domes on, my the doctor office says that this is okay and happens to some patients. I have to wear a compression garment or spanx for the next few weeks. I can't believe the difference in my hips. I will post pics later. Also, I finally get to shower today! Thank goodness.

I am almost a week post op today. I feel alot...

I am almost a week post op today. I feel alot better and am back to work! My hips are still very tender though and its annoying to sleep. I have so much bruising in my sides and legs! I hope it goes away soon. I haven't been able to fit into my BRAVA domes yet (I have extra Large wide domes) but I will try tonite. I'll post more pics soon!

Its been 2 weeks from my surgery and all of the...

Its been 2 weeks from my surgery and all of the pain is gone. Most of the bruising has faded and the swelling is down. I was able to go back to the gym for some light exercise a few days ago! My breast size has gone down a bit but they are still pretty big! I'm told I'll know my final size in about 3 months, so there is still a ways to go, but hopefully they won't shrink too much. I do feel a few lumps, mostly under my right breast, but I'm told this is normal and will resolve itself. They have softened up a lot too, and it will only get better in time. I will post again at a month out.

I am now 5 weeks out from my procedure. I feel...

I am now 5 weeks out from my procedure. I feel great! The injection marks are fading and the size has gone down, but not too much. I currently fit a 36D from Victoria Secret. My breasts are full and I love the way they look! My hips look great but 2 lipo injection sites on my hips are still healing and are red. All bruising is gone and I think the swelling is pretty much gone as well. Lumpiness is almost all gone is well. The feel so soft! I am currently very satisfied with my results would recommend this procedure and my doctor to everyone, he really is skilled at what he does!

Hi everyone! I am almost 3 months out, and at...

Hi everyone!

I am almost 3 months out, and at this point the doctor says what I have now is my final size. My breast size has gone down slightly, but they are still very big! I am wearing a 36 C/D depending on the bra. I have no lumps or unevenness. My lipo areas look great, although 2 of my incisions sites have been slower to heal. I bough this cream called Biafine, which is working wonders to heal the incisions wounds. I will post pics later today!

Update 11/27/2014

Its been awhile since I've updated this review. A lot has happened since then some good some bad, but for the most part I am still happy I had this procedure. About a year after I had my grafting, I unfortunately had some fat necrosis on my right breast about the size of a small egg. I ended up getting some of the necrosis removed. However, there are 2-3 small spots that feel like small pebbles under the skin. You can't really see them, but if you feel carefully, you can find them. They don't bother me, but someday I might get them removed. MY breasts still look good and I don't regret having this procedure at all. The only thing I regret is ever getting breast implants in the first place because it damaged my pectoral muscles. This procedure saved the look of my breasts. I wear a 36 C/D bra. Hope this helps!
Chicago Plastic Surgeon

After doing a lot of research (especially on this site) I came across Dr. Placik's photos of his results with fat grafting breast aug. I was very impressed, and after consulting with this staff, decided to move ahead with the procedure.

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