I have been wanting to do this for years and have...
I have decided to go with Dr. Fara Movagharnia in Atlanta metro (Marrietta). There aren't many pics of his work on this site, but there are some elsewhere on the web. After hearing positive comments about him on RealSelf, and not seeing some of the horror stories I've heard about other PS', I scheduled a consultation last week. I was able to meet w/ Dr. Fara, not a PA, and have him tell me firsthand what I would need. Also, I was able to get an appointment in June which was impressive. Other famous local PS' are booked up until the end of the summer. When comparing Dr. Fara's before/after photos to that of others, I feel confident I have found the right one. His prices were also reasonable to me. Additionally, I found him and his team to be helpful and accommodating which I think will be very important down the road. I've been turned off by the staff alone at another doctor's office.
So this is the beginning of my blog. I will post before pics soon and update you on my progress once I go under. I'm a bit nervous and will continue lurking this site to help mentally prep myself for this upcoming procedure. I've never done anything like this before, and it's been helpful to hear others experiences on this forum.
2 Days Post Op
The surgery went fine, it felt like I just took a nap and was awaken shortly after with a bunch of bandages. Most of the nurses were great, very helpful. My husband did comment that the last one seemed less than compassionate, but I didn't care at the time. I just wanted to get home and rest.
I just wanted to make sure to tell anyone who is doing this procedure to make sure you know beforehand what sort of garment your PS will have you wear out of the hospital. And if you aren't sure it will offer the best support in the long run, go ahead and order one for yourself before the big day. I got a tummy binder (like the ones moms get postpartum) , and for some reason it created a hard mass of bunched up fat on the top of my bum and lower back--it was extremely swollen there. That also happens to be where most of the fat from the transfer was injected--the top part of my butt. Some girls on this site have different recommendations for fajas that are specifically made for this sort of surgery. I looked up lipo express (lipoexpress.com) and got their #1625 Sleeves, half leg, and derrière one. It makes sense to me that having a shaper to smooth over all the areas would be more functional than just a belly binder going forward. For now I have rewrapped in the ace bandages and put the belly binder on in a way where it's not causing the type of swelling I had day 1. Will post pics in the next day or so.
Swollen lower back 2 Day Post-op
My lower back, top bum was very hard and swollen Day 1 post-op. I had to adjust my garment so that it didn't squeeze the lower back so tightly.
Day 3 Post Op Pics
I'm still very swollen and unsure if my wraps are helping or worsening matters.
My transformation, so far, is not as big as what I was hoping after dropping 11k. But I will try to reserve judgment for a few more weeks because right now I still have quite a bit of swelling which may be skewing the look. Check my 3 day post op pics and see for yourself.
Feeling Normalish Again
By the way, my starting height and weight before op was 5'3, ~175 lbs. I have no change in the weight which is as expected. I mostly just expect to see physique and contour changes.
Of all the prep items I bought or had on hand, the most useful by far have been: the female urinal (w/ handle and closed catch at bottom) , toilet raiser, pill organizer, baby wipes, non-absorbent pads for bed, disposable panties, large reusable water bottle w/ built-in straw, protein shakes, and boppy pillow. My first post-op apptmt is later this week. Will update more then.
Feeling good 3 weeks post
Also, I started getting lymphatic massages even though I was told its not something worth paying for. I would strongly disagree with anyone who says that. Every one heals differently, but the massages have helped tremendously with my swelling as well as softening the scar tissue. The masseuse I'm using is from Wellness Sanctuary in Atlanta, her name is Tiana: http://thewellnesssanctuaryinc.com/?page_id=190. By the way, she also can get the Marena garments at a discount which I wish I'd known before ordering mine but I just started working with her a week ago. I also got a 3panel medical grade binder on Amazon for $40 that is more flexible and adjustable than the single panel binders.
Now lets talk results, I will post pics soon, I promise. Now that the swelling is going down I am starting to see some nice contour changes--mainly in my waist and my lower back above my butt. There's a nice inward curve in those parts that wasn't there before. I haven't noticed as much of a difference in my chin or arms at this point. My butt is a little more projected than before and looks sexier in my opinion, but I can tell I will definitely need a Round 2. PS said he extracted 4100 cc of fat from my body, and injected 500cc in each cheek. I can't afford to absorb or lose 1 cc or it will look the same as my before pics. At this point, it's still looking a little bigger than Pre-op, so I'm hoping I don't lose any more volume. But I'm already mentally preparing myself that I will need to do a Round 2 at some point for the butt I really want. Hopefully the fat sticks even better with the second round, because I really don't want to have to do this any more than 1 more time.
I haven't had the procedure yet. Will update once it's done.