38yrs Old, 3 Kids, V Slim and Tiny Breasts. - Australia, AU

So, I have just had my very first cosmetic...

So,
I have just had my very first cosmetic procedure. I am 3 days post fat transfer to breasts. And yes, am having a few of those - why did I do this to my beautiful little body???? Moments. I loved/love my body, all except my tiny breasts, which looked even flatter after feeding all 3 of my children. So after a fair amount of research, it snowballed in to me actually going thru with the procedure. I am 164cm and 50kg, and keep pretty fit running. The surgeon admitted it was hard to harvest enough fat, and they fat I did have apparently didn't want to be given up easy, whatever that means. I was in surgery for 7 hrs! I was told it would be 4-5hrs. Not looking forward to the bill (yet to receive full invoice). Anyway, have decided to share my story as there doesn't seem to be anyone on this site with quite my circumstance, and hopefully my story is useful in others research. For me: no brava used (not recommended for me as I wouldn't have enough fat to harvest to fill bigger breast cavity), really really tiny pre op boobs, very low fat percentage, 3 kids.
I will post pics soon.
So, day 3 post op and am feeling moderately better. I wasn't prepared to feel quite as tender from the lipo as I have - it's pretty limiting in how you can move, and most annoyingly can't really sit! Poor little bottom is bruised and sore. Quite a bit of swelling, not much leaking. It's also hard to move position in bed. I haven't seen my boobs (the whole point of this op) has they are bandaged up and will remain so until I see the dr again in just over a week. The lipo was really an unwanted necessity for me to get natural enhancement of small breasts. I liked my bum and legs just the way they were, so I am hoping once all this settles down, they are not too different or flat bummed!

6 days post surgery

Well, am feeling much better than when I posted 3 days ago. Am still stiff and sore from the donor sites, but quite manageable. There's also still lots of bruising visible. I have seen my breasts finally as took the dressing off after it got wet. I have boobs! hurrah. Although they are rather bruised and fake looking right now. Once all settles down, even if I retain only 50% (which surgeon said would be worst case scenario) - I think I should still have good improvement from what I was pre op, which was completely flat and shapeless. I went back to work today and also walked the 6km home. Was great to get walking for decent stretch, even if a little stiff, it felt good to move the limbs! So, got a fair way to go yet on recovery, but I am pleased to see improvements. I think both my husband and I under estimated how I would feel post op, as I looked after our 3 little ones mostly on my own for the first two days. Not sure how we muddled through that now in hindsight! I would certainly recommend ensuring better set up for domestic stuff, like childcare and meals etc before you come home from op. Oh to be one of those who go on a 'surgery holiday' and post op go in to plush hotel and be cared for by attentive nurse. Ah well, family a good distraction from ones own woes anyway I guess. I have added some photos.

9 days post op now

Hi, am feeling so much better. Can move around and do most things now. Am still really bruised looking and restricted range of motion through bottom and knee bending. My breasts have gone down a bit - swelling fading I presume. I am slightly concerned about the amount of fat injected into upper chest area versus a more natural look of fat around lower/under breast. I hope it kind of sinks and settles a bit over the weeks towards a more natural lower breast curve. It also feels quite hard at the moment o upper chest and in to armpit area. I see the surgeon in two days time for my first review, so will get to ask all those sorts of things, along with how many cc were injected in. New photos loaded. Do you think I have bruised up a lot more than other people? I thought it would have faded by now rather than got worse looking. hmmmm.

11 days post - first review with surgeon. 370cc!

Finally got to see my surgeon post operation today. I know a few have asked about volume put in each breast. He told me 370cc approx. per side! I was quite surprised. I thought the max was 200cc and if you put in too much, it gets squashed and dies. Eek. Ahwell, as with this entire process, time will tell. I discussed the asymmetry too, which at present is reflective of pre op asymmetry. I am ok with how it is right now, but if the left breast keeps shrinking and right doesn't - things will most certainly look lop-sided. Currently, the boobs are indeed sisters not twins and I am cool with that. As long as we don't end up with competing families from opposite sides of the world ;-). With my bruising, he said this should resolve in another 2-3 weeks, as it's still pretty coloured. So that would be about a month in total post op if he is right. He took the few stitches out that I had. I also discussed the hard upper chest area, he said this is still inflamed a bit and should settle over the next 6 weeks. He said he did do a lot of contouring as I had protruding ribs and obvious concave sternum, which was true, and he was working on helping me create a cleavage...however I am concerned about the over sculpting/fattening of this area as it's going to look a dead giveaway that 'I've had something done' (which I am trying to avoid) cos I've always been bony in that area. Again, time will tell, so I will just keep it covered up for now until I think I have my final result. Also, not sure if anyone else out there has thought about diet post fat transfer to try and help the fat stay eg. avoid coffee/alcohol/salt or eat loads of protein/carb/avos etc - my surgeon has been very relaxed in this regard advising 'normal' diet, avoid too much salt for the lipo swelling (salt does create fluid retention), ok to have your cup of coffee or glass or two of wine. However, what I have researched says all sorts of different things, not necessarily in line with his approach. Anyway, from here for me, I will now wait bruising to fade, hopefully upper chest to soften and flatten a little, lots of the fat to stay put, and scars to heal up nice. All in all, so far I think there is definitely an improvement, but a long way to go before I decide on whether it's worth it. Will post some more pics in a few weeks when there is more difference to see.

3 weeks post today

HAve reached the 3 week mark. Breasts have gone down a lot, but still a great improvement on pre op boobs. I am really hoping they stay about this size now, as they are just right. I am still only an A cup, but I am happy with that. As I couldn't even fill an A cup prior! So definitely a one cup increase. I am aware ofcourse that it is only 3 weeks, so more absorption might happen :-(. Lipo sites are much improved, but still bit numb and restricted in areas. One concern I do have is my now rather flat looking bottom. I think surgeon has taken quite a lot from there. The skin looks a little sad and droopy compared to how it was pre op. I am hoping this will firm up as recovery completes. It wont help that I am not running like I normally do. But have been brisk walking most days. I have lost 1kg (about 2 pounds), which is neither here nor there. Still have quite a bit of bruise marks. Nipples are sensitive, but getting better. I hope in another 3 weeks all these things will have settled. Can't wait to feel like my old self again (fit, strong and active!) as feel still a bit like a feeble version of myself, but with nice little boobs. Ha. Will post pics soon.

3 weeks post op photos

Almost 3 months

Hello! Apologies to those who have been in touch and I've not replied. A quick update - all is going pretty well. Most of the spots and marks on my breasts have gone, a few scars though under the breast from insertions, plus definitely still got red marks from the lipo/donor sites. But apparently this will take about a year to go silver. My breasts are definitely an improvement on pre op - so I am very happy about that. They are still tiny, but a much nicer shape and I feel better naked. I can also create a cleavage with a bra - pre op, this was impossible. I am an A cup, which is fine. A second op one day might be an option, but certainly not in near future. It was a huge thing to do to my body. Plus, dunno where they'd get more fat now. Maybe I'll gain weight over the years and have more to harvest then. I am not overly happy with my bottom at the moment - as a result of it being lipoed. It left a somewhat flattened look post op and the lower crease/smile line goes out further than it did pre op. But I have seen a little improvement in recent weeks, so I am trying to not worry about it until 6months + post op. My advise to anyone who has similar body as mine considering this procedure is - don't let them take any fat from your lower bottom! I had no idea surgeon was going to do that. Anyway, he told me to put on some weight and it should fill out again. Although, this will also likely mean weight elsewhere too, like the tummy, which is not so great. I am back to all normal activities. Have a little numbness on outer knee on one side, which is weird, but again, am waiting for 6 months + before worrying. Size wise, my breasts are marginally smaller than the photos from 3 weeks post, but fairly similar and seem to have been the same size since about 6 weeks post op. Hopefully, this is final result now - but I guess time will tell. :-)
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How long is the recovery? When could you wear a sports bra or a bat hinge suit or anything tight?
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Hi welcome. I wore a 'genie bra' (a soft crop top type bra) for the first 5 weeks pretty much. After that I went to normal moulded cup bras, that I would usually wear. The recovery was a good 6 weeks to feel mostly normal. first 8-10 days were very sore with the lipo sites. and first few days, seriously sore!! Like hard to sit down and move properly kind of sore. Definitely recommend having support for those first few days. Now at 3 months+, totally normal except a spot of numbness around one knee (weird).
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Hi I was wondering how much of the initial size you lost after recovery? My biggest concern with this procedure is that it is more expensive than the average implants And I would like to be about 2 cup sizes larger so it could take 2 procedure.
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Yes, most likely it would take two procedures. I didn't use Brava (thank goodness - that takes some serious commitment!) and possibly you'd get more result with that. However, my surgeon didn't recommend it for me and also seems to think I have likely got a result that I would have if I'd used it. I have increased a cup size. So if I went again, might get another cup size. From the initial shots of my breasts post surgery, I have have probably lost a cup size. They were very tight and swollen in those shots and would have filled a large b cup. Now, totally soft and lovely, albeit still small. But as you can see, I was basically non existent in the breast department prior! For me, it is not about cup size, but more about the shape. The cost of even one fat transfer procedure I think is more expensive than implants, well, was for me anyway, as I was in surgery for so long. Hope that's helpful.
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I had mine done on July 2, so I'm just past the 3month mark. I "guesstimating" that im still the same size i was at the 2 month mark (hopefully) . Here are some of my stats; Had explant & fat transfer done at the same time. After 2 BAs (2nd one was to take out silicone & replace with saline) my result was a full B cup, but after the explant i was left with a Double A (concave in some areas due to previous contracture repair & textured implant adhering to my tissue & my ribs). After the birth of my son, i was a deflated A. So i was flatter now than i was before the BAs. My doc removed about 925 ccs from my lower tummy, flanks, inner, outer and front of thighs, and lower back. I was 5'5" and 118 lbs at the time of my surgery. She was able to put back 300ccs in one breast & 325cc in the other. I did not do Brava. Since i had been pregnant before & from my previous BAs (and my age (48 at the time) my skin was lax and "spacey" enough to not need the Brava. Also, she left the capsule in my after the explant so there was additional space. I would say , i went from a Double A to a small to average B. I am not completely symmetrical and would love some more upper pole & inner cleavage but for the most part, i am thrilled with my results so far. I am natural & normal looking. I understand that the majority if not all of the fat was needed to build up the main part of my breasts. I may go back to have a 2nd session to do some "detail" work on the upper pole & cleavage IF she can find any fat left on me. It seems i still having enough left but i realize the swelling from the lipo can take up to a year to subside & show the final results. If not, i may ask my doc if its possible to take some fat from some untouched areas of my body: arms, knee area & calves. I wouldnt need a lot of fat to transfer the 2nd time since it would just be cleavage & upper pole area. But, alas, time is the enemy right now, gonna have to wait & see what my final results are. .....Has anyone heard of fat grafted breasts "fluffing" up after 6mos to a year later?
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Hi Moonchild. Thanks so much for your comments/review. Was interesting to read as your height/weight/breast size all similar to mine. I am over 3 months post now. I reckon I have lost a little more since the 2 month mark. Boo! Was a double A before, now a small A - I'd be stoked if I was a B cup like you've achieved! Awesome. I do however have a much nicer shape than they were pre-op, so am thankful for that. I'd really love to have a second transfer too, to try and achieve a B cup. But also worry as to where they'd take any more fat. Maybe my inner thighs (which were not used), but I think PS are often hesitant to do this area as it has potential to get saggy after lipo. Also, the $ is the main limiting factor. THe first op was SO expensive, I don't think we can really afford another $15000 odd so I can be a B cup. Seems ridiculous. If money were no issue though.....
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How are you traveling seetie? Would love to see your update. :)
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Hiya, posted an update, but not pics. Might try and do that later, but am not that different from 21 days post at the mo. :-)
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Hey, I'm from OZ also, where did you go for the procedure?
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Looking good seetie! 370cc my goodness that is a lot. My Dr took out 1.2lt and it processed down to around 400cc, I only had 156cc one side and 180cc the other. I was done under twilight sedation, so I was awake most of the time. On surgery day my Doc said he would inject about 250cc into each side so I was a little sulky with what I got :( but nothing I can do now. Were you given any post op care procedures, like massage or not to sleep on your stomach?
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Hi Exq. No real post op care for the boobs. Was told to get walking within first day or so for the lipo sites - good for circulation and to wear soft bra/crop top (Genie style). I have avoided sleeping on my stomach, as that just makes sense not to - seeing as soft bras are supposed to be worn so not to crush anything. I asked about massage the other day, and he said not on the boobs but yes to lipo sites, in particular any lumps or bruising that is not breaking down. Really no major instructions, most info I have got is frm internet! I think perhaps as it's all still relatively new (this procedure) there are no scientifically proven actions that are recommended to help retention. I had vague ideas about trying to eat super clean and avoid alcohol post op (only something I thought about post op), but I have been enjoying my usual 2 glasses of wine 3 nights or so a week and far too much sugary stuff, which I do wonder whether that is a terrible thing to do after going through the process. But I just enjoy my vices so much! Hope your recovery is going well. :-)
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Thank you seetie, I didn't get get any specific instruction regarding looking after the fat graft either. Oh I wouldn't worry about your very small vices, worrying is probably worse for you than your vices! I might post a question for the Drs. Happy healing xxx
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Hey Seetie, I was wondering if you had any updated photos and how you're feeling. I explanted and I'm tiny like you. Thank you!
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Hiya. I will post some photos in a few hours, after my 3 are in bed. I just read your review - I didn't know what an explant was ;-) How are you now? I presume you've had it done? Are you now thinking about fat transfer? Or are you happy with your breasts as is. I must say, where my breasts have got to now is lovely, just a slight better version of my own boobs. More like the ones I had when I was breastfeeding (post feed, not engorged pre-feed look)I am trying to eat lots and not loose weight. Although am eating more ice cream and drinking more wine than I should rather than just scoffing up large on almonds, avos and salmon (have been trying that too), so hopefully not putting too much toxic sugar in my system inhibiting transferred fat taking. Ha. I am concerned about how much fat they took from bottom area, as I know this is not a great place to have lipo done. I asked surgeon about my case with buttocks being lipoed today via email and he said they had to take it from wherever they could find it - including my bottom. Apparently it will take up to 18months for the skin to firm up again and not look 'slack' like I currently feel it does. Hope this info is useful to you.
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Hope your healing is going well! Day 8 post surgery was the day I felt a lot better! I bruised a lot too, so I don't think you look bad at all. The healing process gets easier and easier. I can't wait to see your final results! Happy healing! You look great!
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Thanks for your encouragement Lola. And yes, 2 weeks today and I am feeling so much better. Still stiff in the legs/bum, but can sit down, drive car, bend down to pick up the numerous toys/clothes/children about the place etc etc, without to much restriction. Phew! Looked at your review - your results are amazing. Beautiful. So glad it was worth it for you.
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I hope all settles down over the next little while. From personal experience I 'd say don't be too alarmed. What you see now is not what you get. Wait until you are at the 3 month point. Wish you happy healing and good retention!
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Thanks Pink. Yep, retention is for sure the focus for me now. I like the size my breasts have got to now, hopefully not too much more shrinking..... but I am aware that I am only 2 weeks post op, so they might go down more yet. boo! Your results look great. It must be wonderful to feel all natural and look so great too.
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Hi Seetie, looking at this procedure too, just wondering who your surgeon was?
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Hi Mireri, am just keeping that bit confidential for now for personal reasons. Hope you understand. Sorry to not be more helpful.
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That's OK, I'll keep doing my research. I hope your end results are as you hoped for.
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It's interesting that we had surgery on almost the same day! (If not the very the same day!) I also have a lot of the fat transferred to the upper pole, which kinda gives that implant look. Not what I wanted since I used to have implants! But I think it does settle down, or at least it looks like it has in the pus my dr showed me of her other patients, so I'm sure yours will too! Isn't this time the hardest?? You want to know what the final outcome will be so bad but you just have to wait and hope for the best. I have to admit I'm very worried about how tight and constricted one of my breasts still feels/looks. Hoping they end up symmetrical! I look fwd to keeping up with you! :)
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Hi, so you are the clear-skinned one ;-) (so your pics would have it), me the bruised up one. Yes, early days, so I guess time will tell and have to be patient. I think I am through the hardest for sure, as am so much more mobile and no longer need any pain meds etc, even though far from 100%. Hopefully it all settles well for both of us for best possible outcome hey - even (ish) natural, but slightly fuller than pre-op, boobs! Remember, breasts are not twins, but sisters! I :-)
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Glad you are feeling much better and more mobile! I like what you said about breasts being sisters, not twins! I'll have to remember that! It makes me feel better! :) Thank you!
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