Fat Transfer to Breasts w/Brava & Extra Lipo done on 4/11/13

I am 46 years old. I have wanted larger breasts...

I am 46 years old. I have wanted larger breasts since my 20's but not implants. I met a girl from real self who had a fat transfer with this doctor. Since she lived in my area, she was willing to meet and showed me her great results. I scheduled surgery today for April 11th and began the Brava today.

I just hooked up to my 3 night of Brava. This...

I just hooked up to my 3 night of Brava. This thing is uncomfortable. The morning after the first night, I saw some swelling. This morning, I was very disappointed as the Brava seemed to give no results. I tried to make sure I had a good seal with the domes tonight. I realized that my breasts go outward & so should the domes as I thought they had to be in the middle. So, I am hoping that will help. Also, the first 2 nights, I only wore it for 8 hours. Tonight, I will try to go for 10 hours from here on out.
I am having liposuction done from the flanks and the thighs. Dr. Shermak says she does not need the fat from my thighs for the transfer but I would just like to have them done. Also, I do have some available fat in my abdomen if we should need to do a 2nd transfer so we are saving that area.
I am using Brava for 6 wks pre-op and plan to do 10 wks post op if I can stand it.
I am very excited but also very nervous & just hope it goes well. I wish we had more long term updates on these blogs. I will try to be diligent about updating my story over 1 yr, 2 yrs, 3yrs out so women know what to expect as this is an emerging procedure that is becoming more popular.

I have one month to go to surgery & I am very...

I have one month to go to surgery & I am very excited!! (nervous too)
Tomorrow, I will try to post updated photos after using Brava for a week.

Continuing w/Brava. Seeing swelling. Still feeling...

Continuing w/Brava. Seeing swelling. Still feeling hopeful & a little over 3 weeks to go before surgery.

I am finding as the tackiness of the domes wears...

I am finding as the tackiness of the domes wears out a little, the Brava is less annoying to wear. Thank God! It is interesting how the Brava makes your breasts stand up (like young breasts) and fills in the upper pole giving a very nice effect.
The aloe vera and calendula are really helping reduce the red marks on my chest. They are finally almost gone.

The Brava is really starting to show some nice...

The Brava is really starting to show some nice results now. I am getting some really good swelling & fullness. I am just SO antsy for my surgery day to come. It is still 3 weeks & 2 days away & it feels like it will never be here!

Well, I was considering moving up my surgery date...

Well, I was considering moving up my surgery date b/c at this pt, I am SO antsy to get this over! But I decided to wait & 3 wks feels like an eternity!! I am seeing good results w/Brava & have been avging 14-16 hrs wear a night. My nipples look lighter pink (almost whitish color) than normal so hopefully they return to normal after surgery. The sensitivity has changed as well. They are still sensitive in a good way but maybe not as sensitive. It is harder for me to take walks now ( I walk 4 miles, 6 dys wk) b/c the girls are sore. Brava is becoming slightly more comfortable now as the stickiness on the domes lessens & my skin is mostly healed except this one spot that I have trouble with. I have been wearing Bali Revolution Bras which give light support but stretch & are flexible. I got done my mammo, physical, etc everything is done for the surgery & paid so now I just keep using Brava & WAIT til it is my day! I have only told a couple people abt the surgery, others just that I was using Brava so if they see a difference, I can just say it was Brava. I am hoping I get good results like my friend who used this doc. Her breasts look gorgeous at almots 1 yr post op. It has been a blessing having her support & Beagle Baby from this forum to walk this journey with. My husband has been great too. I got a cheap, dark colored sweatsuit, zip down in case leakage, have made healthy soups, got Mesederm scar gel & also considering getting Scarguard for the lipo sites. I am trying to decide if I will need to order the extra large domes before the surgery for the new girls. I will wait til like a week before as right now I am pretty far from the end of the large domes. I am also very concerned that due to my age (46) that the weight from the new fat, may cause sagging and my nipples to turn downward. Right now, they are up but how will all the heaviness effect with my age/gravity. I really do not want to get a breast lift (do not like those vertical scars) s we'll see. My doc encourages walks starting the first day of surgery to prevent blood clots so I am excited about that as I LOVE to walk! No weights or yoga for 3 weeks but that is fine, it will be a nice break!

Last night, I used the 'black bulb/pump' for the...

Last night, I used the 'black bulb/pump' for the 1st time. Thanks to Beagle Baby on this forum who was so kind to send it to me. I could not get it with my Brava since I did not purchase from a ps. I saw VERY good results last night. I cycled 3 times. I am really having ALOT of trouble with my domes as all of the sticky stuff is coming off so I am hoping to get my new domes SOON! I am super excited and super NERVOUS about this procedure & beginning to feel sicker every day that it gets closer! I will put an updated Brava pic on soon & prior to surgery so that you can see how girls look prior to surgery. I would say right now, I am a small C with swelling in the am. 17 days left to surgery & the countdown is ON! Just 2 work weeks left and then it is my surgery week. I will be off the entire surgery week as I have to wear Brava for 24 hours a day on Mon-Wed with surgery being on a Thurs.

I can't believe I am finally under 2 weeks til...

I can't believe I am finally under 2 weeks til surgery. I can say, 1 week and 6 days, yay! Good results from Brava last night. Will post pre-surgery pics within 24 hours of the surgery to see final Brava results. We seem to have more women joining this section on real self which is great & I hope they will be willing to update long term with posts to educate and help other women.

I touched base w/my ps in prep for surgery. She...

I touched base w/my ps in prep for surgery. She offered for me to come in again to see her since its been a while since I've been using Brava. I decided not to go in b/c we are spending time on surgery day going over our surgical plan prior to the operation. Also, I feel very confident with her based on my friend's long term results. Dr. Shermak has also been available by email whenever I have questions. She promptly answers all of your questions so that you are comfortable. I had considered maybe not doing the extra lipo to the legs & the cost would then only be 5000 not 7800 but I really want to get my legs done. One thing that has been difficult is that I have been losing weight since I signed up for surgery. Not alot but I want to make sure I don't lose too much pre-surgery and I also do not want for that to effect the Brava results. I will post pics as soon as I am able after surgery.

10 days til surgery & so excited!! So far, I...

10 days til surgery & so excited!! So far, I am feeling strangely calm. I was nervous a couple of weeks ago. Brava is going great but I am concerned about using the pump based on Jenna's comment. So, we'll see.

Super excited and calm SO FAR. New pics w/Brava to...

Super excited and calm SO FAR. New pics w/Brava to come within a few days of surgery. We are having ALOT of new ladies joining our fat transfer forum, so cool! More women are getting this procedure & sharing, WE ROCK fat transfer chicks!!! LOL

I can't believe I am finally a week away from...

I can't believe I am finally a week away from surgery. It's crazy! I am the first surgery at 8:30am. My friend shared there is a CD called Successful Surgery that helps you relax & have a speedy recovery. I may consider getting it, not sure. Tomorrow is my last day of work before surgery so that I can wear Brava as much as possible for the 5 days prior to surgery. So exciting!

Okay so Jenna has brought to light a possible area...

Okay so Jenna has brought to light a possible area of concern. So, I contacted my doc. I spoke w/her via telephone. She says she has not heard of this and she is actually speaking next Fri-Sun at a conference for plastic surgeons on Brava & Fat transfer. I also called Khouri's office and they said they have not heard of it either. I called Dr. Tantillo's office who says it is true and they are not using Brava for now but are still doing fat transfers to the breast without Brava. The info they gave me was different & it was just that Brava did not have enough cases to prove that it was increasing the amount of fat retained, this is what they said at Tantillos. They said it was safe. It all seems very strange. My PS is still going ahead with my surgery as she has not heard this. This has caused me significant anxiety in worrying that my surgery would be cancelled after wearing Brava for the last 5 weeks. So, lets just put this to rest for now.

Brava tip for irritated skin is calendula cream is...

Brava tip for irritated skin is calendula cream is working very, very well. I am excited to post my updated Brava pics this weekend. Tonight was my last day of work prior to surgery so that I can wear Brava intensely.

I am done working now until 5/1 so just trying to...

I am done working now until 5/1 so just trying to use Brava as much as possible. The weather in Maryland is looking promising as we have high 60's and 70's coming which will be nice after surgery b/c Dr. Shermak wants me to get outside and walk for 15-20 mins on the surgery day. She wants me to walk every day to prevent blood clots. I am not allowed to lift weights or do yoga for 3 weeks but I will be walking ( I hope anyway!). LOL

Brava Update I called Dr. Louton's office &...

Brava Update
I called Dr. Louton's office & spoke for a long time to them. They told me that the FDA just wants Brava to do further studies and that Brava is no longer selling the devices so they are just doing fat transfer to the breasts without Brava for now. So, I called Brava and they are DENYING what Dr. Louton's office said. They said they are still selling Brava and that I could purchase one right then. They also claim they are still selling them to ps. So, I say that there is NOT consistent info out there. Someone is either not telling the truth or not knowledgeable...it is VERY SAD!! The Brava Drama really is CRAZY!!!

Last weekend before surgery...Happy Friday to all!

Last weekend before surgery...Happy Friday to all!

New pics using Brava for 24 hours straight with...

New pics using Brava for 24 hours straight with just an added pump or two here and there. Not full cycling..trying to save skin.

Well girls, I have 3 days to go & I feel like...

Well girls, I have 3 days to go & I feel like I am going to VOMIT! Ugh, it is close now & feels scary now that the weekend is closing & I know Mon-Wed that I will be tied to the house wearing Brava for the next 72 hours prior to surgery.

I can't believe that I am 2 days away!! What a...

I can't believe that I am 2 days away!!
What a great way to spend the Spring..sitting around in the "Digger Domes" while I try to make Turkey Kale soup for recovery, LOL! I am trying to keep my spirits up as I am strapped to the house! :-)

Tomorrow (Wed) is my last day in 'this body'....

Tomorrow (Wed) is my last day in 'this body'. Thurs morning, is the day! I am feeling nausea. I am trying not to let the anxious thoughts take over so it is presenting physically! The weather is so hot here that I had to escape Brava & go out & get a short sleeved button down shirt for surgery. Whoo! Almost 48 hrs of the 72 hours of Brava is done.

I can't believe it is 9 days post op already. As...

I can't believe it is 9 days post op already. As you all know, I have been very sick with severe anemia. I am doing better and will have my hemoglobin/CBC retested on Tuesday. I have been taking in tons of iron to get those red blood cells producing again. I am feeling hopeful that I will be fully recovered soon. Here are some pics finally! I gave the procedure a "worth it" rating for now (can always change later) because if anything the lipo results look excellent. I love the breasts as well and the swelling is starting to go down. Still a small amount of yellow bruising. You can also see a little redness under one breast as the doc removed a mole for me. The only thing that I am slightly disappointed in with the breasts is that the one breast still goes straight across at the bottom/ it is not as rounded along the bottom as the other. I did ask the doc if she could fix this so I am not sure if the shape could not be molded/curved or what. I have another post op visit this Wed so I will ask then. I had my stitches out at my visit last week and the marks are few and very tiny which I am thrilled about. I am still bruised in shades of purple, green & yellow. I guess that is normal for 9 days out? There is still some tenderness/soreness and some spasms in one leg at night occasionally. I also feel an occasional pain in the breasts for a second but the doc says this is normal. Since I am feeling better, I am considering beginning wearing the Brava again tonight at bed time for a few weeks. But, I don't know if it is too late to get the blood flow going to the breasts now since I stopped wearing it for 5 days. What do you guys think? I also saw that Purple Lake did not wear Brava at all post surgery and has maintained good results 4 mths post op. I guess it would not hurt to try it for a few weeks just at bedtime. Although, it will be strange going back to it. I am wondering since I had such a large transfer if all will work out. Although, then again, I see that Purple Lake had even more cc's put in then I did and she has had great results and no problems. What do you guys think? Enjoy the weekend!

So, I can't believe that I am 2 weeks post surgery...

So, I can't believe that I am 2 weeks post surgery already! The breasts are starting to deflate a little as expected. I will post new pics at the one month mark (in 2 more weeks). I would say they are a full C right now. The lipo results still look fantastic and the marks are tiny and few. Great news, I am feeling SO MUCH better!!! I already got my blood test results back and I raised my hemoglobin levels 2 points in 1 week! I have followed a strict regimen to get maximum iron absorption. I am still anemic but only have 1.2 points to get out of the "anemic category" and 3 points to get back to where I was. I only wore Brava one day and it seemed to give me such a bad rash and blisters so I discontinued it again so who knows how the lack of wearing it post op will effect my results. How is everyone else?

Well, I really may have overdone it today. I was...

Well, I really may have overdone it today. I was feeling so much better that I walked my normal 4 miles (after only 2 weeks since surgery). Now, that I am sitting, I feel sore! In addition to that, I shopped for 3 hours at Kohls. I wanted some additional compression type garments so I don't just have the one from the doctor. Kohls now sells Spanx much cheaper than Spanx. The leggings were $26 not $80 like on their site. I got two pairs of the high rise leggings b/c I need the compression on my back/flanks. I also got a waist/back shaper to wear over the leggings for addl compression. The only thing that stinks (although I am sure none of you are going to cry for me here) is that the smallest size that Spanx makes is a 1 and I really need a smaller size for more compression. Same with the waist shaper, I really need an XS and they don't make it, poo! So, I am getting some compression anyway. I ended up getting some yoga/athletic pants in an xs and they are pretty tight so that should be good. Ended up getting a load more of things..turned into a real shopping spree. I also got 2 more Bali Comfort Revolution Bras that look like tank bras with a swirly design. They are sooo cute & fit so good. Got a 36 C but I seem to be spilling over in it. I tried on a couple of cute dresses but my boobs looked too big so I did not buy them. My boobs scared me as I am not used to seeing them protruding thru a dress, LOL! Then, the funniest of all, another woman was complaining to me that she could not find any bras b/c she had 'nothing up top" and I would not understand since I 'had boobs'. So, of course, I had to tell her my 'boob story' and directed her to real self. Another lady overheard & needless to say I made alot of friends today who are happy to get rid of their thighs and get some boobs, LOL!!!

Feeling great. Went into surgery weighing around...

Feeling great. Went into surgery weighing around 128, came out around 125. This am, weighed 124. Following an awesome eating plan to enhance the figure post lipo developed w/a trainer. I will share it in case anyone can use some of it for ideas. My energy is soaring since starting it & it creates a lean body.
** Drink 4 liters ( 1 gallon) of water per day & exercise min of 45 mins cardio/weights every other day. Space mini meals 2-3 hours apart (do not eat more at each meal-will gain fat)
Meal 1- 1 egg & egg whites w/ fruit or 1 dry grain toast or Kashi Very Berry cereal w/milk (1 cup)
Meal 2- smoothie made in blender, 6-8 oz coconut water, big handful of spinach, 1 scoop Raw Protein by Garden of Life (ordered on line from Amazon- see ingredients-so good for you), 1/4 cup frozen cherries, 1/4 cup frozen pineapples, 1/4 cup mixed berries and 3 tbs of 0% plain greek yogurt, blend, yum, your energy will soar after this!
Meal 3- 4 oz lean protein, 3 oz healthy carb (grain bread-1 piece, 1/2 cup quinoa or brown rice, or 1/4 cup diced yam) and side leafy salad & 1 oz dark chocolate
Meal 4- think thin protein bar or cottage cheese and fruit, or 1oz cheese w/6 healthy crackers or 3 tbs hummus dipped in celery & 6 almonds, or tbs pb spread on celery sticks
Meal 5- dinner- 1 cup healthy soup, 6 oz protein, (protein can be lean meat or vegetarian like a veggie burger, etc) and 2 cups leafy green veggies steamed
meal 6- something small pre bed, a 1/2 cup frozen greek yogurt, egg whites scrambled, small flavored yogurt, tbs almond butter & little protein
Hope maybe this meal plan may help out..you will really feel great!

I am 3 weeks post op. Still very, very happy with...

I am 3 weeks post op. Still very, very happy with my results. I will post new pics at the 1 month mark (in 1 week). I will include a full body photo so that you can see my improved contours of my entire physique. I still continue to shrink as I put on a pair of my pre-surgery size 4 jeans today and they fell down. The only place that I still feel a tiny bit sore is on my back where I have an entry site for lipo. This area will swell a little if I have the garment off. Otherwise, I am now exercising alot. Got my hair done and feeling good! Both breasts and body look very nice and I just hope it continues! I am almost afraid to get to excited!!!

Today is my 1 month anniversary since my fat...

Today is my 1 month anniversary since my fat transfer! Boy, am I happy to not be back to that evening 1 month ago, LOL! So, this weekend, I will post pictures with lipo site close ups and all! I have been shopping like crazy as my 1 month anniversary gift to myself. I had to consign my ENTIRE wardrobe at a local shop b/c I was a size 4 and now I am a 0 (zero)! I also got sized at VS & I am a 34 C. Got some nice sexy bras. Now here is the strangest thing of all, I am sitting on the sofa after dinner tonight with kind of a tight t-shirt on and my husband comes up and rubs him self all over my boobs (like a cat rubs themself on you!) and rolls around on them admiring them with his big eyes, LOL!!! Sorry if this is TMI, very sorry. But, he just seems fascinated by them, LOL. He tells me that I looked great before the surgery and now but hmmm...I don't remember this "cat like" behavior pre surgery!!! LOL Okay, pics to come on the weekend!

Here are pics at 1 mth . You can see a pic of...

Here are pics at 1 mth . You can see a pic of what the lipo mark looks like at one month. Although, I understand that they will continue to fade. They are all hidden within the bathing suit line so that no one will ever see them. I pulled the skin apart so you can see a close up of my biggest lipo mark. I did not have my waist, inner thighs, inner knees or stomach done with lipo. I am hoping any future fat does not land in those sites. I did have my outer thighs, back thighs, flanks down to the butt and hips done with lipo. I hope these photos help.

2 more shots in my summer bathing suit this way...

2 more shots in my summer bathing suit this way you can see a full body leg/hip shot where I had lipo and side shot & I got a pic of my dog's water bowl, fun! LOL

Have 1 pic posted at 1 month out in blue bathing...

Have 1 pic posted at 1 month out in blue bathing suit. Deleted some as I am getting a bad angle since hubby is so tall. So working on putting new pics up soon!
Everybody have a great week, Happy Monday!

5 wks out

Today is 5 wks out. Extremely happy with results. Breasts are the same, retaining fat. Lipo looks great. My friend that used my doctor is also willing to sell her Brava now if anyone needs it for a reasonable price.

7 wks post op

Breasts still look good. Size C cup. Lipo sites look good. I can finally run and not feel sore. Overall, I do not feel much soreness or anything except a tiny bit of itching at this point. I am still very glad I did this procedure. The hardest thing for me to get used to is my hips. They seem so small compared to how they used to be. It is a little strange but everyone else says they look great!

2 mth update

So, crazy as it sounds..I am 2 mths out! Wow, does time fly. Interestingly, over the last couple of days, I have been eating like an oinker, LOL! So, I gained a few lbs & it is interesting to see where they have landed! The pounds have gone to my lower abs ( as I suspected they would since not lipoed) AND my boobs. The boobs look great but I do NOT want a pouch in my lower abs SO it is back to losing those 3lbs pronto!! I can honestly say that at 2 months out, I am SO HAPPY, SO HAPPY that I did this procedure. I LOVE how I look with clothes and without clothes. I am thrilled & so is my husband!! What a nice mid life gift to myself truly. I can do EVERYTHING that I used to do with ZERO soreness. I am running, walking, yoga & lifting my original amount of weight. My boobs are still a C cup & look even & pretty. My lipo areas are healing very nicely with marks getting smaller, still a little red as I forget to put on my scargel everyday and I think they will stay red for a bit longer per my friends who have had lipo. At this point, I think this procedure is a gift to the times..I would have LOVED to have this done in my 20's & 30's when I wanted larger breasts then. The women of today are SO LUCKY that they have this as an option now. I will keep you all posted if I get these 3 lbs off and my abs go back flat. I think they will. I also have IBS and I may have bloating from a food that I ate which can really irritate my stomach. I have to be very careful. To all of you, I toast to you wellness in your recoveries, good luck to those considering this & enjoy your new physiques!! Amelia

New Pics at 9 Weeks Post Op of Breasts & Lipo Sites

Here are some new pics at 9 weeks out. My breasts appear smaller, however, they are still fully filling out the VS 34 C cup bras. I think it may be that they have dropped down now & due to age look smaller when hanging. They are not as full but I still love them & I am happy with the size. I hope they stay this size. I did notice a little reduction of fullness in week 6 & 7 but are still a C. With the fat transfer, they are definitely wider than with implants which have more projection. You can see a full body shot of my legs & hips which were lipoed. My abs were NOT lipoed. I weigh 123 right now. Lost a couple of lbs back but I also have had food poisoning for 3 days so my belly is very swollen. The front of my legs look good. The backs are not perfect but they never were as I have always had cellulite. You can not see the lipo marks in the thong as they are in the panty line which is nice. They have healed beautifully. I may not keep these photos up since all of my furniture is in the pictures but since I've been sick, I just took some quick photos since it has been a while. Also, several women have emailed me about surgery with my doctor and have said that they have been quoted much higher prices. It seems to be around $9000 now for what I had done. So, please do not be upset if you call expecting $7800. Also, feel free to pm me for any specific questions. I no longer have my pre surgery body shots posted but for those of you that remember them, there is quite a significant difference. I am happy with the improvement although it is not perfection. I will be turning 47 soon so I will be happy with improvement.

10 weeks post op update

Interesting as someone here said their breasts seem smaller between weeks 7-9 and then got bigger/fuller. I think it was projectalice. It seemed strange to me & I did not think that could happen. However, I feel like I am experiencing the same thing. I think Beagle Baby also said hers became fuller again. Now, I did just gain another 3-4 lbs again & I am up to 126-127 so that could also have something to do w/it. It is so interesting to me that my weight gain seems to only be going to 2 places which are my breasts & my abs(big time). Luckily, when I get back down to around 123 the abs seem to get better. My measurements are still the same 36C-26-36. But, the breasts look full & beautiful. I am very happy w/a C cup b/c I do not want my boobs too big with people staring at them, just in proportion to my frame. I have been up since 4am today, I've lost my marbles! LOL

3 month post op update

I can't believe today is 3 months since surgery on 4/11/13. I am not bothering posting any photos b/c nothing has changed. I look the same. My weight has gone as low as 122 and as high as 130. I am back at 125 since I am home from vacation. My breasts remain the same, a 34 C cup, full and beautiful. My body gets fuller when I gain weight. It is interesting to see the weight distribution. I would still highly recommend this procedure for anyone who asked me about it. I will update again at the 4 months post op mark. Have a good night my fellow FT ladies!

6 month update w/pics, fat transfer to breasts

I can't believe yesterday was my 6 mth post op anniversary. I have gained weight from eating bad. My dog died & from feeling sad, I have eaten a ton of sugar! I feel most of it has landed in my stomach & waist & back of legs & butt. I originally took photos in a bathing suit but had to delete them b/c of the rolls on my stomach, yuck! I now weigh 128 which is about what I weighed pre surgery except the fat that used to be on my outer thighs & hips is now in my gut. It looks gross although you can not see it in the photos that I posted. I also posted a pre surgery photo of my full body b/c I had deleted my pre photos. This photo is exactly 3 days before my surgery in the blue polka dot pajamas. You can really see the fullness in my hips and thighs. So, I am looking for some feedback. I was considering having ab/waist lipo done with a small transfer to the hips to round them out just a little and any leftover fat to transfer to the breasts. What do you guys think? I could also just do ultrasonic cavitation to the abs & waist to reduce them down a little and keep the breasts as they are. If my waist were a little smaller, it might make my hips appear a little larger. My measurements are 34 C (36 around the breasts) so 36, 26, 36 sometimes 36, 27, 36 after I eat which then makes me look even straighter. Sometimes around my abs it can measure 32-33 which makes me look straight in comparison to having 36 in hips. Overall, it is still a thumbs up vote as I am very happy with the breast improvement and body overall. Another consideration is just to try to lose 5 lbs and get down to 123 or so and see how that effects my waist and abs. But, who knows where the 5 lbs would come off of? Any feedback is appreciated. Hope all of the fat transfer people are happy overall.

7 month update

Hi all. Interesting news that I think I am getting a little curve back to my hips and my hips appear to be growing. They are 37 inches now, not 36. Which, I am thrilled about. They could still be a little curvier but with 50 not far around the corner, gravity may help out, LOL! Right now, I weigh 128 which is exactly what I weighed on surgery day but interestingly I look completely different as you have seen from my latest photos. I will update more pics to show how in the last couple of weeks that my hips are filling in a little. I still feel I am getting the fat in my stomach (upper and lower-never had it in upper stomach before) and it seems like my waist is a tiny bit bigger...on some days measuring 26.5 not 26 which does not thrill me. Boobs still seem to be a 34 C, fully filling out the bras like a glove. Maybe it takes time to get used to your new body. I am still getting used to it. It feels a bit shocking even after 7 months. I just ran into my friend this morning who told me, "Oh my God, you look so thin". Funny- no one ever told me that I look thin at 5'5 and 128 before due to all the fat on my thighs and hips. I think when your hips & legs are smaller that it can give an illusion that you are thinner then you are. Just my hypothesis. I look frwd to all of the ladies updates, esp those we have not heard from in a while and any newbies.

Mammogram Update at 8 mths post op

So ladies, about a month ago, my gyn found a couple of small lumps that I did not feel and wrote a script for a diagnostic ultrasound. Just got back. I have many oil cysts from the fat transfer. I can not see them or feel them but they are there. No worries as they are benign but it was good to establish a baseline pre and post surgery so that any future mammograms show what my new breasts look like inside and there are no cancer concerns!

9 month update

At 9 months, I am still happy overall that I did this. Not much has changed as far as my measurements which are still 36,26, 37 (hips went from 36 to 37 in last few months & it may be b/c my butt is larger). I am noticing my weight is staying mostly around 128 which was my exact weight going into surgery. Post surgery, I got as low as 122. I carry a good amount of fat in my stomach at 128. My only complaint is that the backs of my legs are not the best lipo results. It looks like the skin is a bit loose, maybe oversuctioned a little. My doctor just emailed me. So, I do not know if I would want to do anything about this. Since, overall, I am happy but it is not perfect.
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Your breasts look awesome! They look very natural, nice upper pole fullness, round shape, and best of all NO implants!
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Amelia Girl - hope you are doing well. I wanted to ask how your activity level is going. My doctor told me I could not run, have sex or do anything vigorous for another month. I have been doing the elliptical, walking and lots of leg exercises. I am extremely anxious get back to running. Even if the doctor said I could run I wouldn't because my legs are still very tender. Any impact beyond basic walking is uncomfortable. I'm at 7 weeks and I've been comparing my progress to yours.
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Hey Oh Boy, I think I could do everything around 2-3 months? But, I am not sure as we forget as time goes on..you'd have to look in my blog. I remember writing about it b/c I was so happy that I could do everything. I am good & I can do all activities w/no problem. You will be able to do everything soon. Hang in there! That is interesting about the sex..wonder why you have to wait another month? How is everything progressing? How are you looking and feeling? I am sure you will be pleased once the next month passes..you'll be all set for the Spring & Summer..perfect timing!
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Hi Amelia, how are you doing?
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Hey Pink, just sent you a pm. I am doing "ok" considering it is the holiday season, dark early, etc.. I am having a huge increase in calls ( I am a therapist) due to the holidays. I have had jury duty all week, they just let us out early today. How are you doing & feeling? How is the new body looking? You are not going to let all of the xmas cookies effect your new figure, are you? LOL Unfortunately, I think I have!! I need to get it in line for sure.
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Hi Amelia, just read your response about the mammogram issue. I have done thermography rather than mammograms because I was concerned that whilst I had implants, the pressure would compromise the implants. Now that I have had the fat transfer, I don't want to compromise the "new" boobs either as the new fat cells are still fragile. Thermography is a no touch screening method. I did it on an annual basis whilst I lived in Canada, it is also available here in SA. By the way, I did post lipo pics.
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Yes, I have heard of thermography. It is very costly here & not covered by insurance. I actually have a radiology appt for the breasts on 12/9. I am getting a diagnostic ultrasound b/c my gyno found 1 small lump last week. I can't feel it. I am sure it is from the fat transfer as I just had a clear mammo in April pre surgery. So, the good news is with the ultrasound, they just gently rub the wand over you. I will not let them do the compression mammo while there. Now, as far as next year and on...maybe I will consider the thermography in a year when it is time again since I agree that I am not keen on the smashing of the boobs nor the radiation that you get from them which can cause cancer in & of itself. I have not looked at your lipo pics yet..I will have to do so!! How are you feeling? How is your day? The sun is coming up here now & the sky is so beautiful this morning. Have a good one!
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True, it is costly, in Canada it was not covered either. I just wanted to stay well away from a machine that was trying to squeeze my boobs into pancakes. But if you can get an ultra sound, that's perfect. I'm doing ok, the bruising is starting to fade a bit but the lipo areas are still sore to touch. Summer is here and today was a gorgeous day here as well! Hope you are having a great day there as well
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Makes sense! Enjoy the day
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and yes with different fat distribution people do think that u look thinnner! my mother isnt pear shaped like me and she is almost my height 5'10 am 5'11 and people always tell me omg ur mom looks so thin !! and my mom weighs waaay more than I do! she is actually 30 pounds heavier!!!! but its mostly on her upper body and much more well distributed than on me, also she has a naturally bigger bone frame, so u see actually less fat than when I put on that kinda weight. I weigh 140 lbs and I am 5'11 and no1 thinks am thin, every1 thinks am just right! they sometimes say that its okay for me to loose a couple more pounds even! mom is 170 lbs at 5'10 and people wonder how a woman of 52 yrs of age and five kids is so thin! lol. Mom works out and has wears a 38 D while I am a 34b and we both have 40 in hips
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Also since she is quite large breasts she does not understand my obsession with getting larger breasts and having smaller hips and thinks am exaggerating and I should just be happy with what God gave me instead! It's quite frustrating for me .
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Good morning Rockstar, (or evening where you are) I can understand why that would be frustrating for you.  Your Mom does have really large breasts b/c a 38D would be a 34E, which is alot different than a 34B, as we both know.  Interesting that you have 40 inch hips, I did not know that.  Your weight is actually underweight but I see what your saying when all of the weight is in the lower half in the pear shape.  Are you still interviewing doctors for the procedure?  I am still considering what to do w/the extra fat in my waist and stomach.  I don't want to undergo surgery again but I also don't want to "give away" my extra fat quite yet since I could potentially use it to fix the little area on my 1 hip/leg that needs a little fat reinjected & maybe any leftover to the breasts.  I know your advice was not to do it.  But, I don't seem to be having any luck losing weight so I am getting frustrated.  I hate the stomach pooch and I'd really love my waist to be 24 in.  I have this upper stomach pooch now as well.  You do have a beautiful figure but you have to do what you feel you will be happiest with in the end.  It is winter weather here now and dark early and that makes me eat more & be lazy so the chances of losing weight now are not great.  How is your weather there?
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LOL actually I used the converter again now just to check, and my hips are actually 41in lol I measure 105 cm around the hips. and thats after 21 sessions of cavitation. I used to be 120 cm and went down to 105 cm. well if you are gonna consider fat transfer to hips then u shouldnt get rid of ur abdominal fat just yet. Also cavitation destroys the fat cells so if u need them later they wont be there just like lipo, but teh effect is more subtle and takes longer to show. The weather here is great actually its like summer when I was in the UK. the sun isnt too strong and there is nice soft wind and its not cold yet not hot :) and yes I know am quite slim ! lol I wouldnt say underweight cuz my muscles and fat % are within normal levels. yes I actually went to a few and didnt feel comfortable enough, I am still gonna go to that last one tho, the one with good results, I have seen two of his patients and so far amazing results :D when do u think u would be able to do fat transfer to hips ?? I cant really choose between just lipo or saving up for lipo with Fat transfer . Also I think if this pooch is bothering u that much that u should wait and just do fat transfer to hips and wahetver left over in teh breasts, even though I think u look liek perfection! :D
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Yep, I will keep thinking on it & you keep thinking on it as well.  Let's agree to hold onto our fat a little longer to decide if we want to put it to good use! LOL
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Good idea :D
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hi, you look great. i've considered lipo on my thighs and upper arms but i'm a bit scared. the idea of fat transfer to breasts also attracted me but then i heard it makes it hard to test for cancer? did your doctor mention anything about that?
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I can totally understand why you are scared about the lipo.  I was terrified as well.  I spoke to my radiologist personally about the mammograms since I am 47.  She explained that it used to be difficult to distinguish between cancer and fat transfers to the breast but it is not any longer with the new technology.  Cancer looks different than fat in the breast and she said she will easily be able to distinguish.  I also had a baseline before the procedure and will have my next mammo soon so they have the differences on record.  I HIGHLY recommend this procedure.  Even though I have had some imperfections with the lipo, I am very happy overall and would do it again in a minute.  Keep us posted if you decide to do it, have questions, etc & good luck!!
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Hi Amelia, Thanks for your story, very encouraging. I also think your hips look fine! I also think that the lipo results on your thighs are great, I looked at yr before pic in the pyama's and then your after bikini shot! I'm hoping to have as good results as you do. Very sorry about your dog, I lost mine last summer after having her for 17 years so know exactly what it feels like. I had implants out, lift and minor fat grafting 7 months ago, going in for major lipo and more fat grafting on wednesday. Your story has been very encouraging whilst I have last minute jitters.....
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Hi Pink, Thank you.  Who is your doctor?  Where do you live?  How does it feel having your implants out?  How many capsular contractures did you have & after how long with implants?  I will say a prayer for you that your procedure goes well on Wed.  I know it is hard on the last weekend before the procedure b/c that is sometimes all you can think about.  How did your lipo turn out the first time?  I know it is hard to tell from my pics but believe me that my hips are very straight and my legs have alot of dents/track marks in them from the lipo when looked at up close.  I just wish she would have kept my hips more rounded like a C curve vs. straight down like I asked her too.  It is also discouraging that all of my weight gain seems to be in my stomach which you can not see the extent of it from the pics either.  I wish you the best of luck and I am sure it will turn out just beautiful.  If you want, please post your pics and your story.
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Hi Pink, How did your procedure go? Amelia    
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Hi Amelia, it went well, I just posted an update on my review. I had implants for 17 yrs, then had them replaced 13 yrs ago because of age. Then developed capsular contracture. ( there are pics on my review) so then had implants our and capsular contracture removed and a lift and fat graft done all at the same time 8 months ago. But the lipo was very light and the boobs very small. So now I've had way more lipo done ( I have always had big hips and thighs) and he has now put in 150 ml per breast. I did post pics today Still groggy from the pain meds. Thanks so much for your encouragement and interest. I'll post again in a few days time to show lipo sections
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Ps. Forgot to answer one of yr questions; I'm in Cape Town South Africa
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Oh, I have not seen your review Pink, I will have to look for it.  Glad it went well!  Congratulations!!!  Hope you feel better soon!  Sorry for what you went through with implants.  It seems like a lot of women get capsular contracture.  Two women at my gym have implants that I know and BOTH have had capsular contracture.  I am excited for you.  Yes, showing pics of the lipo is greatly appreciated and keeping us posted over the years with updates is also important and valuable in this new procedure.  Thanks so much Sweetie & get some rest!
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Wow, this site is awesome for getting to know everyone around the world.  Welcome Cape Town, South Africa!
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I wish I can click the "like"button on this comment :D
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