Surgery date was December 15, 2012. I had lipo in 6 areas, breast & brazillian butt augmentation. I initially was supposed to have a breast augmentation 4 years ago almost to the date... but on my surgury date I found out I was pregnant. Now I have a three ½ year old and I have decided to have cosmetic surgery. I am 5’3, weighed 135 lbs. Physically fit and I gained about 18lbs for the fat transfer. Once I made the decision everything else just kind of happen very quickly.
I decided to have a BBA via fat transfer with Dr. Matlock. He was able to get 570 ccs for each cheek.(I must say he is the BEST. After researching doctors in California, I came across the E TV program Dr. 90210 and he is THE BUTT Dr! Dr. Matlock has traveled to Brazil over 18 times, and performed over 7,000 BBA procedures. For my Breast Augmentation I went with Dr. Diaz, I wanted Full C’s for my body frame therefore I went with 370 cc’s silicone. (Dr. Diaz is the best too) Being that I am a single mother, and this was my first cosmetic procedure I had developed alot of anxiety. For about three weeks straight, I was trying to gain weight in a healthy manner (with moderation, I allowed myself to have fast food and carbs but I also drank Muscle Milk and Ensure Protein Drinks 2x a day). But ,I was still nervous about the thought of going under... but then became excited once I thought of finally achieving the results I’ve wanted for so long. I was nervous about going under (procedure started at 7:30 AM and ended around 12PM). It took a couple of hours to come out of anesthesia, and then I recovered at a recovery center for 2 days.
I am at the 3 week post op mark and returned to work after 2 ½ weeks post op. I am in a job where I am required to sit for 8 + hours a day, therefore I am glad that I had the procedure over the holiday break. My recovery is going well. Breasts have already started to fall and look natural. The bruising from the lipo has almost already disappeared (I took Healing supplements pre and Post Arnica and Bornica /Querin) I highly recommend this. Scaring: I have the type of skin that can scar pretty bad and possibly develop hypertrophic and keloid scars. Note that my incisions for my breast (so far are very flat), and the sutures for the lipo have already disappeared out of 8 lipo entry sites, only four are now visible and healing nicely. Note, no drains or removal of sutures were required.
Recovery: I still sleep on my sides, and my Brazilian butt augmentation is still healing. It still feels very tight. In the beginning it felt like I had two cement slabs on the top of my butt. But, I was able to walk around and shop two days post surgery. I did NOT do any heavy lifting or carry my child. Out of all of the procedures combined, the most difficult has been the areas that were aggressively lipo'd (abdomen, flanks and part of my back). There is still a tingling sensation, and those areas are itchy. I was told it is a natural process of my skin trying to re-attach to the fat, but it just feels very uncomfortable. Yesterday was my first lipo massage. It was very soothing. I highly recommend it.
I wish all of you ladies who are considering this operation the best of luck. Be sure ton do your research, and make sure you have enough fat to transfer. It is not worth it if you have less than 500 – 700 cc’s. For those of you who question if you can combine the two procedures, (breast aug and BBA), you can. But for the first few days of recovery please be sure to lay with your back propped up, and your knees to one side so you are not applying pressure to your butt. I still sleep on my hip (alternating sides), and will do this for the next two months. ? l also heard about the boppy pillow, BUT my doctor advised against it because the sides of the doughnut applies pressure to part of your butt augmentation.
Lastly, I am definitely at the 4 week convalescence stage (information provided to me by my plastic surgeon about different psychological recovery stages), where I constantly stare looking for results and get paranoid thinking I may have lessened the results from sitting down for 15 minutes, or from sitting down when driving. These stages of recovery are natural. My follow-up appointment is in a couple of weeks.
I will post pre-op and post op pictures soon. (i’m really bad at uploading pictures, hopefully this years NY resolutions will change that!) Again I hope this information helps.