37 Year Old, 2 Children, Fat Transfer with Slim Figure to Breasts - Charlotte, NC

I have been following your stories for about a...

I have been following your stories for about a month now and decided I should blog my story to hopefully help others like you all have helped me. I am a mother of 2 and like many of you, just wasn't happy with my deflated 34B cup. I am now 3 days post op of fat transfer to my breast so I will try to update as I can on my results. Everything with this experience has gone great so far. I can't wait to see my final results but am still only 3 days post op. ( I feel my "not sure" will definitely be a "Yes", it was worth it.)
I originally contacted his office to set up a consultation via Skype the first of January because I am located in Texas. After reading such excellent reviews about his work, I felt confident I had found the "one" I wanted to do my surgery.

6 days post op

I'm still feeling very sore - since I am slim, Dr. Bednar took fat cells from ALL over (back, abdomen, flank, thighs, etc...) He injected 525 cc in each side which was great considering I didn't have a lot of extra fat in any one place. I was under general anesthesia for about 3 1/2 - 4 hours - this procedure takes a lot of time so you need to consider that when finding a PS. They have to have the patience to do a good job the entire procedure. I flew out of Texas on Tuesday to Charlotte, had my pre-op procedure on Tuesday afternoon and then had my procedure Wednesday morning at 8 am. My mom traveled with me so I was happy to have some help. Even after eating snacks, taking Zofran (anti-nausea) meds, and Phenergan suppositories, I still threw up twice Wednesday afternoon/early evening. I think the anesthesia just doesn't go well with some individuals. The lipo part is no joke - that is where I am still having pain from. My breasts are sore but nothing too bothersome. I traveled Saturday back to Texas but got wheelchair assistance at the airport which helped a ton!! I drove my son to school for the first time today and did fine. My children are 4 and 6 so they are not entirely dependent on me which helps my recovery. I am able to move around and get them what they want and still take care of them, but don't have to carry them around, etc... I feel you would definitely need help if your children were any younger.

10 day Post op

I'm feeling better as each day goes by. I think it began on the 8th day where I didn't wake up and wonder what I had done to myself. My breasts and back of my legs are still bruised but I think that can take a few weeks to get better. It is still tough to get in and out of a vehicle but I have noticed I feel better the more I move around. After I have been inactive for awhile (at night in bed or sitting on the couch during day), I feel stiff until I start to move around. Just like others have explained, it feels like your muscles are very sore from an intense work out.

10 day post op

18th day Post Op

Yea! My recovery is progressing well! I can tell my breasts have dropped to a more natural position. My lipo areas are getting less sore every day but are still numb like. It really feels weird when I try to shave those areas on my legs. I'm still wearing the compression garment - I will be happy when I can get rid of it! My bruising is getting better as each day goes by - I still have slight bruising on my legs and boobs. I tried on some of my old bathing suits today and it was SO FUN!!

24 days Post op

I can't believe it's getting close to a month since surgery. I'm still very numb on my legs and back - It feels so weird. I can tell my swelling has gone done so I'm starting to get a better idea of what my lipo areas might look like in the end. Most of my scabs are falling off but the lipo areas are still red. I haven't noticed any loose skin but not sure if that is something you notice from the beginning or over time?? Still wearing a sports bra the majority of the time because that is still the most comfortable and I don't want to go out and purchase a lot of bras and then lose some of the fat and need new sizes. I measured last night and am 31 right under the breast and 38 1/2 around the nipple. I don't want to be obsessive about the tape measure like some girls but wanted to have at least an idea with where I was somewhat at the beginning.

32 days post surgery

I was able to take my compression garment off at 4 weeks. I thought I was going to be so relieved and I am. But, at first, it feels really weird without it. The very first night without it was tough - I itched all over. It felt like something deeper down than just my skin was itching. Its hard to explain but I felt like I was going to go crazy for about 30 minutes. Ha! After that first night, I've done well without it. I can tell my breasts have gone down some more. I'll try to take some pictures soon of my lipo areas - they are looking good as far as I can tell. I don't have any major loose skin - I am just hoping my little lipo marks continue to fade quickly. All and all - everything is going good so far.

6 weeks post surger

I can't believe its been a little over 6 weeks since surgery. I've started drinking caffeine again occasionally but am still avoiding alcohol. My size still is holding up. I've been very pleased with the amount of fat I've retained thus far. The pic shows me in a 34D bra which is actually a little tight. I think a DD would be a better fit for now but I am still not that far out from surgery so I suspect it will go down further. My lipo areas on my back and legs are still numb - I suspect that might take awhile to come back. You can see from the pictures my lipo marks are still visible. I think they will continue to fade - it will just take some time!! Still very happy with the procedure!!

6 weeks post pics

6 week post

12 weeks post op

Sorry I haven't updated sooner. I can't believe tomorrow I will be 12 weeks post op. My breast size has definitely gone down since my last post. At about 24 days post op, I measured 38 1/2 across the nipple and am now measuring 37. As long as I don't lose anymore, I will be happy. My lipo marks are still visible - I am still hoping for them to fade. Sooner than later would be better since we are approaching swim suit season. My feeling in my lower back and legs is getting better but I still have some numbness.
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Dr. Bednar (as well as his staff and nurses) are all exceptional - personable, professional, and caring. Dr. Bednar's eye for the artistry of your body is very obvious - it just comes natural for him. I highly recommend visiting him for a consultation - his work is exceptional!

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Hey Stagecoach! How are you doing? Have you had any more shrinkage in your breasts? How about your lipo marks.. Have they faded any? I'm scheduled for surgery with Dr. Bednar July 22nd and I'm starting to get very anxious. Please update! :)
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You look very good! Congrtas! Are you still the same size? Can you update please?
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Hi! Just checking in for an update. I'm really curious about how you're doing since you you had your procedure two months before me! Hope all is well!
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Hi Stagecoach. You've passed your 4-month milestone! How are you feeling? Has the size stayed the same since your last update? Any lumps in your breasts?
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Oh good Idea! Thank you. I'm not sure how I do that. I'll try and work it out
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great results..
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Ok ladies! I'm on my way to an appt with Dr Khouri today. Excited to meet him and hear all he has to say about moving forward with the procedure for me. I am still in two minds about going with regular implants as I've done before or the fat transfer. Has anyone had a negative experience with the fat transfer breast augmentation? My two biggest concerns are the recovery and the fat disappearing over a short period of time. Actually also concerned with any scarring or weird bumps and dimples from the lipo. Ok. Love to all. Please chime in ladies.!
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Challissuzie, why don't you start a new review/question page? You will get more answers that way and the discussion will be more focused on your questions.... This page is supposed to be mainly on stagecoach's review :)
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did you use the brava bra at any stage?
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No.
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wow!! thats fantastic. your results are amazing. I have an appt with Dr Khouri in miami in a week for a consult. I think he will suggest wearing the brava bra for 3 weeks prior to surgery. I have had implants before but they were removed almost 2 years ago. I would be thrilled if this can work for me. I don't have a ton of body fat either, so Im concerned if Im a candidate. thanks for your amazing, super informative posts.
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I just did this with Dr Khouri. You will definitely have to wear the Brava. I am 4 weeks post-op now. So not necessarily at the final result. I started off as a deflated B now I am still a full C. I asked him about the fat loss and he told me it is different for each person: some will loose the fat that "didn't make it" right away, for others fat loss is gradual. Even if you don't have a lot of fat in one area he will take a thin layer of fat spread over a larger surface. He took fat from my lower back ( and I don't even have a muffin top, actually a slim back) and the back of my thighs and the sides of my legs. Honestly the lipo areas look great, no dimpling or loose skin. I am not really happy with the shape of my breats that I ended up with. I would have liked for them to be a bit flatter and more spread out. My advice is: really make sure he understands what shape you want. I opted for a "natural slope of the breast" rather than an implant look that has the bulge on top but I feel they are a bit too droopy now and should have had a bit more meat on top and towards the center. In hindsight: maybe it is better to go for the "implant" look because in any case as this is fat it will gradually go south anyways, so might aswell have the perky look for a little while.
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Thanks so much. I also want to end up with the natural slope but will ask for a more overall shape. I have some good pics of what I would love to end up with. I may move my consult forward and just go ahead and do it sooner and hopefully be almost healed for summer. Would you recommend him? I live in NY and would love find someone here that is amazing but.. I have not found anyone else that I feel good about. Was he your first choice? Do you live in Miami? I'm also thinking about the recovery and doing it in a hotel room. I was all set to go for implants again with Garth fisher who sounds fantastic in LA and then I started researching this procedure and it really sounds fantastic. I would be thrilled with a full cup size bigger. My boobs are deflated and I was an a cup to begin with. Are you fully recovered from bruising etc?
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I had read about fat transfer a few years ago and while I was finishing nursing my third child started researching it more. I ended up picking Dr Khouri because he is the inventor of the Brava and the one who basically teaches everyone else including stagecoach77's doctor. PLUS I was really impressed by the before and after gallery especially for mastectomies. I figured if he can give women who had a mastectomy breasts then for sure he would be able to help the average woman. I do not live in Miami but Montreal. I brought along a friend and recovered in a hotel room. My bruising is gone now but I will have to wait and see the final result as it has only been 4 weeks. And trust me you forget very quickly how small you were before. Suddenly 1 size up doesn't seem that big of a change anymore. For me it is not the size even tough arguably I would have loved to keep a D, but the shape I am not completely thrilled about. I think it is a good idea to bring a photo and get an idea if what you want is achievable. I had wanted breasts more like stagecoaches flatter against the body and with the nipple perfectly centered in the middle of the breast rather then "sideboobs". I had agreed to a natural slope and he had drawn it for me but it doesn't quite look like his drawing and what I had been looking forward to. I could have done a regular fat transfer here in Montreal without Brava for Can$8000 but was not convinced of the doctor. I did feel convinced when I met Dr Khouri that he would be worth the price. I will wait to see what happens in the next few weeks and then I will leave it to Dr Khouri to evaluate and if necessary adjust what needs to be adjusted. He spent a lot of time on me in the operating room and that indicates that he wants to do a good job. And his technique of injecting is very advanced. Rather than just shooting a syringe full of fat into the breast he injects tiny droplets. That takes hours! I personally did not want take the gamble with my body and risk a botched job just because I could have payed less. Btw. I loved Cindy the coordinator. Read someone's mean review about her and couldnt disagree more. She was very nice and patient and even stayed with me outside the clinic when I had my consultation and waited with me until my cab came. Hope this helped.
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Oh so good to hear all about Dr Khouri. I will really convey wanting the fuller all over breast and hope in the end it will work out the way i would prefer with the gently slope. I may move my appt forward to the 29th of this month..would love to get going on it. I am not concerned with price, just really want the very best surgeon possible. The brava bra is definitely a concern for me.. I have a 3 year old daughter who's in and out of our bed, so it may be tricky to pull of and also just the overall weird awkwardness of it.. how long did you wear it for? I feel my boobs are deflated enough due to having implants for over 20 years.. but I will follow Dr Khouri's instructions as to achieve ultimate best results. Are there any scars at all where you had the fat taken from? I spoke with Cindy on the phone and she sounds great. Good to hear your feedback on her. How long did you stay in Miami with your friend to recover after the surgery? Thanks so much. I can't tell you how helpful it is that you are sharing your experience. Warm regards.
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Hi, I stayed 5 days after surgery. I also had part of the loose skin from my previous pregnancy pulled up and it gave him more room to inject into. My chest was really the most painful part after the surgery, my lipo didn't hurt much at first but I got more sore as the days went by. Still because the loose skin was stapled onto my chest and stitched underneath the breast it caused way more trauma then I assume the ordinary fat transfer would. I was not able to push myself up from a lying down position the day following surgery to a seating position because my chest muscle felt so sore, like I had just done a million push-ups. I really needed my friend to help me. Ater 2 days I was okay to do it myself, though with pain. The pain meds helped a lot but made me very sleepy. By the 4th day I switched to Advil but eventually went back to Tramadol. But I think if you "only" get the fat injected you should feel much better in the chest area. It seems as though I will end up with a scar underneath my right breast because the stitching popped open. The Brava is indeed in the way and I have a 6, 4 and 1 year old. My husband took care of the baby but my 4 year old is really the baby here and that posed a challenge. I only got used to wearing the Brava at night towards the end of usage (3 weeks) before I always wore it during the day when the kids were in school. You get used to it. And once the suction process begins they will not just drop down so you can move around, mind you not in public. The domes are just too big. I also had loose breast skin but it is not only the skin that needs to be stretched but also the actual breast tissue inside the breast. The info is on the website but just to sum up: the tissue needs to be expanded to create the "matrix" in which he will inject via small droplets of fat, it is like a grid I guess and every square gets a drop of fat. My lipo areas look great, really no complaints here. The scabs are healing well and I don't think they will be noticeable in a few weeks. I put antibiotic ointment to help the healing. It is hard to say if somebody else would or wouldn't do a good job but I wanted to make sure to get the best surgeon and given that Dr Khouri invented the BRAVA and the injection technique that goes along with it I figured he has the most experience with it and hence I could expect the best result.
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this is all super helpful. I feel I may not be a great candidate as I can't see myself wearing the brava bra for long enough. I may opt for super small implants again.. this time with garth fisher. I am also concerned with the recovery for the lipo. It feels like it might be too much to deal with. I know the drill with implants and its really an easy procedure with recovery quite fast. I also am a little concerned with going through all of this if i do the fat transfer and then it all disappearing. If I could do the fat transfer without the brava and somehow magically not have to transfer too much fat.. I would go for it. I feel lipo and the breast augmentation might have me out of commission for too long. Its such a hard decision because having natural breasts sounds like a dream.. I just really am concerned with the extent of making that happen and what really is involved. I wish I could take 3 months off from my life and move to MIAMI and do it all..ha! I LOVE the pics from stagecoach and really go back and forth on which way to go.. as you can see but my waffling on about it.. Ok, so natural fat transfer or small implants with an amazing PS?? Please chime in everyone who can help me decide on what I do consider a luxury dilemma. love to all xo
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I had a fantastic experience with fat transfer, I was only out of commission for about 7 days, by day 8 I felt pretty good and was able to take care of my 2 year old and 5 year old. You can check out my review too. I'm almost at the three month mark and that is typically where you know what size you will end with. I didn't have to use brava, my doctor doesn't feel it is necessary in most cases. Im very happy and so glad I did this procedure. I never looked into implants, it wasn't an option that I considered, but I have an identical twin sister who had implants five years ago, she wishes this was an option for her then. I know this is a very personal decision, you have to do what's best for you.
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Even though I had staples in my chest because of the loose skin that Dr Khouri had pulled up, I rebounded quickly. After spending 5 days post-op in the hotel room, I felt well-rested. Took my flight home by myself. ( my friend had only stayed with me 2 days after surgery which is a requirement). I opted not to walk around outside but that was also primarily because I was wearing the bandaging and I felt self- conscious about the size of my chest. But I walked around in the room. In my opinion, fat is the way to go. They are natural and they LOOK natural and you will most likely never have to redo them. I never had implants but from what I heard you will not be allowed to lift anything heavy for 2 months after whereas I was lifting my 1 year old after 8 days and my 4 year old after 3 weeks. But let's say for arguments sake the recovery of fat transfer is tougher: if you look at the fact that implants will have to be renewed ( and I am assuming that you are in your 30ies so that means quite a few more renewals)you would experience more suffering in total and being "out" with implants. With the fat transfer you will be able to function with Advil or Tylenol or the pain meds they prescribe. You will not need a month. I am 4 weeks and 2 days post-op and other then my back still feeling tight I am totally fine. I might be wrong but I think the fact that you had implants and probably a good amount of empty space might further work in your favor. Ask about that! I feel that the lipo really wasn't that big of a discomfort and though he only took a very thin layer it did beautify my shape. I just personally hate the fake look of implants.These big, bulging balls that don't move and with the contours showing. I see so many women with them, many are too large and it just looks pathetic. I feel a subtle increase is much classier than these ballon-like humps. And if you have any little fatty area that bothers you it will be taken care off at the same time. To me it's a no-brainer.
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I totally agree with you on the end result being waaaaay better with fat transfer. I guess Im reluctant due to the bloody brava bra and having to wear that beforehand and also the recovery afterwards.. Oh now I want the fat transfer again. It is the look I want to end up with. I am so grateful for your honest input.. this is helping me SO MUCH!!! I am in my mid 40's so I would definitely have to have the implants done again and again.. which is annoying and yes, the natural fat transfer results look amazing!!!! Can I do this without the bloody brava bra?? I do have enough skin there I feel to make it work, but I do understand that the bra does more than stretch the skin now. Hmmmm... what to do? I can't tell you how much it helps to be able to go back and forth like this with ladies that have done this. Please let me know if there is anything else I should be aware of with the procedure and the recovery.. I guess I have a couple of questions that will probably be questions I already have answers to.. but never the less here goes.. 1. Do you LOVE your results? 2. How long was the PAIN and discomfort? 3. Would you do it again being on the other side of this? 4. Do you have lipo scars? 5. Are there scars on your boobs? 6. How much bigger did you end up going? 1 cup size or more? Ok.. thanks again SO VERY MUCH!!!
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Hi, I had already said that I was not totally happy about the shape but it is still too early to tell the final result. I feel i need a bit more meat in the middle and on the top of the breast for the cleavage? I might do a touch up. Don't get me wrong it is not like this wasn't an improvement but at that price you want what was discussed and not settle for "better than before". I might end up with a little scar in the breast fold where Dr Khouri had pulled up and stitched the extra skin he had pulled up from my Abdomen. Actually the skin just looks lighter there and might still improve in color. It is not visible unless I pull the breast up and it is only becuase he had pulled up the skin which is not standard with the actual fat transfer. Other then that there is no scar on the breasts. The lipo entrance point are really small and healing well and might very well disappear completely or be barely noticeable. Pain level of the lipo was totally acceptable. I was prepared for way worse. Some doctors do the procedure without BRAVA. You only need to wear it 3 weeks. It is doable and you CAN wear it at night. It is worth it as it maximizes fat survival. Right now I am a full 34C or small D but a D cup is actually covering the breast more adequately and gives better support underneath. I think I will end up with a good C. I was a deflated B before. So at the end it would probably be 1 1/2 sizes up. The natural breast will age with your body. And this is something that should not be underestimated. I think it just looks so odd to still have super perky brests at 60.... The natural breast will also not go out of style. Just bring pictures to make sure he understands what shape you want.
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I did not have to wear the brava at all and was so relieved to find out I didn't have to go thru with that part of it. My doctor (Bednar in NC) uses it on some patients but most are ok, in his opinion, to go without it.
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I LOVE my results, I went from a 34 B to a 32 DD/DDD. Pain was nothing with norco for two days, Motrin for 1, then I was fine. I have two tiny scars in the breast fold of each breast and one on each hip bone, again tiny. I would do it again to get the same results, and have told many the same thing. No brava because I breasted two children for over a year each. Natural breast tissue feels and looks wonderful.
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You look fantastic Thank you for posting your review xxx
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Wow! Your breast look awesome! How much size did the breast increase? Is the fat transfer a permeant fix? Or do you have to get touch-ups on a regular schedule?
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