First of all, I love this website. I think plastic surgery gets a bad reputation, but I've never understood why anyone would criticize someone for making a personal decision to improve their self-image. I have uneven breasts. I have had them since age 14, when they grew in. It always bothered me, but it has really affected me recently. I'm a "late-bloomer" and my breasts grew from barely-As to small Cs at the end of high school. (Well, small C and small B, since they're asymmetrical). That's when the difference really began to stand out to me. I can't fit properly into bras and certain bathing suits are just embarrassing. My family never noticed, because I hide it well, but when I pointed it out they couldn't help but admit that yes, I did have uneven breasts.
I find I'm super self-conscious at the best of times, and other times I dread dating etc. because I don't want to have to take my top off. I just don't want to live like this! I'm 19, almost 20. I'm young and I like the rest of my body/my personality. I want to be confident and enjoy my youth!
After lots of research on my options, I began visiting surgeons. The first few said they wanted to do breast implants. Impulsively, I signed up for surgery with one of them. After really thinking it over, I decided breast implants were not for me and I was rushing into my decision. I didn't want potential harassment from other girls my age when they noticed my augmentation. Also, I was happy with my larger breast in relation to my frame. I canceled the surgery and kept on researching.
I kept reading about fat transfer, but it sounded really iffy and risky. And it is a new, somewhat unpredictable procedure. It sounded so perfect otherwise that I decided to make a consult. I met my doctor and I really liked him. He was very honest with me. He said it should work, but walked me through risks--lumps in the breast (which he can treat, and less than 20% of patients get them), irregularities from the lipo, and fat reabsorption.
I'm most worried about the reabsorption. This is a costly procedure that I will be paying my parents back for. If the fat completely reabsorbs, I will be devastated! I will eventually get breast implants if that happens, but I will have to live with the un-eveness again til I have the funds for that, and oh boy do I not want to.
Just to be clear, I have what I believe are reasonable expectations. I don't expect my breasts to match exactly. (What woman's do?) But I would be so happy if they were the same cup size, or even within a half a cup size of one another! I want to feel normal, fit into a bra and bikini properly, and feel better about myself overall.
I will not be using BRAVA. The doctor will use traditional lipo. The doctor uses the technique where they supercharge your fat with your own stem cells/plasma. He uses the micro-droplet technique and distributes the fat in layers to provide for better survival.
I will be having the surgery during Christmas break (I'm in college).
I would love to hear from anyone who went through this. I'd also be happy to talk to anyone considering it.
I will continue to update you, and I plan to give a detailed description of the surgery and post-surgery experience.