FAT TRANSFER TO THE BREAST - With BRAVA - Pennsylvania
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I have had silicone breast implants for alot of...
- 12 Feb 2013
- 23 days pre
I have had silicone breast implants for alot of years. Got them when I was young and stupid. Honestly I don't regret getting implants, but if the medical advances were there then that we have today I probably would have choosen a different path. I had implants put in because I had assymetrical breasts and the implants corrected that. I was very happy with my implants for alot of years. The last 10 years not so much. They got very hard and found that I had capsular contracture of Baker IV. So out they came. Now I am back to square one again with assymetrical breasts. One breast is a small A and one is a full A. So once the implants were out the plan was to let the breasts heal for 6 months and then do fat transfer to the breast. I am using the same ps for the transfer that did my explant.
I am scheduled for surgery on March 8, 2013 for the fat transfer to the breasts. I started using the Brava system 10 days ago. It takes alot of commitment to put those domes on every night. The first few days were pretty rough. I got very sore where the domes adhear to the skin and even got a few small blisters. To help with blisters I started putting Aloe Vera Gel on each time I took the domes off. But as each day passed they got easier to wear. I wear them about 15 hours a night. I am determined to get enough of expansion so as to have good results.
The Brava bra is not your ordinary bra and believe me you don't even want to answer you front door with it one. If my doorbell rings I will act like no one is home. My hubby took some pics and I will be posting them. You will get to see what the domes look like plus how it expands your breast. Most of the expansion to start is swelling.
The Brava work to expand the breast so to create space for the fat to go into. It also helps to create blood flow to the area so that once the fat is tranfered it has a better chance of survival. We defiently want as much fat to survive as possiable.
I am really looking forward to correcting my breast issues without having a foreign object put into my body. Been there done that.
Thought I would upload some pics of what the Brava...
- 16 Feb 2013
- 20 days pre
It has been 2 weeks now since I started wearing...
- 17 Feb 2013
- 19 days pre
I was very intimidated by the Brava when I first started it, but now, not so much. I will post a new pic of the progress of expansion at the end of 3 weeks wearing the Brava.
Here is a pic after 37 hours of continuous wear of...
- 20 Feb 2013
- 16 days pre
Well its been 22 days since I started wearing the...
- 26 Feb 2013
- 10 days pre
I started cycling 3 x a day for 1 to 1 1/2 hours at a time. On my marathon wear day ( when I don't have to work ) I cycle alot more. The brava coach that I spoke to the other day said cycling was very important at this stage of the game. She told me to wear my domes for 20 hours at a time on the weekends, taking them off for 4 hours just to shower and clean the domes, then they go back on. I thought this would be hard wearing them all the time, but it really isn't as bad as I thought. You can do certain housework wearing these things, but not everything. Who likes to clean anyway. You just need to hope that someone doesn't decide to come visit you. I'm not sure what I would do in that case. Probably wouldn't answer my door. Wouldn't want to answer the questions.
I am wearing these things as much as possiable so to have the best results as I can. I eat, sleep and breath brava right now. I started out 22 day ago with the left breast being a fuller a A cup and the right breast being a very small A cup. I am now up to a full C on the right and a not so full C on the left. I'm hoping to create as much space as possiable in the smaller breast so to end up at least a C cup once the fat is transfered.
Surgery is 11 days away. Will add new pic closer to surgery date.
Well it's only 6 days untill surgery on march 8th....
- 2 Mar 2013
- 6 days pre
Brava has really been an experience with all the skin issues that I have had. The domes dig so much that i have got some blisters and some very dry skin. So I started a little different skin routine. Once the domes comes off in the morning I shower with Shea Butter soap that I make with raw shea butter, jojoba oil, and sweet almond oil. Once I'm done showering I slather up with whipped shea body butter(I make this also) top of the shea butter I put Aveeno baby moisurizer. What a difference this regiment makes. The dry skin is almost resolved along with the blisters, and the red rings from the domes (was starting to think they were going to be permanet) are dissapearing.
The last 2 days it looked like I lost some of the volume that I gained with brava. My coach said to do a marathon wear, she said the volume would come back pretty fast. She thought maybe I was loosing it because my domes weren't sealing good or maybe I needed a little more room in the domes. I can't see me in a XLG dome. I'm in a large now.
Will post pics on final growth before he does surgery and will also take pics after the transfer.
Had to have my surgery date changed form march 8th...
- 4 Mar 2013
- 4 days pre
Just 4 more days to go till surgery. I'll admit...
- 11 Mar 2013
- 2 days post
Doctors office called to tell me I need to be...
- 14 Mar 2013
- 5 days post
I'm hoping I can get the brava on after the fat transfer, I'll need to wear it for 2-3 weeks after. Took the domes off yesterday for a hour to shower and had a hard time shoving by boob back into it,(the larger breast was that full)
Will post pics in the next week.
Well yesterday was surgery day. All went well. The...
- 16 Mar 2013
- 7 days post
My anesthesiologst (ignore spelleing) way so nice. He explained to me that I would be awake for the lipo but asleep for the fat transfer. I felt the needle go in for them to numb the lipo area. That was definetly the sharpest needle I have ever felt. They said you had to stay awake for the lipo so you could turn youself on you side when the needed you there. Then before I new it I was asleep and then I was awake and ready to go home.
As far as I know they took 600cc out of the stomach and 500 cc out of each hip. That really helps with the getting back in shape. They nurse said they put 350cc in the larger breast and 400cc in the smaller breast. He was going to take a little from the thighs but decided not to, I guess incase they need to tweek the smaller breast thats where they will take it from.
I have a binder that i have to wear for 4 to 6 weeks. Now I know how those women felt back in the day when they wore corests. I have alot of seepage on the lipo spots but they have little round bandaids over the needle spots on the breast. Haven't taken any pics yet, but I will and post them. I have afraid to open the support bra that they put on me. I looked really flat this morning so I opened it so my husband could see the girl and the instatly started to swell up. So i hurried up and close them back up. Hope I didn't ruin any thing.
Still pretty sore today. Hubby helped me clean up...
- 17 Mar 2013
- 8 days post
Had my visit with the ps this morning and he is...
- 18 Mar 2013
- 9 days post
Well it's been 7 days since the fat transfer,...
- 22 Mar 2013
- 13 days post
I was luck that I didn't bruise much. I normally bruise pretty easy. The breast are still pretty firm. Right now they are at a large C to a small D. I'm sure I will loose some. My ps seems to think that since I was so religious about wearing the brava for pre expansion, and if I do the same after the transfer that I could have a good chance of retaining all the fat. He told me I was going to be the poster child for Brava. Most of his patients don't wear it the way they are supposed to, and then 4 days before surgery he said they will be it on 24/7 and expect him to give them big boobs. It doesn't work that way. I don't have to go back to see him untill 4 weeks. Next appointment is April 24th.
The lipo area is still pretty sore and surprisingly not very bruised at all. He must have really been gently doing everything.
Will post more pics at 2 weeks out.
Its been 10 days since the fat transfer and I feel...
- 25 Mar 2013
- 16 days post
My hubby said he was going to start his own bog . . ."HOW TO SURVIVE YOU WIFE WEARING BRAVA". I told him I'm sure there would be alot of hubby's posting on the blog.
I took some new pics today at 10 days out and will post them in the next day or 2. I LOVE the size of my new boobs and hope that once I stop the brava they will stay. I've gotten very attached to them. Hey, i have a idea, maybe one night of brava wear a week will help me retain it all. Nah, don't think I could wear brava any longer than the ps says I have to. But then again if he would have said I had to wear it a whole month after, I would have. Just looking forward to a Brava FREE life. Coming Soon!
It's been 12 days9(close enough to 2 weeks) since...
- 27 Mar 2013
- 18 days post
It's been 3 weeks since my fat transfer to the...
- 5 Apr 2013
- 27 days post
I am schedules to go back for a checkup with Dr L on April 24th. By the time I see him again i will have 11 weeks invested in wearing brava daily. I really do think that the wear time that I put in will play in the fat that my breasts retain. I have been wearing brava now since February 3rd for a totoal of 9 weeks so far. I thought it would be harder to wear the domes than it is. I have just made it a part of my routine each day to put them on at a certain time each day.
When the transfer was done the breast were very sensitive a firm, this lasted for a few weeks. The breasts get softer and feel more like your own as the days pass. Today they feel so soft. When they started to soften up I got a little worried and thought that the fat was turning to oil and was going to leave the breast. No So. They are just starting to feel like normal breast. A few weeks ago they felt "fake" almost like I had implants again, but now I love them. I find that when I run down the stairs I put my hands under and cup the breast so they don't bounce so much. I don't think they look that big. I did a bra measurment the other day and I measured out 33" on the band and a 38" at the fullest part of the breast. That would put my new bra size at a 34 D. I defiently have clevage that I didn't have before. Have not gone to buy any new bras yet. I will go shopping the day I go for my check up at Dr L's.
Some of the lipo sites are still a little sore, mainly on my hips, but that gets better each day. I have been in a spanx type garment since 5 days after surgery and will have to wear untill I see the ps again. Will be glad to see it go. 1600 cc of fat was taken from my stomach and both hips(front & back). I can gain weight it that area very quickly so I am doing a new eating plan. Just trying to eat healthly. I should be able to get back to exercise after my ps appointment. I have gained 4 pounds just sitting around doing nothing. Not so bad if the fat goes to my boobs. I need to get back into a good routine of exercise. Weight Loss Yoga here I come. Will be posting a new pic once I get one taken and will also post a pic of the lipo site.
It has been almost 5 weeks since my fat transfer....
- 17 Apr 2013
- 1 month post
I am done with Brava. I have worn it for a total of almonst 11 weeks. I wore it 2 days shy of 4 week after fat transfer. When I took the domes off one morning I saw a definent decrease is the size of my breast. It was at this point where i figured that it was time to stop breava. There really is no documentation that says the longer you wear it post transfer the more fat you will retain. I sleep like a rock at night without the domes. I thought it would be nice not to have to sleep on my back anymore, but I seem to keep sleeping on my back. I have never been a back sleeper (always side or tummy) Hubby hooked up our 2 person whirlpool tub in our master bath and I have been in it 2 times. Last night I decided I needed a little soak, so off I went with a glass of wine. soooo relaxing.
Went to buy a few bras yesterday and was so discusted. Had such a hard time finding anything to fit. When I measured for a bra size it said I was a 32D..wrong, could even get them on (I just ordered 3 from macy's that will have to go back) I tried on so many bras I was ready to go home without any. I decided to try on one more and it was the magic bra . . .IT FIT . . It was a 34D. Honestly I don't look that big. To me I look like a B cup, but they fit and felt good so I bought 3. $110 for 3 bras is crazy, but that what you pay a Macy's.(on of my favorite stores)
I go back for my check up on wednesday the 24th. I feel that the smaller breast has lost some fat, probably not alot, mostly in fullness and upper pole. This will be something I will talk to Dr L about. Maybe at the 6 month see where the breast are and possiable to a little touch up, just with micro fat grafting, not using brava again. I will keep my brava system for awhile just in case he feels its benificial to use it again. I wouldn't look forward to doing lipo again . . but hey maybe I could use a little off the thight LOL.
I have been a little depressed seeing the size of the boobs go down. i really got attached to them at the swollen size. If you take in to account the swelling going down and the size of the breast now I would say I lost 10% fat. I think alot of the size was the swelling and since I was still useing the brava post, I think the swelling stayed around longer. I am still happy with the results I got, concidering what I started with. Dr L said before that we might have to do a touch up on the smaller breast. I guess we will just have to wait and see. I'm posting some current pic that were just taken this morning ( 2 days shy of 5 weeks post) What do you think of the symmetry between the breasts.
Had my 4 week follow up appointment with Dr L on...
- 29 Apr 2013
- 1 month post
I go back for my 3 month checkup on June 19th, so we'll see how things look untill then. One thing I don't want to do is gain any weight, but if it would all go to my boobs I might think about it haha.
I am starting to work out again, some weights, yoga , walking, maybe even a little bike riding this summer.
Haven't updated in awhile . .
- 10 Jun 2013
- 3 months post
3 Month post op Visit
- 30 Jun 2013
- 3 months post
Went for my 3 month check up on June 19th and everything is still looking good. Dr. L took a mole off my cheek and a cist of the side of my nose with the lazier while I was there . It's been a little over a week now and they look good. I just have to watch I don't get the area sun burnt. My new grass mowing hat is so cute!
Back to the boobs. Everything has settled nicely but I have decided to do another round of fat transfer. Dr. L agrees that the upper pole on the breast that was smaller need to be plumped up some more. Needless to say I am going to do both breast again. He said I can use the Brava again or I can do the fat transfer without. I think I will do the Brava again but this time I will not be the Brava Queen. I gave up that crown and I don't want it back. LOL I'm not going to obsess about it this time. 3 to 4 weeks of wear before at 10-12 hours a night and no wear after the transfer. I told Dr. L about the answer Dr. Khouri gave to Amelia's question and he said then don't wear it after. I wore the Brava for 3 weeks after the fat transfer and I'm not really sure if it helped or hindered the end results. So the next time I am going to do it totally different. Dr. L said that when I'm ready to do it just call and schedule the procedure. So I'm back to saving my pennies for another round. He gave me a discount for the second round which I thought was nice. I think I will wait until fall. I really don't want to be in compression garments in the heat of summer.
I will keep every one updated.
6 Months since fat transfer
- 18 Sep 2013
- 6 months post
Like I said I am still very happy with the procedure and would do it again. Oh Yeah I am. LOL
Lumps are gone
- 22 Oct 2013
- 7 months post
Dr Louton is the same surgeon that did my explant. I have felt very comfortable with him and I feel that he is very knowledgable about the fat transfer. All of his office staff are very good at there jobs. He will take as much time that is needed to explane the procedure to you. I feel he is a top rated surgeon.