I'm in my mid thirties and after breast feeding...
I'm in my mid thirties and after breast feeding two children my previously 34B breast turned to saggy stretched out sad little things. After the second child I couldn't even create cleavage with a good push-up bra because the laxity of the skin and not enough breast tissue they looked like pushed up prunes :(. I've never considered implants an option because I didn't want anything fake in my body. However surfing the net I learned more and more about fat transfer and learned a premier surgeon that performed the procedure was in my area. So I said why not invest in me for once and I went for it. I had my procedure done on May 1st. I had been reading reviews and comments on this site for months so I thought I had a good idea of what to expect but the recovery so far has been painful and a challenge. It's hard to be forced to slow down when I'm used to going 100 miles an hour. However if my results are great and I retain 70% or more of what was transferred it will definitely be worth it. I had the stem cell fat transfer without Brava. About 700ccs were transferred into each breast which sounds like a lot compared to what I've read other ladies here have had done. However I think the amount was based on the volume required to give my breasts the right shape and size. The fat was liposuctioned from my hips, lower back and thighs. I'm excited to see what size they remain after the swelling goes down more and the fat settles.
I'm on this site daily now and I look forward to going on this journey with all of you that are in the same boat as me. The uncertainty of how things will turn out makes this procedure in particular more nerve wrecking but also a little more adventurous. Good luck to everyone out there going through this or considering it. This site was a great resource for me and so hopefully my experience can also add to the information here.
I have a question for the ladies out there that...
I have a question for the ladies out there that have done fat transfer. Have you made any lifestyle changes in hopes of getting a higher retention rate? There's not a lot of info that I've found on what the patient can do but I'm not drinking any alcohol or caffeine and I'm taking GNC's complete iron supplement and eating a high protein diet. Although I'd like to jump back into an exercise routine ASAP I'm nervous if too much activity will disturb the fat so I'm thinking of only doing walks and gradually increasing the distance for the first 3 months. I'm also not doing any type of calorie restrctions because I want to nourish the fat. Is this crazy? Am I od'ing? Have you all tried anything that you think has led to better results post transfer?
Update 4 weeks post surgery!
I can't believe I'm at the 4 week mark! Time really flies. The breasts are doing great. I'm a DD right now and before I was a barely B. The lipo areas look good too. Since he took fat from the back of my thighs upper snd lower back I now have a booty protrusion illusion, lol. So my butt looks nice and round even tho its not really bigger. I wish I could say I'm back to life as I knew it before the procedure but not quite. My lipo areas are still pretty sore. I'm functional but my hips, thighs and lower back are tender to pressure so even pulling clothes over my legs is naggingly uncomfortable. I found some shorts and capris that look like cargos but have a drawstring waist like sweats and I felt like I struck gold! Very comfy and casually stylish. Here are a few new pics. I think the swelling is gone now so I'm hoping I'll stay pretty close to this size.
Follow up visit today
I had a follow up visit with my surgeon today and he said my retention has been great and I've kept much more than he expected I would at this point. Yea! After the examination he said I still have some swelling in the breasts that will go down but so far so good. One thing he said that I wanted to share is that the fat is still very fragile at this point so I should still stay away from alcohol and smoking. I don't smoke anyway...but gosh I'd love a glass of something with a kick. He's less concerned about caffeine but just keep it in moderation. I also asked about running since my legs feel better now and I was thinking about going back to my regular exercise routine. He recommended I hold off on high impact exercise for six more weeks since any jarring movements of the breast could disrupt or damage the blood supply. I'm ok with this and just glad I asked first. So some other things to think about or ask your doc about if you are doing fat transfer...I know I felt frustrated at times that there isn't much info on aftercare out there so anything I pick up that may inform others I'll share. Please note this is just part of my experience and I don't want to freak anyone out or create the impression that there's a rule book of dos and dont's. Everyone's body is different and there are likely several factors unique to each person that lead to great results.
2 Months Post Update
It's crazy to think its been two months now since the transformation or what I'll call breastformation...since this procedure really gave me the best chest I've ever had. Since puberty I always felt inadequate in the boob dept. I remember reading Judy Bloom and reciting the chant "We must, we must, we must increase our bust!", lol. Who woulda thunk the technology would later exist to make it happen without implants later in my adult life? I'm so happy I kept searching for other alternatives and found a skilled surgeon that could give me amazing results! I started a deflated B and now I'm a full D cup. Now that the swelling is down I think I'm at a perfect size. Especially with me being an active person. The lipo areas feel and look great. My hips are the only areas that are still a little tender. Surprising my breasts are still tender to pressure. I didn't expect that at all since they were the least painful area after surgery but its still uncomfortable for my young kids to lay their head on my chest. Which it seems like they want to do all the time...but other than that they feel pretty normal. It's just a relief to be at a point in the healing process where life is getting back to normal. One thing I've been doing is gently massaging with very light pressure if any my breasts daily after the shower with lotion to help promote circulation in the new tissue and also minimize lump formation. I think its helping...but who knows? The biggest adjustment for me has been realizing my breasts are no longer small. I tried on old bikini tops last weekend for a beach trip and I would have needed to patch two of them together to cover the new girls! It was an eye opening moment when I had to buy a large and I'll post a pick of how it looked. I was like wow these things are massive! But in a good way, lol. I'm not complaining at all!
One day I'll figure out how to add them in a single post...geez
3 month update
Finally reached the 3 month milestone and I'm ready to say this procedure was definitely worth it. I do feel very grateful that my results were as good as they turned out and I'm hopeful that things continent to go well. I'm still a 36 D and that's an amazing improvement over the 36/34 B I started at. Breast changes from month 2 to 3 include breast softening more and also began to hang lower basically they look more natural. I still have lumps which may be permanent to some extent. Dr. B described it as scar tissue that's a result of the mechanism of injecting the fat by going in and out of the breast tissue hundreds of times with the cannula. He says mostly it should resolve itself over time but its normal and part of the healing process. The breast tenderness I had before is gone and the lipo areas are healed. The hips are the only sites where it still feels like I had lipo and that's only when I run. So all in all I'm thrilled that I had this procedure. The benefits were nice breasts and great legs and booty. I've been back in the gym for a month now and with the lipo that was done my hamstrings they look so much more defined now and lipo to the lower back also makes the butt pop out more. The FT poet expressed it so eloquently in her 3 month update :). That's a benefit I wasn't expecting but certainly appreciate.
Quick update 4 months post
Hi Ladies! Not much has changed since my last post so I'll make this update brief. The breasts are doing well and maintaining size. Life is 100% back to pre-surg normal. I've gone back to regular diet and casual drinking for two months now and I don't think it's affected anything. All is good attached are a few pics to show what breasts look like at the 4 month mark.
2 years post-op update
It's been a little over two years post and I've had significant fluctuations in my weight over that time. At one point last year I'd gained about 15 pounds but my breasts looked great because some of the extra fat went there (as well as to my stomach and butt). But late last year I went on a serious fitness kick to get healthy, boost my energy and look better overall. Through cardio and weight training I'm now at around 135 lbs with a body fat percentage around 18%. So with cutting fat it also cut my breast size down considerably. I'm now a small C cup which is dissapointing but I guess an expected result with the weight loss. The lumps are still there and more noticeable by feel since my breasts are much smaller now. But my focus has become about much more important things so I'm not too concerned as long as nothing is painful. Which it isn't at this point. I'm just greatful to be healthy, fit, and able to live life to the fullest. I imagine if I gain some fat back it'll "re-inflate" for lack of a better word my breasts but right now I'm ok as I am.
2 year post op pics
Attached are updated pictures of breasts now two years post op.