Fat Transfer After Implant Removal - Oklahoma City, OK

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I had my implants removed 1 1/2 years ago after...

I had my implants removed 1 1/2 years ago after having them for 29 years. They were contracted and ruptured, and left me a bit scarred in the beginning. I had been so happy to be small again and just my own self, but after about a year I noticed the scarring was becoming more prominent and after a few months I consulted a PS who specialized in reconstruction with fat grafting. As the breast tissue continued to settle in after the removal, the scars were becoming more noticeable because they were staying in the same place. I kept putting off the surgery, wrestling with the fact that in a bra, you couldnt really tell that they were tucked on both nipples and folded on one Breast. But it had started affecting my self esteem with my husband. Though he reassured me that it didn't really bother him, I felt that I wasn't as sexy. It's so absurd how hard we are on ourselves sometimes, how huge some little flaw can seem to us. After counseling with my psychiatrist about my reasons for wanting to do it, I felt more confident and went back to PS for another consultation. During which he had me "animate" or flex, then he realized there was alot of tethering from the original and removal surgeries. It would be a lot longer surgery than he first thought. I asked about just releasing the scars but without something pushing it back out, like another implant or fat grafting, it would just adhere back down. My surgery was last Tuesday Oct. 4. It went very well, and PS felt very confident that scar tissue had successfully been released and that I would be very pleased with the lipo and fat grafting. I made it very clear I did not want my breasts any bigger, just shaped normally, so right now I'm a little freaked out because they are huge! But one week out they have gone down a bit and he said to expect anywhere from 30-70% loss of fat. Since I wasn't focused on needing lipo, he said to expect it to hurt a lot, because in his experience, if that wasn't your goal then it just hurts more! And it does! Have to wear compression garment for 6 weeks, sooo uncomfortable, and still taking pain pills one week out. Praying for patience and small normal boobies lol!!

2 weeks post oo

Swelling gone down some, breasts have become extremely sensitive to touch especially on sides, still taking 1/2 pain pill with 2tylenol every 4-5 hours and 3 ibuprofen every 6. Slow recovery, not able to do much housework or driving, I wear out quickly. But breasts are looking better, have a good shape, lipo areas almost back to normal. Not suppose to wear a bra for 4 weeks but a cami feels much better than nothing because it keeps them from moving so much. I think I have a low pain threshold!! Have had times of tears, especially in evening when I'm tired and they are more painful and swollen from the day, feeling regretful, like what have I done to myself, but they are short lived, and I reel myself back in to reality and pray for patience.

Starting to feel human again!

Finally getting some strength back and pain getting much more manageable, taking 4 ibuprofen liquigels three times a day, and sometime Tylenol in between, still have some discomfort in some lipo areas, but overall much better. Not able to get into my regular pants yet, too much swelling, but found some stretch waist jeans at Walmart in a large that fit comfortably, I usually wear a small to medium, so swelling is a long lasting side effect to be expected. Breasts looking very good, still larger than I hope they will be but such a great shape, still a lot of hard swelling on sides, which doc says is completely normal, that lymphatic system drains toward armpit area so that's the last area to go down. By 3-4 months, he said end result will be pretty apparent. Feeling much more positive and excited about results, still get tired easily and having to pace myself but each day better. Thank you for all the feedback and positive encouraging words!! I hope by posting my experience, I help someone else in theirs!

Settling nicely!

7 weeks post op: been a much longer than anticipated recovery but finally able to hug my husband and children without pain! A little discomfort still especially on the sides, but feels so good to hug! Size has gone down considerably, feels like just my own tissue except for firmness still on sides where tender. See PS on December 5 for last follow up, so happy shape is holding where scar tethering was!!

4 month post update

Patience is the key to any surgery and it can be very hard waiting for the natural healing!! Take heart friends, hang in there! I'm feeling back to normal and very pleased so far with my results after scar release and fat grafting. Initially my breasts were so big and I was very worried I had made a mistake, but they have gone down significantly but have kept a great shape. I still have skin sensitivity on the sides of my breast especially during pms, and there are still some firmer areas in both breasts, pretty much in the center when I feel for it, but ps said that is still swelling that will take up to a year to resolve from all the scar manipulation. I'm not going to put a "worth it" mark on my review until a year, when my body has done all it can to adjust to the invasion it suffered lol! I'm wearing a 36C from Victoria Secret right now, but I expect that to possibly change by a year out.
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