Natural Breast Augmentation - Salt Lake City, UT
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10 Weeks Out
1) You will not go up more than one cup size per procedure. Some claim a 70%-80% retention rate of what was transferred, but mine was more like 30%-40%. I am actually one cup size bigger which was my goal so I'm pretty happy overall. But if you want more than one cup size, plan on doing multiple procedures over several months. Some people offer freezing the fat so you only have to harvest one time. That seems like a good option as the lipo was the most painful part. I transferred 500 ccs from my inner thighs and 200 ccs from my lower back. So I had 700 ccs to work with.
2) Find compression garments for your lipo areas. My doc didn't tell me this till the week before surgery and I was scrambling to find things that would work. My online options were the cheapest but I didn't have the luxury of time so $120 was the going rate for something in stores. I did find one piece at Ross, like a TJ Maxx store, that worked well.
3) Buy a bigger bra. Your boobs will be huge the day of transfer and you want something that gives them room to breathe. Not a push-up bra or anything too tight. Blood flow is key to fat retention. Which is why a sports bra is a no-go. And leaving them dangling allows them to bounce to much, also bad for growing new blood cells.
4) Get some Ginkgo Biloba. It's an herbal supplement that supports Angiogenesis, or the formation of new blood vessels. It is used for new blood vessels in the brain (Mayo Clinic). But I used it in hopes of supporting new blood vessels in my breasts. I don't know if it helped but with 4 small children my memory can use all the support it can get so it's a win-win.
5) I am sure I would have had better fat rentention than I did if I didn't have such an active life. There is no exercise for 2 months, no bouncing, no smashing. That's not really possible with little kids. I was as careful as I could be but you're going to run when your toddler goes into the street or comfort a teething baby as he smashes your chest. It's just life.
The moral of the story. Do it! But have realistic expectations. Pics to come...
Pros: He was nice. He let me be the boss of my own procedure. He has a lot of experience. Cons: At the beginning we were deciding where to harvest the fat from and I decided not to do my belly because there wasn't much there, maybe 50 ccs. He looked at me and said well, you need it there, but you're the boss. (Bedside manner - zero.) Then he put more fat in one breast than the other... And it was into my already larger breast. That was quite frustrating. (Attention to detail seems pretty important for a plastic surgeon - zero.) Now it's over two months out and the scabs under my butt are still not healed and come to find out the stitches were never removed!!! What? Now I have these two red/infected looking scabs on my legs and uneven boobs. Wrong guy. Go somewhere else.