Hi every one :)
I have been researching this procedure on this website and have found everyone's reviews so helpful so I decided to share my experiences. This is going to be really long as i only had my op today so please bear with me.
Since I first started going through puberty i was always self conscious about my breasts. My mum and sister both had natural D/DD cups and i was stuck with lousy little B cups (in my opinion). Also i had quite bad A-symmetry which got worse after i had recently lost some weight. I have never liked the look of implants and didn't want a foreign object in my body so when i found out about this procedure i knew i had to give it a try. After consultations with my surgeon we decided to try to go up 2 cup sizes using fat from my love handles, inner thighs and a little from my outer thighs
I received my brava 26/03/14 (6 weeks prior to surgery) and began wearing it 8 hours the first night, 10 the second and aimed for 12 every night since -the last week and a half i aimed for 14 hours a night and the last 3 days i wore them for 24 hours minus a couple hours a day to give my skin a break and wash the domes (they were getting all sweaty and smelly lol). I know this sounds like a lot of effort and i would be lying to you if i promised that its easy, it takes a lot of commitment and discipline and not to mention the BRAVA can get itchy and uncomfortable, but its so worth it! My surgeon was thrilled with my growth and it also meant that i was able to get more fat injected into the breasts (400cc each).
My skin started reacting badly to the BRAVA so i switched from using the skin prep stuff provided with brava and instead started using aloe vera gel prior to wear and savalon cream, moisturiser and bio oil during the day when i was not wearing it. This helped my skin greatly! Every now and then i would start to get marks (especially when using the hand pump) but i would cover these marks with a fabric bandaid (the BRAVA wouldn't seal on top of the plastic ones) before wearing brava and the skin would clear up in a couple of days. Its really important to wash your domes properly (no matter how late you're already running for work) as bacteria on the domes make them twice as itchy and leaves even worse marks (i found this out the hard way). I think what really helped with my growth was 'cycling' with the hand pump. If you have not heard of it, you pump the domes until you have reached maximum pressure and cannot pump anymore. You leave it for 2mins, release the pump, let it sit for 30seconds and then repeat - you do this for about an hour for up to four times a day (i only did twice up until the last couple of days).
My surgery experience:
I had my surgery at St. Lukes hospital in Potts Point NSW. The staff there are lovely and to any fellow Australians I highly recommend St. Lukes and Dr Matousek. I was put under general anesthetics and pumped with lots of pain killers!! When i first woke i was in a bit of pain in the thighs but nothing over a 6 - but i was given more pain killers that reduced this to about a 2. After resting for a couple of hours i was able to get out of bed and go for a walk, very dizzy at first but pain wasn't too bad - i just felt like i had done a crazy leg workout and had sore muscles. The garment for liposuction was a little uncomfortable at first but really, its quite functional and you get used to it. I'm not sure about bruising or anything just yet i will update in a couple of days :)
As for my breasts they are extremely stiff but my boyfriend is liking the fact that they need to be massaged 3 times a day for 3 weeks lol. I intend to wear the BRAVA for 24 hours for the next 3 days (strictly no hand pump after surgery). My surgeon said that only 8-10 hours a day is needed for the next 2 weeks but most of the reviews i've read from ladies with awesome results have said they wore theirs the whole first 3 days so i'm going to combine both of them. I only have before and after photos of my breasts at this stage but will hopefully be able to upload some of my donor sites in my next update. Thanks for reading :) i know i basically wrote a novel haha but if i get to help one person out there then my work is done!