I'm in my mid forties and mother to two wonderful kids. I'm a professional with a busy career and a very active family. I seem to have logged far more time at my desk and with my kids than I have at the gym over the last decade. I'm 5'8" and weigh 130lbs and while not grossly out of shape, there are a few areas that have become impossible to fix on my own, no matter how many diets or sit-ups I've tried.
I went to see Dr. Mulholland after two recommendations from friends and reading through his very detailed website. I hadn't decided exactly what I wanted to have done until I went to see him. I thought it best to go in with an open mind, lots of questions, and ask for his professional perspective on what could be achieved. Dr. Mulholland listed carefully to all my concerns and showed a lot of genuine empathy. I never felt judged or belittled for throwing in the towel and opting for surgery. His supportive nature and expertise gave me a lot of confidence in the decisions I was making.
For my deflated, post-nursing breasts, there were two options; breast implants or fat transfer. Implants would have given me a lot more options on size but my preference was a natural look and feel, achieved with my own body fat. Dr. Mulholland clearly explained that breast fat transfer would only give me 1/2 cup to 1 cup increase with the majority of the fat being used on the upper pole of my breasts. Being a 34A, increasing to a 34B was the desired result I was looking for which suited my tall, athletic build. My husband also preferred natural breasts over implants. An important note on choosing breast fat transfer - it is critical to select a doctor who is an expert in this area and highly trained. Do your research! Dr. Mulholland was trained by the founder or fat transfers, Dr. Sydney Coleman, and has a long successful history doing fat transfers. Working with a surgeon with deep expertise is critical to your results!
For my body, Dr. Mullholland recommended SmartLipo for my stomach, particularly the area south of my navel. He also recommended SmartLipo for the roll of fat underneath my butt cheeks that he aptly referred to as "hot dog bun" shaped fat rolls. Both areas would benefit by the fat removal and also the tightening effect of the lasers used with SmartLipo. The fat collected from this part of the surgery would be processed and then re-injected into my breasts. I also opted for Cellulaze on my butt cheeks to reduce the unsightly cellulite that had continued to plague me despite dropping carbs and the millions of squats I'd done.
After receiving the quote, I slept on it, and woke up with the decision it was time to do something special for myself. I wanted to feel confident and feminine again and not have to walk around holding in my stomach all day. I also wanted to get rid of my push-up bra collection and feel good about my body.
My surgery was November 2nd. I went in to his surgery centre in the morning and immediately felt assured by the team of nurses, the anesthesiologist, and Dr. Mulholland himself. Everyone put me at ease despite going in feeling nervous. The surgery took about 4 hours. I opted to stay the night at the centre where I could rest a little more comfortably than at home. I went home the morning after the surgery where I spent much of the week in bed recovering. I had two tiny incisions under each butt cheek, two in my lower abdomen, as well as a single drain, and small stitches in each breast. The pain was tolerable. I followed the doctor's recommendations exactly. I rested, stayed hydrated, managed the pain, and took a full week to take care of myself. I'm not much of a homebody but it was a welcome week. I kept in touch with the office via email, slept a lot, read two books, caught up on magazines and my family survived without me being able to provide much help.
To manage the bruising and swelling I took Arnica tablets. I highly recommend them. I also used Arnica cream topically. I had a lot of bruising on my thighs and butt and a little bit of bruising on my lower breasts. The breast pain was minimal but my butt and legs were quite tender for a couple of weeks. I did not use any Arnica cream on my breasts, just my lower body. I also ate watermelon and pineapple juice to help reduce the swelling and I drank a ton of water to flush my body. I think following the doctor's recommendations is what helped me bounce back so quickly. I was back to work the following Monday. I wore the compression garment for about 6-8 weeks which helped my mobility. I continued to take it easy for a few more weeks. By week six, I was skiing (though I'm a very experienced skier and wouldn't recommend it so soon after surgery if you're not confident on skis).
I'm now 3 months out and delighted with the results. I haven't lost weight per se, besides about 2 pounds, but my body looks much like it did 15-20 years ago and I feel terrific! My stomach is flat as a board, even when I bend down to tie my shoes. My butt is nice and small and I'm blown away by how much better my butt looks in jeans now that the "hot dog bun" shaped fat roll is gone. I have curves in the right places. The cottage cheese butt is also getting better all the time. As I understand it, the results of Cellulaze continues for many months. I've seen a big improvement and hope it continues. In terms of my breasts, I've seen a wonderful improvement. I had my chest measured at Victorias Secret where they pronounced me a 34C. I was thrilled to hear it, but the reality is, I believe I've gone from a 34A to a true 34B. I no longer feel obliged to throw on a push-up bra because I finally have some respectable cleavage. Dr. Mulholland was able to inject about 180cc's of fat per breast. Since not all of it survives, I'm probably up about 3/4 of a cup and at the three month mark the increase I have today should last for life.
I just received the green light to go back to 100% activity level and look forward to increasing my fitness level and seeing the final result of the work I've had done. Overall I feel great. I'm grateful to my girlfriends who helped me go for it and I've very grateful to Dr. Mulholland and his amazing team of nurses.
Feel free to message me if you have questions.