Fat Transfer to the Breasts - Winter Park, FL

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To improve my distorted breasts. My journey...

To improve my distorted breasts.

My journey started in 2000' with the desire of having the "perfect" breasts when I was very young.  I went from a AA to a C and experienced moderate to severe capsular contracture with no resolution after trying to replace them under the muscle technique by another physician on 3 separate occasions.

Recently I chose to have both implants removed by my previous surgeon in August 2011 due to mastitis after delivering my last child as this only enhanced the capsular contracture in my breasts.  Unknowingly, this decision would change my life forever.  I experienced severe right breast skin retraction to the point of looking like a partial mastectomy due to infection from a hematoma/seroma that had developed after explantation.  My husband and I went through soo much emotionally to try and figure out how I could fix this new problem.

After watching a Dr. OZ tv episode, I came upon a fairly new technique where you can inject your own fat into your breasts and amazingly feel soft and mobile like regular breast tissue.  This moment was heaven sent to all my answers and I started researching local doctors in the orlando area.

I met with Dr. Hartog in October of 2011 and was amazed of the possibilities that lay ahead of me.  I understood that this process "took time" even though I am very impatient and wanted to see results immediately.  I was extremely impressed how thorough he was and his staff was amazingly helpful as well.  For once in my life, I found a doctor that made me feel important and listened to my concerns.  He has always taken time to evaluate my situation before making an indefinite surgical decision in pushing me in the right direction. 

This has been a long process as I have worn the brava bra for approximately 12 weeks now and had 2 fat transfer surgeries to date with great success.  My right breast may need a little more TLC but it's amazing with the right doctor and the right technique how this can change my life in a positive direction for the first time in 11 years.  Dr. Hartog and his staff have been soooo patient with me as I am soo critical about myself and always strive for perfection after the tremendous amount of heartache I have experienced with previous surgeons.

As of today, I have completed 2 more surgeries...

As of today, I have completed 2 more surgeries since my last review. The shape of my breasts have become more significantly better and able to feel comfortable in clothes including bathing attire. My 4th surgery was on August 22nd of 2012 and Dr. Hartog was able to finally find the scar band under the right nipple and release it from puckering in followed by injecting more fat soo the scar does not reattach. This is a huge accomplishment in my journey over the year. As of now, I am very happy to be where I am today a year later. I was hoping this was my last surgery but still would like the left breast to be filled in a little more on the bottom crease and towards cleavage to match the right. We have been concentrating on the right soo much that my other breast now looks smaller and not as round. However if you look at my history this is not a bad thing but just needs tweaked.

Final Update

Here I am 1.5 yrs post-op totaling 5 surgeries in all to reconstruct. As you can see I really need another surgery to fix the left side as the shape is not quite right but at this point I can't take anymore surgeries for now. Trying to just accept what I have and it's been a long but worth it journey with Dr. Hartog.

I am so thankful to have put my trust in him and his skills as my results show what a dedicated and experienced surgeon Dr. Hartog has become. In addition, it was wonderful to have his wife, Michelle, walk me through each stage and comfort me. I highly recommend Dr. Hartog and his services to everyone. Thanks Dr. Hartog for changing my life, putting a smile on my face and making feel beautiful again. ---Melissa S.

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