Another Revision

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Following the poor healing of my last procedure to transfer fat from my belly to my chest, and the prior placement of 700mL implants, instead of the promised 800mL that we had stretched for, I was left with loose, over-stretched skin, wrinkly indented breasts and visible impressions above the implants.

 

I went in yesterday to have the proper implants placed, and additional fat-grafting to smooth the edges.  Fingers-crossed that this did the trick and no more surgeries will be necessary.  I’ll post more pictures as I am able to remove the new dressing.

Autologous Fat Transfer a.k.a. fat grafting

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Post-op, Comforted by Stabby the Unicorn

It’s been a while since I posted.  My last procedure was in September 2015, fat was transferred to fill the indentations around my implants, and to try to create a natural slope above the implants.

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Example of one of the indentations to fill.

The fat grafting was painful, surprising and disappointing.  It was a fairly simple procedure. While you are under general anesthesia, the surgeon makes a couple incisions in your abdomen and inserts a cannula to suck out fat (liposuction).  The cannula is moved around and a few cups of fat are harvested.  The fat is centrifuged to separate out the blood and whatever else got in there, so that they can inject just the fat back into you.  Using a large gauge needle, the surgeon injects the fat back around the implants, in the hopes that approximately 80% or more is retained by the body.

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Day of surgery

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Day of surgery

Bruising and injection sites, day of surgery.  Every day after surgery, the bruising and swelling continued to progress, despite wearing a medical girdle to compress the area.  What they don’t tell you, is that blood will pool, down, to your lady business, and even thighs.  Ouch.  Ew.

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Blood pooling after liposuction.

This procedure was far more painful than placing the implants.  And disappointing.  Most of the fat that was transferred seemed like it was going to take, but over time, it’s been sinking down as my body has been burning it off.  I am now scheduled for an implant exchange and more fat transfer to try to make my boobs, boob-shaped, as they should be.

 

Count down to surgery #2

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In about 12 hours I’ll be heading to the hospital to check in for my implant surgery and fat grafting procedure.  As you can see from the picture below, the expanders are crooked and boxy.  It feels like there are baseballs under my skin, that’s how hard they are in some places.

Last day of expanders

Last day of expanders

Here is a close up to see why fat grafting is necessary.

Expander up close.

Expander up close.

The fat will help create a slope, and hide my bones.  It’s unnatural to see half your ribs when you aren’t flat chested!  And there is a pretty big divot on the right side below my collar-bone.

Finally, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  This is not a cosmetic procedure.  It is reconstruction to try to create a natural looking breast, not an enhanced breast.  My chest now consists of two gigantic scars, so anyone who thinks I’m getting a free boob job can seriously just piss off after looking at this picture below.

Scar up close.

Scar up close.