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.