caratgirl on Realself
2 years ago
07/15/2019, 01:48 AM
This will be my last post until my 2 month update, as I want to apply tape to my incision lines so that the scars don’t spread before the skin remodeling starts occurring naturally. I am going to apply small pieces of tape horizontally on my vertical incision so that I don’t prevent the scar from stretching when the bottom drops a bit due to gravity. I am just interested in the scar not getting any wider, if that makes sense. I’ll also find out how many cc’s of fat were removed and how many were placed into each breast.
Measurement comparisons are as follows: Bust before 37” after 35”, Under Bust before 30” after 30”, Waist before 30” after 30” (lots of swelling here still), Upper Hips (flanks and across the lower abs) before 36.5” after 34.5” (some swelling still), Lower Hips (across largest part of butt) before 36” after 35.5” (probably due to inactivity, must try to do some squats and lunges after next week).
My height is 5’7” and weight prior to surgery after losing 60 pounds was 118. Weight immediately after surgery was the same as 5 weeks later, 115.5, with no additional dieting.
Observations so far:
1) I don’t want to offend any readers that do have nice looking and feeling implants, this is just my personal experience with them. I am very happy that the heavy, burdensome, cold, firm implants are gone! I didn’t even have any capsular contracture, but I could always tell that the tops felt more firm than normal breast tissue, as I was feeling the stretched tight pectoral muscle. I can no longer see the dynamic muscle distortion when I flex my muscles. Flexing still feels a bit weird, but may become better after the scar tissue softens up. I used to feel the slightly bumpy implant outlines at the bottom of my breasts when I bent over. No bra strap marks anymore – my shoulders seem to have happily bounced back into a smooth line. No need to camouflage how pendulous my breasts had gotten. No more matronly looking outfits. I don’t miss the over-the-top cleavage. If I want cleavage, I can buy a push-up bra. No wearing a bra under nightgowns. I was just so over the fake looking upper pole bulge too. I really can go on and on.
2) The girls are getting smaller, but that was to be expected. I still have some bruising on them and the skin looks a bit wavy when I bend over, but is expected to tighten around the final breast mass. I still can’t really mold them into a bra, and don’t try as they are a bit stiff and sore. I’m very happy that the shape is not squared at the bottom. I am still so impressed by the incredibly thin incision lines. There is a small area of maybe 3/4 inch at the top of the vertical incision on the left that appears to not have the skin butted up as tightly as the rest, but that may fade into my skin eventually since I am so pale and my previous scars faded so well. The anchor part of the incision will be amazing. It doesn’t look that great yet, as the internal stitching created a bit of a roll of skin to prevent incision and scar spreading. When the internal sutures dissolve, I’ll be surprised to see any visible scar at all. I am still amazed at his technique. I’ll get some new close-up photos posted.
3) The right breast that was slightly smaller originally is now slightly larger, as I asked my PS to put more fat in so that they would be more symmetrical (hahaha, note to self - no good deed goes unpunished). I don’t really know though what the semi-final result will be until probably the 3 or 4 month mark, so I am not overly concerned yet.
4) The shape is still nice, but I’m waiting to see if the nipple on the right will turn up a bit to match the left, even though in general, I prefer the breast shape of the right one. Not looking for perfection at my age, but I’m sure my PS would be rolling his eyes at that comment, LOL.
5) The nipple position just thrills me, as originally the left one measured 27cm and the right one was 27.5cm measuring from the bottom of the notch at the collarbone. Now they are both at 21cm. I wouldn’t have minded them being up a bit higher, but who knows. It’s a delicate balance and could have looked too high on me.
6) The liposuction areas are still very tender and numb at the lower abs and the sides of my waist. The flanks have settled down some, and I am starting to get feeling back in that part of the skin.
7) I made the decision to only have liposuction done from the waist down, so only on my lower abs and flanks and just merging up on the sides to my waist. That, in my mind would leave me with a little bit of fat to use in case I needed a 2nd round of fat transfer to even out any size or shape issues with my breasts. If I don’t want any more FT, then I will have to decide what to do with my fluffy upper abs area (genetic) and the upper sides of my waist and lower back fat. Not sure I made the right call on this, as the transition looks kind of weird. It could just be some residual swelling, though. I will have to decide whether to a) get more lipo to merge the areas more gracefully, b) do some coolsculpting or c) lose about 3-5 more pounds. To be determined at a later date….
8) Thanks and kudos in general to the members of the RealSelf community for such great support and encouraging comments! So much valuable advice to consider while reading reviews. It’s just remarkable that there are so many brave women that post real reviews, both positive and negative, with so many details. It’s best to know both good and possible bad results before undergoing any procedure. I also think that the best reviews are the ones where members come back 6 months, a year and two years later so that final outcomes can really be seen and assessed. Too often, users drop off at the 3 month mark and you are left wondering if they are so happy that they don’t care to post anymore or if the results in the end were not as stellar as expected, so they don’t want to report any bad news after the initial glowing posts.