Wondering what a successful breast augmentation with fat transfer looks like? Here’s my breast fat transfer before and after story!
Why I went with Breast Fat Transfer:
After breastfeeding two kids, my boobs were not what they used to be. They took quite a beating. After looking at all of the options to determine which was safest, I got a fat transfer breast augmentation.
Just so you know the backstory: I have nursed two babies. And I’ve pumped for the majority of those feedings. My first son, Everett was born prematurely at 23 weeks (you can read that story here). I pumped for the four and a half months while he was in the hospital. And I pumped for an additional six months when he was out.
My second son, Storm was born at 36 weeks, huge and healthy and screaming. They placed him on my chest and it’s been a party ever since. You can read his birth story here. This kid would party all night long, starving and screaming.
Storm wanted to eat all day long. But he would latch, suck, pull and scream. All. Day. Long. I didn’t know what was wrong. He had severe reflux and despite eliminating basically every food on God’s green earth, it didn’t improve.
At nine weeks old we discovered he had severe tongue and lip ties. I immediately had them corrected, but he never quite learned how to latch properly. We still tried, but I ended up mostly pumping for the next several months.
I expected my boobs to go back to normal…but they never did.
After I finished pumping with my first son, my boobs eventually filled back out. They were smaller, but they were there. This time, I waited for months and months – and my boobs never came back. I was as flat as ever, with some sag to top it off.
I researched breast implants and plastic surgeons, but found out breast implants are extremely dangerous and even doctors don’t know what’s in them.
I considered breast implants, but after doing some thorough research, I quickly found out that breast implants are not actually as safe as many doctors think they are. Read more about my experience here.
Breast implant studies have been limited and short-term. There’s a reason hundreds of thousands of women have complained of a set of symptoms that are now classified as breast implant illness. Everything from autoimmune diseases to hair loss to depression. These women aren’t making it up.
I decided on a breast fat transfer procedure with Dr. Bendar in Charlotte, NC.
Dr. Bednar is the doctor when it comes to breast augmentation procedures with fat transfer. Women travel from all over the world to see him. He is kind, his staff (and wife Sylvia) are amazing. They are thorough, informative and above all – they’re nice! They are a group of genuinely kind people.
This is my before and after breast fat transfer:
Same bathing suit. The picture on left from summer 2019, the picture on right 3 weeks after the breast fat transfer procedure.
Picture in fancy bra. The marks on my stomach are from the compression garment I pulled down for the photo. I have to wear a compression garment for the liposuction sites.
In a sweater, you’d never know I had anything done. Breast fat transfer is not obvious at all.
In another bathing suit.
In my sports bra.
Is breast fat transfer permanent?
It is important to know that not all the fat injected will survive. The final results are only considered permanent after about 6 months when all of the fat that did not make it has been disposed of naturally.
I’m only three weeks post-op and I hope my boobs don’t lose any more fat. Since the surgery, they, of course, have gone down, with the swelling and all.
That’s one of the cons of breast fat transfer. No one is 100% sure of how much you will retain. However, Dr. Bednar is the most skilled doctor when it comes to both shape and retention.
Here are my six month results.
Here are my results at one year (plus a lump update, a lumpdate if you will).
Do I regret my breast fat transfer procedure?
No! I am so happy I did this and have no regrets.
I didn’t get a breast fat transfer because I hated my body. I did it because I love my body! My body has given me two healthy babies and I’m quite fond of it overall. But there’s no denying my boobs were a wreck after nursing.
It’s hard to feel sexy when you have flat, yet saggy boobs. It’s hard to feel feminine. And honestly, it’s hard to pull off a lot of clothes. I’m not a small woman. I have big hips and huge shoulders and I simply looked disproportionate.
My breasts aren’t huge now, but they’re filled out and they have shape. They don’t look fake, they look and feel natural. And I’m so thankful to Dr. Bednar and his team for giving me my boobs back!
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