I had some blog posts queued up regarding the official Week Four and Week Five journal entries but failed to get them posted before vacation. In my haste to get SOME kind of an update, I did a general, One Month and Beyond post. Here is an after the fact update. So here are Week Four and Week Five, posted post-datedly to before the One Month post for chronological purposes (I feel like Back to the Future)

Week Four

It’s officially 4 weeks after the surgery. Things seem to be improving but it’s hard to gauge how quickly. There is still some soreness at some of the lipo sites, mainly the areas on my inside thighs and the “love handle” area.

I picked up some shapewear before last weekend to wear during the day instead of the compression suit.  They had said the more I wear the compression suit the quicker the healing and the better the results but the suit itself is so cumbersome (not to mention it makes my breasts look HORRIBLE) I figured this would be comparable. I got the high waist shaper which is shorts up to the ribs. Covers all of the lipo areas perfectly!

There is still some soreness in the breasts, but their size hasn’t seemed to change much in the last week. They are less red, but there still seems to be some splotchy bruising. I’ve noticed the right breast seems slightly smaller than the left breast, but I’m not sure if this is something that will get worse, is permanent, or will resolve itself. It could be that one is swollen more than the other? We’ll have to see next week when I have my one month appointment. They are almost completely soft at this point!

I started using the Progest cream a couple days ago and though it’s hard to tell for sure what the cause is, they DO seem fuller. I’ll start using it mixed with the L’Arginine tonight.

Some of the weight is starting to come off and my boyfriend and I have been hitting the gym and going for walks. The scale hit 134 the other day! I was 137 before the surgery and around 140 after the surgery. My pants are beginning to fit again, but I’ve been wearing a lot of dresses since they are looser around the waist and won’t cut into my stomach and since it’s been so nice and warm in Minnesota!

Week Five

Things continually get better, but at what seems to be a slower pace, there’s definitely more of a week over week progression now than a day over day like the first couple weeks after the surgery.

I’m still struggling with how “big” I still am. Especially trying on dresses I bought before I gained weight for the surgery – one of which I can no longer sit down in…much crying was had.

My measurements before I started gaining weight for the surgery:

  • Waist 26 inches
  • Hip/butt  35 inches
  • Bust  32 inches

Currently my measurements are:

  • Waist 27 inches
  • Hip/butt 38 inches
  • Bust 35 1/2 inches

So the one positive thing is my body looks more BALANCED because of my new bust measurement.

I’ve been back on the MyFitnessPal diet as well as taking vitamins. I’ve also given up drinking coffee daily (for the time being) because it was suggested that this could stunt the “growth” process for the breasts.

Another positive is – I LOVE my breasts! I fill out shirts a lot better now and actually have some cleavage on the v-neck or lower cut tops.

I’m really looking forward to seeing how my body looks in the next month as I continue to eat healthier and work out.

Hormone Cream Enhancement?

I’ve continued to use the hormone cream mixed with L’Arginine tablets. This has been interesting. The powder in the L’Arginine capsules isn’t very fine. The first time I tried mixing it with the Progest cream there were white specks all over. You almost need a mortar and pestle to mash up the powder before you mix it with the cream. I’ve gotten pretty good at applying enough pressure with my hands I can do this, but it’s not quick. As for results? It’s hard to say.  They seem to be slightly fuller.

Read the next chapter to my stem cell fat transfer breast augmentation journey: One Month After Surgery And Beyond

Previous Posts on Stem Cell Breast Augmentation:

Week Three After Surgery And Hormone Cream For Extra Enhancement
Week Two After Surgery
Week One After Surgery
The Surgery
My Cosmetic Surgery Journey Begins
If You Could Enhance Your Breast Size Naturally, Would You?

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5 Comments

  1. Jen March 16, 2013 at 12:47 AM - Reply

    Hi, I am so glad to have found your blog! I have been considering this surgery for a while, but at the moment, I don’t have enough fat to make it worthwhile. It looks like your pre-gain measurements and mine are about the same. I have so many questions! I hope you can answer a few for me. How long did it take to gain the weight? Did Dr. Shu say that was the amount you needed in order to do the surgery?

    After you recovered, did you try to lose any of it, and if yes, how did that affect your new breast size?

    Thanks so much! I am looking forward to your response.

  2. Alice March 17, 2013 at 9:35 PM - Reply

    I’m glad you found me as well! It took me about a month of heavy eating to gain enough weight for the surgery. He told me at least 5 but 10 was better, I ended up gaining 8 lbs. I did lose all of the weight I had gained and am back to (and slightly below) my pre-surgery weight. My breasts seem mostly unaffected by this, but it’s hard to truly pinpoint the cause since you don’t retain 100% of the fat deposits anyway. For the last 4 months my breasts have remained the same size, so I would think it’s safe to say that’s what they will be. I’ve got a 9 month post coming up (I just need to upload a new picture). If you have any more questions you can use my contact form and I’ll email you back!

  3. Dreamz January 4, 2016 at 4:21 AM - Reply

    Hi Alice,

    Very happy to see a blog like this 🙂 you go gurl !

    I wanted to know which one of the following procedure did you go for from below a/b or c ?:

    a) Liposuction – The body fat is liposuctioned from buttocks, hips and thighs and other body regions. Liposuction is performed with high quality regular or micro cannulas. The advantage of this method is dual – one, it re-contours other body parts and second, it enhances the breast size.

    b) Stem cell enrichment – Stem cells are extracted from a part of extracted fat cells. They are extracted in the laboratory with a specialized technology.

    c) Stem Cell Implantation in the breast tissue – Extracted stem cells along with the specially prepared body fat are injected into the breasts.

    Lots of luv!

  4. Dreamz January 4, 2016 at 4:24 AM - Reply

    sorry 🙂 , copy paste mistake … those were the steps…the actual 3 kinds are as below :

    The basis of stem cell breast augmentation is the transfer of autologous fat to the breast tissue. The different methods of stem cell breast augmentation are:

    a) Stem cell-enriched autologous fat

    The stem cells are extracted from a portion of autologous fat in the laboratory and are added to the remaining body fat. With this method, long term breast volume, about ca. 90 to 95 %, of breast volume is retained.

    b) Stem cell-concentrated autologous fat

    Prior to implantation, autologous fat is concentrated so as to increase the number of viable cells per unit volume. With this technique, ca. 40 to 80% of long term breast volume is retained.

    c) Standard Liposuction

    In this technique, untreated autologous fat is implanted without changing the stem cell content. This procedure helps in retention of ca.20 to 40% long term breast volume with an optimal-tissue conserving method.

    which one did you go for ? and which one do u suggest ?

    • Alice January 4, 2016 at 10:16 AM - Reply

      Hi Dreamz! I’m so glad you found my blog! The procedure included stem cell enriched fat, but it was not done in a laboratory. It was done using a large machine which I fail to remember the name of. If available, I would go for the stem cell ENRICHED fat transfer as you see more breast volume retained. I can see how other procedures may be cheaper up front, but if you’re able to get a lot of fat from the liposuction you’ll see much bigger gains. It’s been almost four years since my procedure and I have not seen any decrease in breast volume outside of regular weight fluctuations.

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