You know already from part 5 of this seemingly endless tale in the quest for just a ‘normal’ pair of breasts, that I recently opted for a scar revision surgery with fat transfer. A procedure that’s pretty common and can be used on various areas of the body that have undergone trauma resulting in a deep, tethered or twisted scar. After a breast lift in 2012 left me with not one but two tethered scars that tightened over the years post surgery, I took the plunge and decided to do something about it.
Aside from the restricted shoulder movement associated with this tethered scar and the obvious aesthetic issue, I had been experiencing pain at the site for some time, so now seemed as good a time as any to attempt to rectify that. My surgery went well, in part 5 I told you about how I opted for a local anaesthetic to speed up recovery following the procedure, my first ever surgical intervention with local anaesthetic and I won’t lie, it was a bit of a rollercoaster but I made it through. We pick up this tale at my review appointment and in preparation for my next surgery.
When my sutures are removed, I’m given my proper look at my breasts since the surgery, they’ve been covered and stuck in this leotard for ages in order to encourage and preserve their new shape and hold the newly transferred fat in place until it settles. You’ll have seen celebrities who’ve had fat transfer procedures, usually to their butt, and if it’s not held in place until it settles it can appear puckered and lumpy.
When I look in the mirror there’s an improvement. It’s not perfect, but throughout the consultation period and build up to surgery I’ve been well informed that we’re not striving for perfection here, we’re looking at making a visible improvement to the appearance of each breast in the area affected by each scar. There’s a definite indentation which Dr Dutta tells me is the scar trying to stick itself back together – let’s not forget that I’ve had these scars since 2012, they’re not going to give in that easily. We assess the situation and jointly decide that we’re looking at an improvement of around 60% and that more sculpting and remodelling can be done in the next round of surgery.
The one thing I have noticed is that I’ve gone up two cup sizes since this procedure, you know what I look like and you know my shape, I’m straight up and down and quite boyish / athletic in shape which is something I’ve gotten used to so it’s a big change for me and one I’m not too sure I’m comfortable with. In my head I’m already wishing the downtime was over so I can get in the gym and train them back down to a manageable size. Maybe it’s just the swelling, they are after all very bruised.
In terms of the shape of each breast, there’s a definite improvement there, where they once were square underneath and grossly gauged (remember the shark bite analogy?) There is now a definite hint at a curve, it might be interrupted a little by some tethering but the shape is definitely emerging and I can begin to see that there’s some hope for this story and a dull light at the end of this long dark tunnel. Something I never thought was possible, is taking shape.