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Jan 30, 2008 09:56PM
Mar 11, 2008 01:26PM
Tina stage two all depends on the skill of the surgeon during stage one, and on how your body settles and heals.
For me, I had stage two 10 weeks after stage one. All that was done on stage two is dog ear revision to my hip, using the ab scar to create my nipples, and a small lift of the inframmamory folds to make the breasts sit higher, and rounder.
My stage two I was in the OR for about 3 hours, in the recovery room for an hour or two, and then was home. I felt shitty maybe for the first three days, and then I was totally fine. No drains or anything, just caring for the nipples. I took pain meds for a day, and then tylenol was fine.
three months later I had tattooing done, and then repeated it probably 6 weeks later, to achieve a darker pigment.
About a year later, I gained weight, and I felt like even though my abdomen was still tight and flat, the very center kind of had a little bump. I also didn't like the way the center of my ab scar healed, it looked a little bigger where the old belly button was. I also decided I wanted to beef up my right nipple a bit, so me and my PS hit the OR for an hour, and I was home in 2 hours, and it literally took a few days to heal.
Whats important to remember is that it may take several surgeries, regardless of the procedure you have performed, to achieve the asthetic result that you desire. You shouldn't stop until you've reached that goal.
Always look at reconstruction as a work in progress. It may have some hicups along the way, and some days it may feel like you've bit off more than you can chew... but in the end, for so many women, the outcome is totally worth every cut, stitch, drain, and lifting restriction.
Be your own hero