Numero Dos

Surgery número dos is scheduled and fast approaching. Yesterday, I had my pre-op appointment at the plastic surgeon’s office. He man-handled the boobs and took notes on what size implants he was ordering for me. My final tissue expander volume is 545 cc’s in each (that’s a little over a pint, about a 32D). So when he was throwing out numbers to his assistant, he cautioned me, “Don’t be alarmed that the numbers don’t match the tissue expanders’ volumes. They don’t directly correlate”. I’m like, “Hey, dude, do what you’ve got to do. You’ve knocked it out of the park so far. I trust you.” (that was my inner dialogue, I don’t really call my surgeon dude.  I probably just nodded).
I talked to the dude about the next steps in this whole process (there are still at least three more procedures).  Obviously, next is getting the gloriously supple silicone gel implants put in, but after that comes the nipple manufacturing.  I don’t know what to do here, because I don’t want a permanent high beam situation, blinding everyone when they stare at my fabulous new knockers.  So he told me I had a few options for nipples (who knew? design your own nipples, coming to a mall near you): don’t do it at all, do a small profile that is created using just my own skin from my scar (I’m imagining these are like those dot candies that are all different colors in rows on paper), do a larger nub using a plastic piece and skin (pencil erasers?), or do a 3D areola tattoo.  Say what?  I guess we would have to get some special 3D glasses made for my husband.  “What’s that, dear?  You want to get down on the get down?  Hold on, let me light a candle.  Here are your glasses.  Go crazy!”  I’m going to have to think about this one a little more.
Luckily, I have some time.  After my implant procedure next month, I’m anticipating a much shorter recovery period than my first surgery.  I think I will be able to hold my girls after about a week, I will get the two (not four this time, thank goodness) drains out after 4 days, and I should be pretty good to go.  Easier said than done, I’m sure.  After that, it will be 6-8 weeks or up to 3 months until I can do the nipple/lipo procedure (which I’m hoping is done before bikini season). So I have some time to decide what kind of candy dots/eraser/avatar style nipples I’m going to get. Decisions, decisions!

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