The bandages are off and I got to shower. However, they decided to leave the drains in until next week. Apparently they’ve been having to put them back in for others because of fluid build up. So that sucks, but at least I won’t have to deal with ballooning back up. Showering was amazing. No more funky antiseptic smell and much less itching.
I’m pretty swollen, especially toward the abyss in the center of my
chest, so the reveal wasn’t as amazing as I’d hoped, but in time the
swelling will leave and then I can enjoy a comparatively flat chest.
Everything is pretty numb, with some slight tingling sensations when touched. It's a very odd feeling. No pain to speak up, but definite discomfort where the drains are inserted.
reality hasn’t really hit me yet. Probably because the swelling makes
it so that there isn’t a huge difference in size (yet). Also, I have
to keep a tight wrap around my chest for a couple more weeks, so it
still just seems like I’m binding.
I took some photos, but I am
unwilling to share them just yet, I feel really self-conscious. Mostly
because I know it’s all still swollen and funky, but also because it’s
such a new idea to me to share photos of my chest. Once the healing is
much further along, I’ll definitely share.
It looks much
different than any other ftm chest surgery results I’ve seen personally. Because it was the peri-areolar technique, the incisions are only a
couple inches long under the nipples. I have been used to seeing two
long incisions that span nearly the whole chest. I think this method
will be very good in the long run because of the slight scarring, but
for now, it seems as though hardly anything was actually accomplished.