Well, it's been a little over six weeks since I had facial feminization surgery with Dr. Spiegel in Boston. I wouldn't say I'm fully recovered yet, especially in places where scars are still clear. However, I'm feeling and looking way better than I was!
The recovery for the surgery was pretty rough. I took two and half weeks off from work and looked like a mess during that time. In the first few days I was so swollen I could barely see, drink, eat, or talk. Heck, it took two weeks to be able to start eating solid food again. The picture on the right was me three days after surgery.
I stayed overnight at the hospital after the surgery. My first night back at home ended up with me getting a slight infection, a fever of 103, and me needing to go to the ER. Fortunately, I had my dad and sister take turns spending time at my house to take care of me for the first week or so.
One of the good parts of how the FFS was done by Dr. Spiegel was that out of the ten incisions I had, seven of them were inside my mouth. Sure it made eating and talking a real pain for a few weeks, but all those scars won't be all over my face. The worst of the incisions is about 14 inches long and extends from the top of one ear, goes across my hairline, and goes all the way to the top of my other ear. Also, my scalp will still be numb for about 6 to 8 months.
It's striking to see the before and after pictures of the different angles of my face. You can see the differences the most in my nose, brow depth, chin, cheeks, and jawline. This may not be 100% how I end up looking since I'm still only six weeks post op. I did these before and after pictures with a relaxed face so you could more clearly see the details.
I have one other last bit of good news. My next next surgery, breast augmentation, got moved up three weeks by the doctor and I'll be having it in just one month from today! Here's hoping that recovery should be a bit easier than what I just went through. I'm really excited for it!