I had this about 10 years ago. I worked out intensely about two months before to strengthen the core muscles. This helped a lot in the healing process. I remember waking up from this procedure and for me it was very difficult. It took about one week to start to feel human and I think it was close to two weeks before I could take a shower. Once you can walk push to do it. It is a long recovery, but in the end worth it. I never did get a nipple ratio and don’t really want them. Good luck!