I am a three and a half year survivor, who had a mastectomy on the right side and a partial on the left. Went through the chemo scene and herceptin for 15 months. I had an expander placed in the right side and had reconstruction done a year after dx, was told after the surgery, which I was not pleased with, that my mastectomy was aggressive and didn't have enough skin to fill out the implant so I had dents and craters in it. The left side came out beautiful b/c everything was left in place. So two years later I decided to go for the diep flap surgery this past June. The question I have is if anyone else who has had this surgery can advise me as to when does the abdomen stop feeling so tight and stop hurting. I wore a support for about 5 months. Two weeks ago I had to have an implant placed in the right side, after the diep flap, not enough fat from me to match up to the left side. So I am dealing with it, but after diep flap I think any surgery is a cake walk. Still have one more surgery to go and then the tatoo, a light at the end of the tunnel. So if anyone can give me any knowledge as to when to expect for the abdominal area to feel normal again it would be greatly appreciated.