Breast reconstruction is inherently staged. Patients almost always require more than one surgery to obtain the optimal outcome - even in those cases where reconstruction is performed immediately following mastectomy.
Achieving symmetry with the newly reconstructed breast may be done through a breast reduction, breast lift, or breast enlargement with an implant.
Common revisions to implant reconstruction include surgery to address countour abnormalities, rippling, or a buildup of scar tissue around the implant for those patients who have undergone radiation.
Flap reconstruction procedures frequently require a second surgery to achieve the final breast contour and create the nipple areola.
Creating the nipple areola is the final surgical component to breast reconstruction, involving the formation of a nipple mound.
The finishing touch to breast reconstruction is having your nipple areola tattooed, which is a simple, fast procedure that can take as little as 15 minutes and is normally done in your plastic surgeon's office.