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Secondary procedures

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.

Surgery on the opposite breast

Achieving symmetry with the newly reconstructed breast may be done through a breast reduction, breast lift, or breast enlargement with an implant.

Implant reconstruction revisions

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 revisions

Flap reconstruction procedures frequently require a second surgery to achieve the final breast contour and create the nipple areola.

Nipple areola reconstruction

Creating the nipple areola is the final surgical component to breast reconstruction, involving the formation of a nipple mound.

Nipple areola tattooing

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.