Stage Two Breast Reconstruction Surgery (Revision Stage)
By: Courtney Floyd
Breast reconstruction is usually performed in stages. A second surgery—referred to as the "revision stage"—is designed to improve the overall cosmetic appearance. This procedure is typically performed three months after the initial reconstruction as an outpatient procedure.
Watch below as PRMA patient Terri shares her experience with breast revision surgery after her DIEP flap in December. More information on breast revision surgery can be found by clicking here or by reading below.
For flap based reconstruction, revision involves shaping the breasts and making them as symmetric as possible. Fat injections (fat grafting) can be used to address shape deformities and make the breasts look and feel more natural. The donor site scar (the scar from where the tissue was taken) is also revised to minimize its appearance as much as possible. Nipple reconstruction is also performed at this stage whenever possible if the patient did not have a nipple-sparing mastectomy.
For breasts reconstructed with tissue expanders, the tissue expanders are exchanged for permanent implants once breast volume is achieved with routine fills. Two types of breast implants are available to patients: Saline and Silicone. We advise that you speak with your plastic surgeon to decide which implant is best for you. Again, fat grafting can also be performed at this stage to improve the overall breast shape and make the results as natural as possible.
The PRMA surgeons also frequently perform revision surgery on women who are unhappy with results from surgery performed at other institutions. Please contact us here or call our office at 800-692-5565 to schedule a consultation.