Expert Breast Reconstruction at Elite Plastic Surgery

Breast reconstruction surgery often forms the final steps in your breast cancer recovery process. Elite Plastic Surgery is pleased to offer second-stage breast reconstruction. During second-stage reconstruction surgery, our plastic surgeons can fine-tune your first surgery with nipple or areolar reconstruction, expander-to-implant exchange, scar revision of the breast and donor site, liposuction to improve the shape and appearance, fat grafting, breast lift surgery, implant adjustment, flap sculpting, and a number of other revision options, so you can enjoy appealing and natural-looking results. A second-stage surgery is generally performed three months after the first breast reconstruction. If you would like more information about this process, please call and speak with one of our friendly patient coordinators to schedule a consultation with Dr. Torabi.

Our Surgical Requirements

Your second-stage surgery will follow your initial breast reconstruction, and the surgical technique used will be dependent on which type of revision surgery is needed to recreate and reshape your breast(s). This breast reconstruction surgery may require an overnight stay at the hospital or surgical center. 

Second-stage surgery can also be completed at a later date and/or postponed if the patient needs to have radiation therapy or if her health declines before the scheduled surgery. When you visit our welcoming Chandler or Phoenix offices, a member of our patient care team will be sure to guide you to the treatment option that’s ideal for you and your needs.

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The Recovery Process

Once you have had your second-stage surgery, our recovery room nurses will help you manage your pain, monitor your progress, and maintain your incision care. You will also be shown how to care for your incisions properly to limit the amount of scarring from the surgery. Rather than pain, most patients experience a dull ache for a couple of days following the breast surgery procedure. 

This is especially true if the implant has been placed underneath the muscle. Analgesics and muscle relaxants will be prescribed for use, if necessary, and you may be required to wear a supportive bra, both day and night. 

Your recovery period will last for about one to six weeks (including periods of breast tenderness), and we’ll be sure to schedule follow-up appointments to ensure that you’re healing comfortably and properly. Strenuous activity should be avoided for a six-week period, but light activity can begin as early as four weeks.

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Follow-Up and Considerations

Your plastic surgeon will discuss any specific risks or complications associated with breast surgery prior to the procedure. General risks with breast reconstruction are low, but patients should be made aware of minor bruising following the surgery, along with associated swelling and tenderness. Wound breakdown and infection can be a problem, especially in tobacco users, or if aftercare and follow-up treatments are not adhered to properly.

This can potentially result in abnormal scarring. Specific, uncommon problems caused by the breast reconstruction surgery can include collection of fluid around the implant, wrinkles or ripples in the skin, loss in sensation in the breast and nipple area and contraction of the capsule where the implant is placed, tissue hardening, and flap loss. Any concerns or continuing discomfort following breast reconstruction should be addressed with the surgeon as soon as possible.

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At Elite Plastic Surgery, we understand that making the decision to have breast reconstruction surgery is a big step in your physical transformation. Our breast reconstruction specialists have extensive experience with second-stage reconstruction and will offer you a compassionate and caring hand as they guide you through the final stages of your journey. When you’re ready to learn more, reach out to Elite Plastic Surgery and set up your consultation with a member of our team today.

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