The process of breast reconstruction can take from 6 months to 1 year. After the first stage of Breast Mound Reconstruction, you have to wait at least 3 months before performing the next step, followed a few months later by a Nipple Reconstruction.
There are many ways that a nipple can be created. The most common method used includes a C-V flap, which only uses the tissues already on your breast mound, or skate flaps, which often require a small skin graft from elsewhere (usually the lower belly). Either method can result in a nipple reconstruction that is adequate in size to match the other nipple.
WHO SHOULD CONSIDER THIS TREATMENT?
Irrespective of when you underwent a mastectomy, you can still opt for breast reconstruction. The options include a tissue expander and implant method, or using your own tissue, such as a TRAM flap.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
The Essential Facts
- Length of Procedure: Up to 1 hour
- Anaesthesia: Local, sometimes with light sedation (twilight anaesthesia)
- Inpatient / Outpatient: Day case
- Time off from work: 1 to 3 days
- Getting back to normal/sport: 1 to 4 weeks.