Steps involved in breast reconstruction
For most patients, breast reconstruction will require two to three surgical procedures.
The first and most involved procedure is the primary reconstruction of the breast mound or breast shape, which may be done in any of several ways. The second procedure usually consists of additional work on the breast shape or placing the permanent implant. Any procedures to make the opposite breast more similar to the reconstructed breast take place at this time. The final step is usually reconstructing the nipple. The location of the nipple is critical to how the breast looks, so placing it is reserved for after all other reconstructive stages have been completed.
Although your specific timetable will differ, a general timetable looks as follows: