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Patient Timeline Section: Joanne

Below, you’ll find text that corresponds with the sample set of timeline assets from a patient named Joanne. We’d like the design to include room for a very brief overview of the entire case and timing and commentary for each set of photos.

Case Overview

Joanne presented for bilateral mastectomies and chose to undergo immediate breast reconstruction with latissimus dorsi (LD) flaps and expander-implants. Her breast reconstruction required four stages in total, including fat grafting and nipple areola tattooing.
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Before Stage One: Preoperative markings for bilateral mastectomies and latissimus flaps
These images show preoperative markings on her body before her first surgery. Joanne’s first stage included bilateral skin-sparing mastectomies, expander-implant placement, and latissimus dorsi flap breast reconstruction..

The markings on her back indicate the donor site for the natural tissue portion of her breast reconstruction. Each flap includes an oblique crescent of skin. This allows a surgeon to use a circular skin island to reconstruct the nipple and areola.

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Three Months After Stage One: Preoperative markings for bilateral tissue expander implant exchange
This is Joanne before the second stage of her breast reconstruction, three months after the first stage. These presurgical markings are part of her team’s preparation for bilateral tissue expander implant exchanges. Her final implants were placed during the procedure that followed these images.
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Three Months After Stage Two
These images show Joanne three months after her final breast implants were placed. The photos were taken directly before a third stage procedure that included bilateral nipple areola reconstructions and fat grafting to soften the appearance of the upper edges of her implants.
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Three Months After Stage Three
This is Joanne three months after bilateral nipple areola reconstructions and fat grafting. Her surgeon used the modified skate-flap purse string technique to reconstruct her nipples.
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One Year After Stage One: After Nipple Areola Tattoo (Stage Four)
These images show Joanne exactly one year after her mastectomies and initial expander-implant breast reconstruction. Donor site images show her healed latissimus dorsi flap scar. Her latissimus dorsi flap was designed such that the final scar would heal in an oblique orientation. This scar placement helps the scar to fade in the months after surgery.

At this point, Joanne was fully healed from all three surgeries. She underwent nipple areola tattooing to add more natural color to her reconstructed nipples.