Most breast reconstruction takes place over multiple procedures. Even after an immediate natural tissue flap reconstruction, revision procedures can improve breast contour, volume, and symmetry. Flap revision surgery can take place at any point after the reconstructed breast has healed. It is frequently coordinated with nipple areola reconstruction.
Types of Flap Revision Surgery Procedures
Abdominal Bulge or Hernia Repair
- Revision procedures can take place at any time after initial breast reconstruction has healed, even years later
- Most procedures are performed on an outpatient basis
- A plastic surgeon can help you determine which procedure is right for you
- In many cases, nipple areola reconstruction can be coordinated with flap revision surgery
- Treatments like radiation and chemotherapy impact procedure timing
Risks & Benefits
Flap revision surgery typically carries minimal risk. Specific risks are dictated by the type of revision surgery performed. Revision procedures take place after initial breast reconstruction has fully healed, usually on an outpatient basis.
These procedures are generally well tolerated with an easy recovery period. They can help patients achieve the best possible breast contour.