Length Stage 1: Tissue Expander Placement, 2 to 4 hours including mastectomy. Stage 2: Tissue expander exchange to final implant with fat grafting, 1.5 to 2 hours. Stage 3: Nipple reconstruction with additional fat grafting, 1.5 hours.
In/Outpatient Stage 1: 1 to 2 day hospital stay; Stage 2 and 3: Outpatient.
Recovery Daily living may be resumed immediately. Return to non-strenuous work, with lifting limited to 10-lbs. or less, may be resumed in 2-4 weeks. No forceful pushing, pulling, or repetitive upper body movements for 3 weeks. Visible reduction in scarring should be obvious in 6 to 24 months. Bruising to the affected area should last no more than 2 to 4 weeks. Moderate to significant swelling may be apparent for up to 4 weeks, with subtle to mild swelling possible for 2 to 3 months, depending upon the extent of the procedure.
Duration of Results Tissue expander will be replaced by permanent prosthesis in 3 to 6 months. Implants may require replacement or removal at some point in the future. Results of the procedure are intended to last years/decades.