Revisions are made during the second stage to correct for contour and symmetry of the breasts. An autologous lift surgery can be performed 12 weeks or more beyond first-stage breast reconstruction, and should be delayed until chemotherapy or radiation is completed, if either is required.
The following Second Stage procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis:
- Nipple reconstruction
- Autologous breast lift operation after a nipple-sparing or skin-sparing mastectomy
- Donor site scar revision or contouring with use of liposuction if required: Lowering of the abdominal incision
- Reduction, augmentation or breast lift on opposite side, if required for symmetry
After the second stage operation, patients who have had DIEP breast reconstructive surgery should look like they have undergone bilateral breast enhancement/lift and a tummy tuck.