Dating after mastectomy reconstruction
If your nipple is removed during the mastectomy, nipple reconstruction is usually performed as a minor procedure several months after your breast reconstruction is complete.
Implants are often used in reconstructive surgeries following a mastectomy.
You may be in the hospital overnight for an implant reconstruction, or up to a week or longer for a reconstruction with your own tissue.
Your doctor will prescribe pain medication during the healing process.
For some time, you may be instructed not to sleep on your side or stomach.
Visible scarring on your breasts, even after reconstruction, is normal.