I had “two-step” reconstruction, which involved placing tissue expanders under the pectoral muscles immediately following the mastectomy surgery (the breast surgeon and plastic surgeon worked in tandem). After slowly stretching the muscles and skin over a period of months, another surgery was performed to replace the expanders with implants. My reconstruction involved additional procedures, surgeries, and healing time due to some complications stemming from the mastectomy surgery itself.
I was able to have nipple-sparing surgery and all my incisions have been in the inframammary fold below the breasts so it’s difficult to tell that I’ve had surgery at all. I credit my fine surgeons, Dr. Nima Grissom (mastectomy surgeon) and Dr. Gabriel Kind (reconstructive plastic surgeon), for my wonderful results.