Breast Reconstruction

Breast Reconstruction surgery is performed after someone has had part or all of the breast removed due to breast cancer. This can be done combined with the cancer surgery (immediate) or months to years after (delayed). Dr. Street only performs implant-based reconstruction. We also often use fat grafting, which is fat taken from the belly with liposuction and placed back into the breasts.

Anesthesia: General
Operative Time: 1-2 hours
Incisions: Based on the cancer surgery incisions
Drains: Yes; 1-2 drains
Recovery Timeline:

  • 1 week – Suture removal; Typical time off work
  • 2 weeks – Drain removal
  • 3 weeks – Resume low-impact exercise
  • 6 weeks – Resume all exercise without restrictions
  • 3 months – Majority of swelling gone and wounds 90% strong
  • 1 year – Final healing

*Please note that each patient and case is unique. Nothing in surgery is a guarantee. Please talk with Dr. Street more in person about your individualized surgical plan. All general anesthesia is performed by a board-certified anesthesiologist.