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Are there two stages for bilateral breast reconstruction?

Many surgeons choose to perform two stages for bilateral breast reconstruction. The first stage is usually done during the lumpectomy or mastectomy, while the second stage is completed after the patient has completed their rounds of chemotherapy or radiation treatments. 

Stage 1: In this stage, the surgeon inserts tissue expanders to preserve the natural shape of the patient's breasts. 

Stage 2: Once the patient has finished additional treatments and the breast tissues have been given time to heal, the surgeon removes the tissue expander and replaces them with permanent breast implants. This stage usually takes place between four to six months after Stage 1.

How is the first stage of breast reconstruction performed?

How long does it take to recover from breast reconstruction surgery?

What does it feel like after breast reconstruction surgery?

Are two stages of bilateral breast reconstruction necessary?

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