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How is the first stage of breast reconstruction performed?

Immediately following a mastectomy, the surgeon will create a pouch under the chest muscle. Next, a tissue expander made of silicone is placed in the pouch. The chest remains flat, but after two to three weeks, the surgeon will inject a small amount of saline through a valve into the expander. The surgeon will continue to do this every one to two weeks until the expander slowly enlarges the pouch to the correct size to place the implant. After the allotted time, the permanent breast implant is placed.  

Are there two stages for bilateral breast reconstruction?

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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