Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction in New Orleans, LA

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What Is Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction?

At Stalder Plastic Surgery, we want to partner with women and help them feel whole again with breast reconstruction surgery. Our plastic surgeon, Dr. Mark W. Stalder, can restore the breasts to a more normal shape, appearance, and size following a mastectomy, lumpectomy, skin alterations from radiation treatment, uneven breasts since birth, ruptured breast implants, or trauma to the breast tissues. Dr. Stalder can rebuild the breast(s) using several techniques, including a direct-to-implant ("one-step" reconstruction) or two-stage implant surgery.

Every patient is different so results and surgical techniques may vary from patient to patient. Our team of compassionate medical professionals can help restore your breast tissue and the self-esteem, sensuality, and quality of life you had before. We would love to sit down with you and discuss all of your options for breast reconstruction at our New Orleans, LA office.


Implant-based breast reconstruction at Stalder Plastic Surgery offers a innovative option for women looking to reclaim their body's appearance following a mastectomy, lumpectomy, or other breast-related procedures. Dr. Mark W. Stalder utilizes advanced techniques to restore the breast to a more normal shape, appearance, and size, with benefits that include:

  • Restoration of breast volume and shape
  • Options for immediate or delayed reconstruction
  • Improved self-esteem and body image
  • Customization to patient needs

What Happens During Implant-based Breast Reconstruction?

Following a mastectomy, Dr. Stalder will either insert a gel implant (direct-to-implant reconstruction) or a temporary tissue expander (two-stage reconstruction) into a pocket formed under the muscle and the remaining skin on the chest wall. In two-stage reconstruction, saline solution is gradually inserted into the tissue expander to stretch the muscle and skin. Once the pocket has reached the desired size, the expander is left in place for 2 – 3 months. Then, the expander is removed and replaced with a silicone gel implant.

During a private consultation at our New Orleans, LA office at Stalder Plastic Surgery, we will discuss all of the options available to you.


Direct-to-implant (DTI) breast reconstruction, often called immediate implant breast reconstruction, is a popular approach to reinstating the breast after mastectomy due to breast cancer treatment or risk reduction. This procedure involves placing a breast implant during the mastectomy in a single stage, eliminating the need for a tissue expander. A single-stage DTI breast reconstruction is ideal for certain patients, as it addresses breast loss during mastectomy in a single operation.

Two-Stage Implant Reconstruction

Two-stage implant-based breast reconstruction is the most commonly performed postmastectomy reconstructive method. In the first stage, a tissue expander creates a pocket with enough space to accommodate the implant. This step aims to establish a solid base for the subsequent implant placement during the procedure's second stage. This method also offers the option to use larger implants if desired.

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Does insurance cover my surgery?

The Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA) of 1998 requires insurance plans that cover breast cancer surgery (mastectomy) to cover reconstruction surgery as well. If you have health insurance, someone from Stalder Plastic Surgery will help you understand your policy and benefits. We can also help you submit needed paperwork to your insurance carrier.

What about nipple reconstruction?

Reconstruction of the nipple and areola are typically performed using cosmetic tattooing. If you're interested in nipple and areola reconstruction, you should ask Dr. Stalder in your consultation. They will explain your options to help you decide whether you want cosmetic tattooing of your nipple-areola complex to be a part of your treatment plan.

Should I have reconstruction with my mastectomy or wait?

The timing of your breast reconstruction is based on several things. Some patients choose to get their reconstruction performed at the same time as their mastectomy, while others prefer to wait. Dr. Stalder suggests you make a consultation following a diagnosis of breast cancer so you can start considering your choices and when you may want reconstruction surgery. If you decide to have reconstruction at the same time as your breast cancer treatment, Dr. Stalder can collaborate with your oncologist to plan your surgery.

From the day I met Dr Stalder he always asked me what I wanted rather than force anything on me. I trusted the process from the start and in the course of a year, the work done to my body is unbelievable. The more I heal the more beautiful everything is. From him to his 5 star staff, they are truly some wonderful people. My breasts look amazing!!! I still can’t believe how it all came together! Anytime I had a question him and his team were there to provide the answers almost in the blink of an eye! I am so honored to have worked with Dr Stalder and his team. I will never forget you all as I continue on with my life. You all were a special part of my breast cancer journey. Waking up to Abby checking on me also warmed my heart. She’s such a sweetheart ! I love you all and pray you continue to do an amazing job with individuals dealing with cancer. You have restored my dignity and helped me to love myself again.

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I have fully recovered from my Diep flap procedure and reconstructive surgery from Dr. Stalder. I could not be happier with the outcome! Initially I was nervous to go thru the surgery because my situation was a little different. I had a prophylactic mastectomy with implants about 10 years ago and after multiple implant replacement surgeries due to issues, I also had a breast implant associated lymphoma scare. I was recommended to and sought consult with Dr. Mark Stalder. Dr. Stalder was able to resolve ALL of my issues! I couldn't be happier and really have appreciated Dr. Stalder and his amazing Team, Jess and Abby! Not only do my breasts look and feel amazing, the areas where tissues was harvested also look amazing, a nice little perk :) Thank you Dr. Stalder, Abby and Jess for everything you have done for me! Tessa

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I had considered having a rhinoplasty for several years but was nervous that I would come out looking like a completely different person. Additionally, I had a severely damaged septum making it difficult to breathe through one side of my nose. After meeting with Dr. Stalder and the exceptional team at Stalder Plastic Surgery I was convinced that I would be in capable hands. Dr. Stalder took the time to listen to my concerns and answered all of my questions. I am currently 6 weeks post op and I could not be happier! Dr. Stalder made the changes that I had wanted for so long while maintaining the integrity of my nose. The subtle changes didn't make me look like a different person but rather a better version of myself! I am thrilled with the results and would absolutely recommend Dr. Stalder and Stalder Plastic Surgery for all of your needs and especially if you are considering surgery. If you are looking for a plastic surgeon, you should absolutely meet with Dr. Stalder. Currently I receive Botox at Stalder Plastic Surgery and I am always pleased with the very natural looking results. The office is stunning and the staff are kind and helpful. While I am not ready for anything else right now, I know that I will not trust anyone else but Dr. Stalder for my future aesthetic needs.

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I was so nervous in the beginning because of what I was going through but Dr Stalder and his team made this process so much better and I thank and appreciate you guys so much God bless ❤️

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I had Botox done by Dr Stalder and it has been the best Botox I’ve ever received. I’ve been to plenty of different kind of providers for Botox but Dr Stalder did the best I’ve ever had. He’s professional but also easy going and easy to talk to about what you’re looking for. Jess and the rest of the staff are great at taking care of you to help you get the appointment that works best for you and making sure you are happy with your results. I’m looking forward to more treatments here at Stalder Plastic Surgery!

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