Secondary Procedures in New Orleans, LA

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What are secondary reconstructive procedures?

New Orleans, LA plastic surgeon Dr. Mark W. Stalder helps his patients achieve the best possible results following the loss of a breast due to breast cancer treatment, traumatic injury, or birth defect. Dr. Stalder will help you decide what works best for your needs. There is often a need for secondary reconstructive procedures, like nipple reconstruction, fat grafting, revision surgery, laser scar revision, and nipple tattooing. Please contact Stalder Plastic Surgery to learn more about how we can help rebuild your appearance after breast loss.

Learn More About secondary reconstructive procedures

Secondary procedures are often necessary after breast reconstruction. These procedures help to improve the aesthetic and symmetry of the breasts and the tissue donor sites. Please call Stalder Plastic Surgery in New Orleans, LA today to learn about secondary reconstruction procedures. We will schedule your appointment for a complete evaluation and a personal consultation with Dr. Stalder at your earliest convenience.

Nipple Reconstruction

This is the final step following a non-nipple sparing mastectomy. Combining surgical and medical tattoo techniques provides the look of a nipple and areola.

Fat Grafting

Using liposuction, fat is harvested from one area of the body and injected into the restored breast. This procedure improves the contour and volume of the breast.

Revision Surgery

Any type of surgery used to correct problems related to previous breast surgery. Types include breast reconstruction, nipple and areolar reconstruction, mastopexy (breast lift), implant augmentation, removal, or exchange.

Laser Scar Revision

Dr. Stalder has developed a comprehensive scar management program that includes immediate and long-term care to minimize scarring. This laser treatment is ideal for patients with hypertrophic (raised) scars, especially those resulting from surgical incisions. The laser wavelength can be adjusted to target optimal skin depth and microscopic treatment zones, allowing complete customization to meet each patient's needs. Patients will see a noticeable improvement after just one treatment, but a series of three treatments at six-week intervals is recommended to achieve optimum results.

Nipple Tattooing

After a mastectomy or breast reconstruction, where the nipple and areola might be removed, we offer cosmetic tattooing. This procedure can recreate the appearance of the nipple and areola by adding natural tones, pigment, and shadows to the skin for enhanced aesthetics. For symmetry, when tattooing one nipple, we closely match the remaining nipple. When both nipples are tattooed, an image of the breasts before the mastectomy can help obtain the best results.

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How soon after my breast reconstruction can I schedule a secondary reconstructive procedure?

Typically, it's advised to wait 6 – 12 months after your initial breast reconstruction before considering a secondary procedure. This interval allows your body to fully heal and the results of the first surgery to stabilize. Dr. Stalder will assess your specific situation to determine the best timing for a secondary reconstruction.

How will secondary breast reconstruction affect sensation in my breasts?

Secondary breast reconstruction may affect breast sensation, with potential changes or reduced sensitivity. The extent of this varies from patient to patient. While some might experience a decrease in sensation, others may see gradual improvement over time. During your consultation, Dr. Stalder will discuss the likely outcomes based on the techniques used in your reconstruction.

Can I have multiple reconstructive procedures at the same time?

Combining multiple reconstructive procedures in one surgical session is possible, depending on your health and the complexity of the procedures. This approach can minimize overall recovery time. Dr. Stalder will build your plan with a focus on your safety and optimizing your results.

Dr. Stalder and his staff are awesome very professional and compassionate. Dr. Stalder, Abby & Jess treated me like family. I am very satisfied with my surgery & reconstruction Dr. Stalder is the best.Dr. Stalder explained everything in detail and what to expect regarding my double mastectomy & reconstruction. Dr. Stalder is the best.

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I had a double mastectomy with implants at Ochsner in 2021/2022. Post-surgery, I had chronic pain and my breasts were extremely hard and deformed. I was told for months that “It will get better” or “Give it a few more months”; however, the pain and discomfort never went away and I felt dismissed and unheard from my treatment team at Ochsner. I found Dr. Stalder through an internet search and made an appointment for consultation. Around October of 2022, we first met in his office where I voiced my symptoms and complaints and Dr. Stalder gave me what he thought my diagnosis was: capsular contracture. I thought he was crazy as my own plastic surgeon from Ochsner never once mentioned those words and Stalder had not even examined me. When I left, I searched capsular contracture on the internet and found that all of the photos showing this looked just like my breasts. I quickly booked the surgery with Dr. Stalder. Dr. Stalder performed my explant and flap surgery in January of 2023. I was told that I would likely need someone to stay with me for at least a week post-surgery. However, I was able to return home alone with friends to check on me for any needs. I went back to work in four weeks (six weeks is usually recommended). My second surgery to “smooth everything out and rearrange my nipples” was in June 2023. It was a same-day surgery and I was back to work in six days. I have had nothing but wonderful experiences at Dr. Stalder’s office. From Jessica at the front desk to Abbie (his PA) and most of all Dr. Stalder. He knows what he’s doing and his precision is excellent. He saved me from chronic pain and the thought that my breasts were always going to be deformed after my mastectomy. I would absolutely recommend him over and over again.

R.P. Google

Very caring doctor and staff. Extremely knowledgeable and helping breast reconstruction with several options. Just a wonderful wonderful doctor. You cannot go wrong with this doctor and his staff

D.K. Google

The best dr without a doubt and the staff is amazing. He was amazing with my surgery and my recovery.

M.C. Google

The office is beautiful and Dr. Stalder is a gem! Truly caters to your every need! I cannot recommend him enough!

D.L. Google


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