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.

What Are the Benefits of Secondary Breast Reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction is often a necessary step for women who want to regain their confidence and a sense of normalcy following a mastectomy. Secondary treatments allow Dr. Stalder to put the finishing touches on your reconstruction for a more natural appearance. The benefits of secondary breast reconstruction procedures at Stalder Plastic Surgery include:

  • Improves the appearance of the breast(s)
  • Enhances self-confidence and quality of life
  • Allows you to feel more comfortable in a wide variety of outfits
  • Can help reduce the visibility of scars

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.

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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