Breast Reconstruction

Candidates For A Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction recreates a breast mound in women who have had their breasts altered or removed by breast cancer surgery. The goal is to rebuild a natural-looking breast that is symmetrical with the other breast. Depending on the circumstances, breast reconstruction can begin immediately after mastectomy or as a delayed procedure, anywhere from several weeks to years following a mastectomy. Breast reconstruction typically requires more than one operative procedure, with additional surgeries to optimize symmetry or rebuild a nipple areolar complex.


*Individual Results May Vary

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Dr. Pittman is available for consultations. Please fill out the form on this page to request a consultation and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you promptly.


A consultation with Dr. Pittman is necessary to determine how to proceed with your procedure, based on your individual needs. Dr. Pittman uses tissue expanders when reconstructing breasts, which requires a staged approach. After a mastectomy (either immediately or after a delay), Dr. Pittman places the expander inside the chest wall. Over the following weeks, as you heal, a saline solution is added to the expander, ultimately creating a pocket in which a saline or silicone breast implant can be inserted. The final step is to create the nipple areolar complex.

Breast reconstruction will require inpatient hospital care. Breast reconstruction, including any surgery done to the opposite breast for symmetry, is covered by insurance.

Results & Recovery*

You can plan to go back to work 3 to 4 weeks following your Breast Reconstruction surgery. After the drains are removed avoid physical contact with breasts for 2 to 3 weeks. Your scars will fade over the course of several months, to a year or more.

*Individual Results May Vary 

Take the Next Step – Request A Consultation

To learn if you’re a candidate for a Breast Reconstruction procedure, simply fill out the form on this page to request a consultation at Pittman Plastic Surgery in Athens, GA.  Pittman Plastic Surgery serves the northeast Athens metro region. (706) 549-3203

*Individual Results May Vary