​​​​After Your Operation

On this page, you can read all about what to expect during your hospital stay. Or, just click on one of the links below, to get the answer you want right now.


Wh​at will happen right after my operation?
  • You will have dressings on your surgical incisions.
  • You will be given a brochure outlining how to take care of your surgical site at home and any limitations along with dressing supplies.
How will I feel after my operation?
  • Generally, since no general anesthesia is required, you will not feel any different after your procedure.
  • Typically, local anesthetic is applied to the breasts to recreate the nipple/areola. However, many patients have reduced breast sensation following their previous reconstruction surgeries and require little to no local anesthetic at all.
How can I take care of myself after my operation?
  • At home, you will be able to complete your activities of daily living (e.g., walking, toileting, getting dressed and personal hygiene).
How long will I stay in hospital?
  • ​No hospital stay is required if your procedure is performed in a clinical setting.
  • If your procedure is completed in the operating room, you can expect to be discharged the same day of your operation.
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