2. Autogenous reconstruction is where tissue from other areas of the woman’s body is used to create the breast mound. Tissue is moved from the back, buttocks, thighs or abdomen to the chest where it is shaped under the skin to make the new breast.
Because this tissue is alive and natural, it provides the most normal shape and feel to the reconstructed breast. Autogenous reconstruction is a major surgery, and you have to stay in hospital at least one night. You’ll normally have some scarring where tissue is removed from your body and the new breast is likely to change shape and size in the first few months. Once the breast has settled to its final shape and size, your surgeon can, if needed, perform a nipple reconstruction. This can involve taking part of the nipple from your remaining breast to attach it to the new breast, and tattooing color onto the skin.
Once you are happy, the operation can begin and the implants placed. Stitches are used to seal the incision and a dressing placed to temporarily cover the area. Breast augmentations are usually an outpatient surgery and most patients go home to rest and recover the same day. However, some cases will require an overnight stay.