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Questions about Mastectomy with Flap Reconstruction.
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|5/12/2012||I had DIEP stage 1 reconstructive surgery last summer. The damage from my previous mastectomy was significant. I had tissue expanders put in during the mastectomy and developed a massive infection. I was hospitalized 15 nights and the expanders were removed. The sutures were opened so we had to pack the wounds for months before they healed. The plastic surgeon was amazing, and I now have two healthy flaps. The downside is that the skin around the flaps is fragile and mottled. The flap incisions are right where I would anticipate nipples being tattooed on. Can a tattoo be placed over the incision? I am wondering if I should ask that the incision lines be revised at my final surgery this summer so that they are higher on the flap. I don't even know if that can be done. Thanks for sharing your perspective.|
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|5/12/2012||your plastic surgeon will determine if any revisions to the scars are needed but to answer your question the answer is YES, tattooing can be done right where the scar lines are. glad you finally have healthy new breasts too. take care.|
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