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Services - Recovery

Latissimus flap recovery

The Latissimus flap surgery involves moving the Latissimus muscle from the back and tunneling it forward to create a breast. Occasionally a tissue expander may be required to supplement the volume of the new breast. During this time patients should avoid heavy lifting or vigorous exercise that could compromise their muscle flap for 6-8 weeks. Walking is a great way to transition back from surgery. Avoiding lifting or pulling anything heavier than a gallon of milk is important as the new breast and back incisions heal. Normally patients have several drains that can be in for a couple of weeks. Patients may shower two days following this surgery, even while the drains are still intact. If a tissue expander was needed, the expansion process will begin several weeks after the initial surgery. Plan for at least several weeks off of work following the Latissimus surgery and if an implant is needed, additional time off work would be needed when the tissue expander is removed and replaced with your permanent implant.

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Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Elisa A. Burgess specializes in Lake Oswego face lift as well as eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), liposuction, tummy tuck and breast augmentation. She serves the entire northwest Portland / Vancouver metro area and beyond.