The doctor will cut away part or all layers of excess skin on top then use it as well-reinforced scaffolding that helps them build up new walls around the breasts needed for structure The average time for recovering from a Latissimus Dorsi Flap operation is 3 to 4 weeks, but you will be unable to do any heavy lifting of more than 10 pounds during this period. 

The surgical team will monitor your blood flow to make sure that you’re recovering well after surgery. You’ll remain under close watch for three or five days, depending on the type of procedure performed and how quickly you are recovering.  Drains placed in the breast and donor area of your abdomen stay put for two to three weeks while you recover at home, but they can be taken out during an office visit. After six weeks (or sooner!) patients may resume their regular activities – some work depending on job requirements-and light exercise!

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