Breast reconstruction procedures are used for women who have had a mastectomy, losing one or both breasts, or for women who, due to a congenital or developmental abnormality, lack breasts. The benefits of this procedure include a symmetric appearance of the breasts, a boost in self-confidence, and better fitting clothes, all while maintaining the body’s proportions.*
With breast reconstruction surgery, multiple operations are performed over a 6-9 month period. The first procedure involves a tissue expander, which is a temporary implant that creates a breast mound. Tissue expanders are inflatable and gradually stretch the muscle and skin, creating room for a more permanent breast implant.
The second aspect of breast reduction consists of the exchange of the tissue expander with the final implant. Lastly, during the final implant placement (or at a future date), a nipple is constructed on the breast mound.
General anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation is used for this procedure at hospitals and outpatient facilities. The recovery time is usually 2-6 weeks.
As a general surgeon, Dr. David Boudreault has experience removing cancer; as a plastic surgeon, he has also reconstructed areas of the body affected by cancer. He can work with your oncology team to give you the best results possible.*
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Boudreault, give us a call or visit us at our convenient Palo Alto location.
*Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.