Breast reconstruction is used for women who have lost one or both breasts during a mastectomy or who lack breasts due to a congenital or developmental abnormality. The procedure restores a symmetric appearance of the breasts, maintains body proportions, allows clothes to fit better, and most importantly, boosts self-confidence.
The breast reconstruction consists of multiple operations over a 6-9 month period. The first involves creating a breast mound with a temporary implant called a tissue expander. A tissue expander is an inflatable implant that gradually stretches the skin and muscle to make room for a more permanent breast implant.
The second procedure of the breast reconstruction involves the exchange of the tissue expander for the final breast implant. Finally, a nipple is created on the breast mound. This can be done at the time of final breast implant placement or at a future date.
These procedures may be done in the hospital or outpatient facility, using general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation.
Recovery time is typically 2-6 weeks after each procedure.
Dr. Boudreault has been involved in both the removal of cancer as a general surgeon and the reconstruction of areas affected by cancer as a plastic surgeon. He will integrate closely with your oncology team to deliver the best possible result.
Call to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Boudreault and visit us at our convenient Palo Alto location.