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.
*Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.