Breast Reconstruction attempts to restore a breast to its near normal shape, appearance and size following a mastectomy. The procedure may involve the use of a tissue expander, implant or your own tissue. Dr. DiFrancesco works closely with your breast surgeon and oncologist to determine if reconstruction immediately following your mastectomy might be appropriate. In certain situations reconstruction may be delayed to complete your cancer treatment. Dr. DiFrancesco may recommend the use of tissue substitutes for grafting or implant to optimize your outcomes.
Nipple Reconstruction or Areola tattooing may complete your reconstruction. A breast augmentation, lift, or reduction may be suggested in the opposite breast to match the reconstructed breast. Breast reconstruction is an inpatient procedure under general anesthesia. Recovery is an ongoing process with full recovery in 4-6 weeks.