Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction rebuilds the shape and appearance of the breast after surgery. Whether undergoing mastectomy for cancer treatment or seeking correction of congenital or traumatic deformities, reconstructive procedures can effectively recreate a natural, beautiful breast contour.
Using advanced techniques in tissue flap surgery and breast implantation, Dr. Pellegrino will thoughtfully reconstruct your breasts to achieve your desired result - whether you're searching for a replenishment of your natural volume or an augmented look, we will work with you to ensure you feel beautiful and confident about your breasts. We offer timely, staged reconstruction coordinated with your other treatments to help renew shape and symmetry.

An overview of Breast Reconstruction

At your breast reconstruction consultation, Dr. Pellegrino will thoroughly explain what to expect before, during, and after your procedure. He will carefully evaluate your anatomy, past surgeries, aesthetic goals, and lifestyle to craft a custom reconstruction plan tailored for you.

Your breast reconstruction may utilize implants, your own tissues through flap techniques, or a combination approach depending on your needs and preferences. Dr. Pellegrino will thoughtfully design all aspects of the reconstructive process during your initial visit, coordinating with your oncologist for optimal timing. His exquisite artistry and surgical skills draw from decades of experience helping restore form and symmetry through breast reconstruction.

What breast reconstruction can accomplish:

Breast reconstruction performed by an expert plastic surgeon like Dr. Pellegrino will:
  • Recreate the natural size, shape and feel of the breasts after mastectomy
  • Regain symmetry to your breasts after a single mastectomy or deformity
  • Restore proportion and feminine contours to the chest
  • Replace volume, fullness and definition lost from breast removal
  • Correct congenital defects or deformities affecting breast shape
  • Revise unsatisfactory results from past reconstructive surgeries

Commonly asked questions

Who is a good candidate for breast reconstruction?

Anyone needing restoration of breast shape after mastectomy or deformity correction is a potential candidate, as long as they are relatively healthy.

What is the longevity of reconstructed breasts?

With implants, the lifespan is similar to augmentation, often 10-15 years or longer. Maintenance and revisions may still be needed over time.

What to expect during recovery

Breast reconstruction is a significant procedure, and you can expect a recovery period lasting weeks to months as you heal. Initially, you may experience swelling, bruising, drainage, discomfort, and tightness in the breast area. Your activity will be restricted to allow proper healing, and you may need to wear a surgical bra for support. Recovery time depends on the extent of reconstruction needed and the techniques used. With implants alone, it may be a few weeks, while reconstruction using autologous flaps requires longer healing of the donor site as well. Dr. Pellegrino and his dedicated staff will provide a customized recovery regimen to help you gradually return to normal activities. They will guide you through the entire process, offering support and insights during follow-up appointments throughout your recovery period.

Is a breast lift right for you?

If you would like to discuss having a breast reconstruction, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pellegrino to determine the best individual treatment plan for you. Generally, most adults are candidates for breast reconstruction, as long as they are physically healthy. It is important to have a realistic expectation of what a breast reconstruction can accomplish, and what size and profile are right for your body. Dr. Pellegrino's expert insight will help determine the best fit for you so you can feel beautiful and confident about your breasts.

Meet Dr. Pellegrino

Dr. Pellegrino is board-certified in plastic surgery and a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. His 30 years of experience in cosmetic surgery allows him to create individualized custom treatment plans for each client, leading to beautiful, natural results.

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