Prof. Fabio Santanelli di Pompeo

Breast Reconstruction - Before & After Pictures

Real patient – real results


Francesca, 57 years old, affected by breast cancer, was operated on nipple sparing mastectomy i.e. sparing the nipple, areola and breast skin. Simultaneously underwent breast reconstruction with autologus tissues (TDAP fla). Post-op picture shows the natural result one year after surgery.

Expander and Prosthesis

Maria Paola underwent left breast reconstruction with the two-stage expander and prosthesis technique, with left nipple reconstruction and contralateral breast’s shape adjustment (mastopexy), at the age of 37. In picture 2 notice that the breasts have a different inframammary crease. The left one, hosting the prosthesis, is a little less natural.

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Healing is a process that can be considered complete when, finally, you might recognize yourself into your own body, despite unavoidable changes...

In the last decades Plastic Surgery, has become part of the oncologic treatment protocol, as the importance of the reconstructive stage following resection of a diseased body part has been universally recognized. Concerning breast tumor, most advanced hospitals set up a “Breast Unit”, multidisciplinary functional unit composed by different specialists who cooperate to offer to the patient the best opportunity available from medical science, to contrast tumor disease and return to normal life.

There are several breast reconstructive procedures, even though expander and prosthesis is the most known. This web-site is dedicated to women undergoing mastectomy and willing to know all reconstructive opportunities. Main goal is to present “autologous” procedures using live tissues from the patient itself as a sort of “auto-transplant”. Advances in vascular microsurgery and in peri-operative patient care have allowed for outstanding steps forward to restore the female body image.

Once all aspects have been taken into proper consideration, a woman should be assisted during choice with broad information, evaluating pro and cons among any surgical procedure, so she can decide what is best for her.