Prof. Fabio Santanelli di Pompeo

DIEP Flap - Before & After Pictures

Real patient – real results

Francesca, 62 years old, underwent left breast reconstruction with DIEP flap, nipple reconstruction, and, simultaneously, contralateral breast adjustment. The patient’s optimal scarring process led to almost invisible scars on the breast and on the abdomen after one year from the procedure (do not confuse scars with the red marks caused by the pantyhose).

Stefania underwent left breast reconstruction with DIEP flap and left nipple reconstruction, without contralateral breast adjustment, at the age of 43. Picture 2 was taken after four years from the first procedure. In this lapse of time she gained weight and both breasts naturally fattened up, even the one reconstructed with the DIEP flap.

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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.