Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery @ Policlinico San Donato

Plastic Surgery Unit of the Policlinico San Donato Institute carries out Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery in order to improve conditions resulting from neoplasms, breast reconstruction, oculo-eyelid pathologies, post-bariatric surgeries, and blemishes.

Our excellence in numbers


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Conditions we take care of at this Department

The main surgical reconstruction activity is aimed at:

  • skin neoplasms;
  • breast reconstruction surgery;
  • oculo-eyelid pathologies (eyelid ptosis; ectropion; entropion);
  • weight loss outcomes in bariatric surgery (abdominoplasty, brachioplasty, thighs – both lifting);

Plastic and reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery 
The Policlinico San Donato Institute is aimed at all patients who need breast surgery procedures, both reconstructive with direct agreement and consulting with Departmen of Breast Care of ASST Melegnano-Martesana and aesthetic, after demolition oncological operations (mastectomies), or to increase the volume of breasts that have an unwanted shape.

Breast tissue expansion
After mastectomy, breast reconstruction is possible in the same first surgery with the introduction of expander tissue behind the pectoralis major muscle or in front with prepectoral reconstruction, and with the expansion the necessary tissue can be obtained to explant the expander and implant the prosthesis during the second intervention.
Breast augmentation
It is possible to obtain an increase in breast volume through introduction of breast implants. This type of intervention is indicated to adapt the contralateral breast in breast reconstruction or for asymmetrical, hypoplastic, or breasts ptosis due to prolonged breastfeeding.
Breast lipofilling
Lipofilling technique is a safe surgical procedure that does not involve allergy risks and not associated with oncological risks. Using this technique in post-mastectomy breast reconstruction allows aging and modification of the new breast similar to the contralateral. Lipofilling technique can be used for  breast augmentation without prosthesis or obtein an “hybrid technique” with prosthesis and lipofilling together.
It uses the patient's own fat, to give definition and volume to the breast with a natural appearance and without presence of any foreign objects, such as a breast implant. Advantages, in this case, are represented by the fact of having a breast made of own tissues, without foreign materials and without the risk of developing allergies.

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Meet our team

Head physician

Dino Zilio

Plastic surgeon
Dino Zilio
Policlinico San Donato

The Policlinico San Donato Research Hospital is the largest and most renowned Italian center specialized in the field of cardiovascular treatments. The hospital is accredited by the Italian National Health Service (SSN) and is home to the Degree Course in Medicine and Surgery, in collaboration with the Università degli Studi di Milano.

Founded in 1969 and extending over 50,000 square meters in the south-eastern part of Milan, the multi-specialty healthcare institution is a leader in Italy and among best centers in Europe as for the amount as well as for the complexity of performed cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology procedures in children (>1,000 procedures per year) and adult patients (>1,000 surgical interventions and 6,000 interventional cardiology procedures). The San Donato’s Arrhythmology and Electrophysiology Unit delivers one of the highest numbers of cardiac ablations in the world (>1,400 per year). San Donato has a research center aimed at studying of the heart and blood vessels in adults and children and searching of new prevention and treatment methods that has been recognized by the Italian Ministry of Health as a Scientific Institute for Research, Hospitalization and Health Care (IRCCS).

San Donato is a pioneer of international cooperation and a founder of charity missions for the treatment of children with congenital heart diseases that are run in collaboration with the association “Bambini Cardiopatici nel Mondo”. Thanks to this project more than 3,000 children all over the world have received their treatment.

Since 2019, Policlinico San Donato has become home to the National Institute for Obesity Cure (INCO), a national reference center with a multidisciplinary approach for the diagnosis and treatment of obesity. Thanks to the INCO, dietary, psycho-behavioral and surgical treatments are carried out together with the most innovative video-assisted laparoscopic and mini-invasive techniques.