Breast Reconstruction Options
For women facing breast cancer and/or a mastectomy, understanding your breast restoration options can offer a sense of hope and well-being. As reconstruction techniques advance, many women now benefit from procedures which use their own natural, body tissue to create more natural looking results than ever before.
DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction
Using an advanced technique called the deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap breast reconstruction, plastic surgeon Dr. O’Neill will replace the breast tissue removed during mastectomy with tissue from the abdomen, reattaching it to the blood supply using microsurgical techniques. Unlike with other reconstruction techniques, no abdominal muscle strength is sacrificed with a DIEP flap reconstruction.
Incisions used in DIEP Flap breast restoration are much like those used in a tummy tuck operation, a lower abdominal incision that can be covered easily by many underwear styles. The procedure also offers the advantage of a trimmer, slimmer abdomen, which many women appreciate after surgery.
For women without ample abdominal tissue, other areas of the body can be used to graft tissue. Though not everyone will be a good candidate for DIEP flap reconstruction we will discuss all your reconstructive options with you during consultation. Other options include using buttocks tissue (iGAP and sGAP flaps) and inner upper thigh tissue (TUG flaps) among others.