What is Flap Breast Reconstruction?

Alternatively, many women can avoid implants altogether by having a “flap reconstruction.” This breast reconstruction method uses a woman’s own tissue from the abdomen, back or buttocks to create the breast mound. Most commonly, lower abdominal tissue (TRAM, or DIEP flap) is used to create a new breast that often feels and looks more natural than one reconstructed using an implant. A secondary effect of this reconstruction is a tummy tuck. The Latissimus Dorsi Flap uses muscle and skin from the back to create the breast mound, often with simultaneous use of an implant to provide additional volume. Either of these flap reconstructions can be performed immediately at the time of mastectomy or in a delayed fashion at a future date.

This 33 year young active woman, 5’4” and 128lb. has 2 children and was diagnosed with left breast cancer and proceeded with modified radical mastectomy and immediate reconstruction using a TRAM Flap followed by chemotherapy treatment. She then had a right breast lift for symmetry followed by a left breast nipple reconstruction and fat grafting about 8 months later. She is seen 5 ½ years post op and may proceed with nipple tattooing to finalize her personal reconstructive goals.

“This comes with heartfelt thanks for being the wonderful human being and doctor that you are.”

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