Breast cancer is a traumatizing illness with serious consequences for your physical and mental health. Many patients undergo mastectomies or lumpectomies that dramatically alter their breasts.
Those who choose breast reconstruction as part of their healing process often feel overwhelmed by the different surgery options. While many people opt for implants, advancements in breast reconstruction allow you to consider other approaches, such as a DIEP Flap.
A DIEP flap breast reconstruction uses fat and skin tissue from your abdomen to construct new breasts. This type of breast reconstruction is an advanced procedure that only a select group of plastic surgeons are skilled enough to perform.
If you have the opportunity to work with a surgeon who does DIEP flap surgery, there are several benefits to requesting the procedure.
Natural Tissue Breast Reconstruction
During a DIEP flap breast reconstruction, your surgeon will use your body’s fat and skin tissue to reconstruct your breasts. This technique creates breasts made from organic material. Your new breasts won’t feel foreign to your body, so your body won’t reject the reconstructive measures.
Breasts made from natural tissue can often improve a patient’s self-esteem following a mastectomy and affirm their gender expression.
When you get DIEP flap surgery, you often have a flattened abdomen. Plastic surgeons take fat, skin, and blood vessels from your abdomen to construct your new breasts, thus reducing the amount of fat in your stomach region.
Usually, in a DIEP flap breast reconstruction, the surgeon uses the fat and skin from below your navel as breast material. While surgeons base this decision on which area of fat and skin is most similar to your original breasts, it has the fun byproduct of giving you a tummy tuck effect.
Cancer treatments can leave patients with low self-esteem and a poor body image, making this surgery’s flattened abdomen side-effect a special confidence boost.
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Restore Plastic Surgery provides patients with compassionate and skillful breast reconstruction care. If you are interested in a DIEP flap breast reconstruction surgery, please contact us to schedule an appointment with Restore Plastic Surgery.