AUTOLOGOUS BREAST RECONSTRUCTIVE
WHAT IS AUTOLOGOUS BREAST RECONSTRUCTION?
Autologous breast reconstruction is a procedure in which tissue (including fat and skin) is taken from another part of the body, and used to reshape the breast. The tissue may be taken from the abdominal area, the back, buttocks, or thighs. In the case of a DIEP flap reconstruction, the tissue is taken from the lower abdomen. Although fat and tissue is removed, the abdominal muscles are left intact.
WHY OPT FOR THE PROCEDURE?
The procedure is often performed at the same time as a mastectomy. It can also be done after a mastectomy and any other treatments for breast cancer have been completed.
The procedure is best suited to individuals who have enough extra tissue in the abdominal area.
WHAT DOES THE PROCEDURE INVOLVE?
During a DIEP flap breast reconstruction, fat, skin, and blood vessels are taken from the lower belly and relocated to the chest in order to rebuild the breasts. Dr September will reattach the blood vessels to the chest by means of microsurgery.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
Because skin and fat is removed from the abdomen during the procedure, you can expect to have a flatter and tighter belly following treatment. You will, however, notice a visible scar that stretches from one hipbone to the other, although in most cases it will be below the bikini line.
You can expect to experience some discomfort following surgery, and you will need to spend a few days in the hospital while you recover. We recommend that you wear a surgical bra for around two weeks, and you will need to avoid strenuous exercise for six weeks.
You can expect your reconstructed breasts to feel very similar to natural breasts, because they are made from your own tissue.