Natural Breast Reconstruction To Restore Your Body Image
Diep flap reconstruction allows for breast reconstruction using your own natural body tissues. Dr. Lerman specializes in breast reconstruction, including natural breast reconstruction. He has the expertise to perform this procedure on more candidates than many other plastic surgeons.View transcript
So, when you're deciding what type of breast reconstruction to have or who to do your breast reconstruction, the most important thing is to go to a plastic surgeon that can offer you all types of reconstruction. Most plastic surgeons do not do what we call autologous tissue reconstruction, where you use your own tissue to create a breast mount. A deep flap is when we transplant a tissue, usually from the belly, including the blood vessels that keep that tissue alive, to create a new breast mount instead of using a breast implant. The benefits of using your own tissue, such as a deep flap, are that for the rest of your life the tissue looks more natural and it feels more natural and it never has to be revised, unlike a breast implant. Which usually have to be fixed or updated over the course of your life multiple times. A deep flap preserves the muscle in your belly to minimize the risk of having any type of weakness or bulge in the abdominal wall. Those of us who specialize in perforator flaps to do breast reconstruction use a deep flap as one of the primary methods to do this type of reconstruction. If you're not a candidate for deep flap, but you still want to use your own tissue, there are other locations on your body where we can get extra skin and fat. Again, the whole point of going to somebody that specializes in breast reconstruction and specializes in perforator flaps is that we are not limited to one particular type of flap. Using a combination of locations from the body we can usually make sure that if you want to use your own tissue, there is an available location to take it from. The recovery time is a lot faster than they might think. I would say my patients are walking in and out of my office by three weeks and they are feeling fine. Of course, you can't do any strenuous physical activity and you stay home from work probably from four to six weeks. Certainly, it is not a prolonged recovery that takes many months.