Autologous breast reconstruction uses your own tissue (fat and skin), harvested from a different area of your body, to re-create your breast mound. This breast reconstruction technique is capable of achieving more natural-looking and durable results than reconstruction with implants alone. For most patients, complete restoration of the breast mound is possible in just a few stages, most of which will take place, right here at our on-site surgery center.
There are a wide range of options for autologous breast reconstruction. After performing an examination, our experienced Colorado breast reconstruction surgeons can help you determine the best method for your needs. You can view images of some of our Autologous Breast Reconstruction in our Before & After Gallery. To learn more about this reconstyruction technique, please call The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery at 720-457-4461 today
What Is a ‘Flap’?
In breast reconstruction, a flap is a piece of your body tissue (skin, fat, and/or muscle) that is moved from one area of your body to your breast(s). Flaps must retain their own blood supply in order to survive the transfer.
There are two main ways flaps can be transferred to build a breast: pedicled – where the blood supply is left intact and “tunneled” to a different location – or free, where the blood supply is cut and then microsurgical reattached. The most common type of pedicled flap is the TRAM (Transverse Rectus Abdominus Myocutaneous), and the most common type of free flap is the DIEP (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator). Our board-certified plastic surgeons are among the few in the nation who have the microsurgical training to perform these free flaps and reconnect the blood vessels.
Types of Autologous Breast Reconstruction
At The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery, we offer a full range of autologous breast reconstruction procedures and techniques, including:
Our board-certified surgeons will discuss your options in detail and recommend the procedure that best meets your needs and expectations.
Perhaps you are considering removing implants from prior breast reconstruction; these flap procedures are an option for you and we can discuss Breast Implant Removal with you as well.
Perforator-Based Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction
Perforator-based microsurgical breast reconstruction is the most state-of-the-art method currently used in breast reconstruction. This method uses techniques that spare your muscles and nerves, aiming to limit damage to the donor site by harvesting only the artery and veins (i.e. the blood vessels that “perforate” your muscles). This leaves your functional muscles in place, instead of having them taken with the flap and leaving more significant damage.
Because this method requires so much extra time and effort, very few plastic surgeons use it – but we do whenever possible, for the benefit of our patients. DIEP flaps, SGAP flaps, and TUG flaps are all examples of perforator-based flaps.
If you live in or around Denver and you are interested in learning more about autologous breast reconstruction surgery in Colorado, please contact The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery through the form on this page or call 720-457-4461 to schedule your initial consultation.