DIEP stands for "deep inferior epigastric perforator," and it refers to some of the blood vessels located in your abdomen. Using a DIEP flap, our experienced breast surgeons can reconstruct breasts after mastectomy. The DIEP flap is a flap of your skin and fat attached to these blood vessels that is taken from the abdomen and then the whole flap is moved to your chest to recreate the breast mound.
Only a very limited number of plastic surgeons are qualified to perform the DIEP procedure. It's highly technical and requires great skill. Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery is proud to have both Dr. Jeremy Williams and Dr. Christopher Williams who were trained together at The Johns' Hopkins Hospital during residency in this type of breast reconstruction. The benefits of this type of breast reconstruction are:
Uses your own natural tissues instead of breast implants
Added benefit of removing excess fat and skin from the abdominal area
Doesn't remove muscle like other types of flaps
The DIEP flap is just one of the techniques used in autologous breast reconstruction, which uses your own tissue to rebuild your breasts after breast cancer surgery. There are several other types of flap surgery, as well as implant-based breast reconstruction for women who would rather use breast implants to restore their breasts. This reconstruction is also ideal for women who may not be ideal candidates for autologous breast surgery.
If you are interested in learning more about DIEP flap breast reconstruction in the greater Denver area, please contact The Breast Center at Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with one of our board certified plastic surgeons.