Types of autologous tissue flaps

For some women, a breast implant-based breast reconstruction is not an ideal option. Some women prefer a reconstructive procedure that uses only natural tissue, in which case a flap-based technique is ideal. You may also hear the technique referred to as "autologous tissue flap" reconstruction. It uses a section of your own tissue to re-create the breast mound.

To see real-world examples of flap reconstruction results, please visit our before-and-after gallery.

The flap of skin and fat – and muscle, in some cases – is taken from a certain area of your body, often the abdomen or back. There are various types of flaps, based on the body area they are harvested from, and whether they are dissected with their blood source or have the blood vessels "tunneled" to the breasts.

The following are the various types of autologous tissue flaps:

The DIEP flap is a "free flap" that is dissected from the body along with its blood supply. Our plastic surgeons are extensively trained and experienced in the state-of-the-art microsurgery required to reattach the blood supply. DIEP flaps are often the most natural, most durable and long-lasting autologous reconstruction options. The surgeons at The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery have performed over 600 DIEP flap procedures.

If you are interested in learning more about your breast reconstruction options at our Denver-area practice, please call The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery, at (720) 457-4461, to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons.