DIEP flap and other autologous reconstruction uses your own tissue to reconstruct your breast. With flap-based reconstruction, you can enjoy results that are natural and long-lasting without the use of an implant.
Experienced plastic surgeons Dr. Jeremy Williams and Dr. Christopher Williams have the necessary training and experience to perform these flap procedures, and they are personally committed to providing exceptional care. To schedule a consultation, please call The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery at (720) 457-4461.
What Is Autologous Flap Reconstruction?
This breast reconstruction technique transplants a flap of tissue to your breasts, from some other area of your body. The tissue is commonly grafted from the belly, back, thighs or buttocks. Tissue flaps are differentiated by which tissues are grafted and from where. Types of tissue flaps include:
The blood supply of a flap must be retained so that the tissue can survive. There are two ways of doing so:
Pedicle flaps. The blood supply attached to a pedicle flap is not cut from the body. Instead, the arteries and veins are tunneled to the breast reconstruction site.
Free flaps. The blood supply of a free flap is completely cut from the body so that our plastic surgeons can move the entire transplant of tissue to recreate a breast mound. Using highly specialized microsurgery, our surgeons reattach the blood supply to the new site.
The DIEP flap is the most common type of free flap. If you are interested in a DIEP flap reconstruction, you should seek out plastic surgeons like Dr. Christopher Williams and Dr. Jeremy Williams. This procedure requires specialized surgical experience – our physicians were trained together in this type of surgery. Both of our plastic surgeons are adept in microsurgery, which involves using a surgical microscope to transplant and reattach blood vessels.
Autologous Tissue Flap Candidates
Autologous tissue breast reconstruction can be a good option in many different situations, such as:
- First-time cancer diagnosis
- BRCA positive (high-risk for developing breast cancer)
- Removal of prior breast implants that have failed or are painful
- Prior lumpectomy and radiation
Our experienced and caring plastic surgeons will help you determine if you are a good candidate for this breast reconstruction method. We will also discuss how your flap-based reconstruction will be planned along with your mastectomy. Based on your cancer and your general surgeon's assessment, you can choose a skin-sparing or nipple-sparing mastectomy prior to reconstruction.
For most women, it is necessary to place a tissue expander beneath the skin at the same time as your mastectomy. The expander stretches the skin and enlarges the breast pocket. Once this phase is complete, the expander and any surrounding scar tissue is removed. The flap reconstruction is then performed.
Every woman has a right to be informed of all of her reconstructive breast options, including her candidacy for autologous flap-based reconstruction. To schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons in Lone Tree, Colorado, please call The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery at (720) 457-4461. We are proud to serve women from Denver and all of the surrounding cities in Colorado and neighboring states.