Breast Reconstruction: What Is DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction & Is It Right for You?

Young woman happily gardening after breast reconstruction surgery

In recent years, studies by organizations such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons have shown that less than 23% of women who undergo mastectomies are aware of just how many options they have for breast reconstruction.

At our Tallahassee plastic surgery practice, this procedure helps women rediscover confidence in life-changing ways, helping them feel at home in their bodies once again.

DIEP flap reconstruction is just one of the many, many options you have available to you. In this blog post, we’ll share more about how this procedure works, why it is beneficial, and whether it may be your best option for restoring a look that feels like you.

How Does DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction Work?

“DIEP” stands for the deep inferior epigastric perforator artery, which runs through your abdomen. During a DIEP flap procedure, your plastic surgeon uses tissue taken from your lower abdomen to reconstruct your breast. The tissue is meticulously reattached through microsurgery, an advanced approach that requires special training and expertise.

The incisions for the surgery run low on the abdomen, which allows your surgeon to remove the harvested tissue and tighten the remaining skin for a contouring effect similar to a tummy tuck.

What Are the Benefits of DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction?

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Chris DeRosier specializes in microsurgery and DIEP flap procedures, so women here in Tallahassee don’t have to travel to other major metro areas to enjoy the procedure’s many benefits. These benefits include:

  • Preservation of abdominal muscles compared to other flap methods
  • Creation of natural-looking, long-lasting results
  • Use of tissues only from your own body
  • Addition of abdominal contouring results

For many women, these benefits make DIEP flap procedures a better choice than tissue expansion. However, each case is unique, and it’s best to work closely with your surgeon to determine the best approach for you.

Are You a Candidate for DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction?

You may be a candidate for DIEP flap reconstruction if you have enough abdominal tissue to harvest. In many cases, even thin women do have enough tissue to qualify.

Despite what you may have heard or read previously, this approach is typically still an option for women who have gone through radiation therapy. It can be performed immediately after a mastectomy or delayed until you are ready to move forward.

Your Breast Reconstruction Journey

Choosing breast reconstruction is an immensely personal decision, and you deserve the partnership of a plastic surgeon who will listen to and support you each step of the way. Southeastern Plastic Surgery’s surgeons are dedicated to building a relationship with you and recommending your most rewarding path forward, whatever that may be.

To see examples of the results you can expect after breast reconstruction, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.

If you would like to learn more about your many breast reconstruction options from a plastic surgeon here in Tallahassee, please contact us online or call (850) 219-2000.

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