DIEP flap breast reconstruction is the most advanced form of breast reconstructive available today. DIEP flap breast reconstruction, which stands for Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforators, is a microsurgical technique that requires a highly skilled surgeon. This procedure uses a flap of excess fat, skin and blood vessels from the patient’s lower abdomen to construct a new breast made of soft, warm, living tissue, while leaving the abdominal muscles in tact. As a result of the DIEP flap Reconstruction, the patient has improved abdominal contouring, similar to that of a “tummy tuck.” DIEP flap breast reconstruction can be performed immediately following mastectomy or at a later date.
The key advantage to the DIEP flap breast reconstruction, over older forms of breast reconstruction, is that no sacrifice of abdominal muscles occurs during this procedure.
In cases when a woman does not have enough abdominal fat tissue there are options, such as the GAP Flap and the Stacked DIEP Reconstruction, both pioneered at the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery.