Am I a Candidate for DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction?

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Many women are looking to have cosmetic procedures that restore the appearance of one or both breasts. The DIEP flap breast reconstruction surgery is an excellent option for achieving this goal because the results look and feel natural as the tissues are taken directly from your own body.

But is the DIEP flap breast reconstruction procedure right for you? At Tuscon Plastic Surgery, we can help you determine whether or not you are a good candidate for this surgery.

DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction Explained

DIEP (deep inferior epigastric perforator) flap breast reconstruction is a surgery that uses tissues from your own body to complete the reconstruction of the breast. First, Dr.  Kurtovic or Dr. Mahabir will remove a portion of your skin along with blood vessels and fat from the lower region of your abdominal area. Because this location contains its own blood supply, it can be easily transported to your chest area where it will be attached to your chest’s blood vessels. The tissue is then shaped the tissue to rebuild the breast mound on the chest.

By sparing the abdominal muscles, the strength in the abdominal wall is better preserved than other reconstructive surgical methods.

This type of surgery can only be done by 5% of plastic surgeons, and Dr. Kurtovic and Dr. Mahabir at Tucson Plastic Surgery are two such surgeons who have fellowship training in this procedure.

What Are the Benefits of DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction?

You can receive the following benefits from DIEP flap breast reconstruction:

  • Having tissue removed from the lower abdomen is similar to having a tummy tuck.
  • The results last for years.
  • Reconstructed breasts look and feel natural
  • The muscles in your lower abdomen aren’t affected

Most people opt for the DIEP flap breast reconstruction because it provides superior results, and it only has a minimal effect on the abdominal area.

Am I a Good Candidate for DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction?

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Kurtovic or Dr. Mahabir to find out if you are a candidate for this surgery. In most cases, you are a good candidate if the following circumstances apply to you:

  • You want to remove your implants and have your breasts reconstructed with your own body tissue
  • You are a first-time breast reconstruction candidate
  • You have realistic expectations
  • You are medically healthy
  • You want a more natural look and feel
  • You have excess fat in your abdominal area
  • You don’t have any medical conditions that may interfere with the healing process

If tissue is going to be removed from your abdominal area, it can only be done once. If you only have DIEP flap breast reconstruction on one breast and decide at a later date that you want to have the other one done, we will have to remove tissue from another part of the body.

Schedule a Consultation.

Are you ready to have DIEP flap breast reconstructive surgery? To learn more and have any of your questions or concerns addressed, schedule a consultation at Tucson Plastic Surgery today. Dr. Mahabir or Dr. Kurtovic will ensure all your questions are answered.

Call our Tucson, Arizona office at 520-415-2420 or use our online scheduling form.









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