Breast Reconstruction, DIEP Flap
Breast reconstruction procedures are vital to restoring a woman’s sense of “wholeness” after either partial or total mastectomy for breast cancer. Women with congenital absence of breast or abnormalities in their breast’s development can benefit from breast reconstruction surgery, as well. At Knoxville Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery, Dr. Jason Hall combines knowledge with experience and skill in the field of cosmetic and breast reconstructive surgery to recreate the female breast.
What are my options for Breast Reconstruction?
- Reconstruction with autologous tissue (DIEP flap procedure)
- Reconstruction with implants
DIEP flap breast reconstruction: Autologous tissue reconstruction with DIEP flap technique is far safer with minimal pain; any risk arising from the surgical procedure is also minimal. The patient’s own tissue and skin is used to reconstruct the breasts. Tissue that is normally discarded with a tummy tuck surgery is called DIEP flap. The tissue is completely removed from the body along with its blood vessel, and is introduced to the chest where the reconstruction is needed. No muscle is removed from the abdomen, so it allows for a faster recovery than a TRAM flap and is less likely to lead to a hernia in the future.
Breast reconstruction with implants: Reconstruction with implants has the distinct advantage of being much simpler technically and is a much easier surgery to recover from. For breast reconstruction purposes, tissue expanders and breast implants are used. This method of breast reconstruction involves two procedures. During the first operation, the tissue expander is placed at the time of the mastectomy. The tissue expander is slowly inflated with saline solution a period of weeks during routine office visits to Dr. Hall. A period of time after the final size of the breast is attained, the expander is removed and final, permanent breast implant is placed.
The proper method of breast reconstruction procedures depends on a number of factors which Dr. Hall will discuss with you during your consultation.
If you have any questions about breast reconstruction procedures or would like to meet with Dr. Hall to discuss your options, call (865) 973-9500 or use our contact form and request an appointment. For out of town patients, feel free to request an online consult via Skype.