What Is Flap Reconstructive Surgery?
We offer in addition to traditional flap surgeries the use of excess skin and fatty tissue from the chest wall to achieve an immediate breast reconstruction with out additional donor sites or the use of muscle , this procedure works especially well in patients with larger breasts. For patients with sufficient skin and fatty tissue we are proud to offer an immediate breast reconstruction without the use of implants or donor sites elsewhere in the body. This modified Goldilocks procedure is a great choice for patients with previous radiation. The breast size and shape can subsequently be modified by using the patient's own fat as a lipo filler.
Autologous reconstruction surgery, also referred to as “flap” reconstruction, is a type of minimally invasive procedure that can be performed at the same time as a mastectomy to reconstruct and improve the shape of the breasts. In many cases, autologous reconstruction takes your body’s natural tissue from another area of the body such as the stomach, inner thighs or back and uses this tissue to enhance and recreate your breasts.
One of the major benefits of autologous reconstruction surgery is that because the tissue used to reshape the breasts is the patient’s own tissue, the results can last the rest of your life. Furthermore, the tissue that our plastic surgeons will remove from the buttocks, back or thighs are very similar to the tone and texture of real breast tissue, making them an ideal alternative with amazing results.
Some patients may choose to undergo immediate reconstruction, in which “flap” reconstruction is performed at the same time as their mastectomy, while others may need to undergo delayed reconstruction. There are also certain factors that our surgical team will need to consider to determine the type of flap technique we will perform. Some factors include your breast size, your body type, whether you have to undergo further cancer treatment or whether you are planning on becoming pregnant. All of these factors will influence from which part of the body we will remove tissue.
It’s also important to understand that even once your autologous reconstruction has been performed, you may still need to undergo certain adjustments or other minor procedures in order to reshape or reposition the breasts or nipples to improve their appearance and to give you the best results possible. Sometimes these additional tweaks aren’t necessary.
After surgery, it is normal to experience discomfort, soreness and fatigue for several weeks. Our breast surgeon can prescribe a pain reliever to help alleviate pain as you heal. There may be drainage tubes present that will serve to remove any excess fluid near the area. Our surgeon will let you know when to come back in to have these tubes removed. It can take up to six weeks or more to resume your normal activities. We will let you know when it’s safe to resume more strenuous activities including working out.