During microvascular breast reconstruction, we use excess skin and fat — along with blood vessels — from your abdomen, buttocks or thigh to sculpt a natural-looking breast. We offer the following microvascular procedures:
Own Tissue Reconstruction from the Abdomen (DIEP flap or SIEA flap)
Deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap and superficial inferior epigastric perforator (SIEA) flap use abdominal tissue for breast reconstruction.
During these microsurgery procedures, your surgeon will remove blood vessels, fat and skin from the lower abdominal area and use it to form a new breast. The surgery is similar to a tummy tuck, except we can spare the abdominal muscles. This will leave your lower belly flatter and tighter, and will give you a more natural-looking breast compared to an implant-based procedure.
Own Tissue Reconstruction from the Buttocks (GAP flap)
Gluteal artery perforator (GAP) flap uses tissue from the buttocks area to reconstruct the breast. This procedure is often an option for women who do not have enough abdominal tissue for a DIEP or SIEA flap or those who have had a previous abdominal surgery.
During this procedure, your surgeon will remove fat, skin and blood vessels from the upper or lower buttocks, and use the tissue to shape a new breast. As a bonus, many patients see results similar to a buttock lift following this procedure.
Own Tissue Reconstruction from the Thigh (LTP flap, PAP flap or TUG flap)
Our surgeons perform the following reconstructive procedures using tissue from the thigh area to shape a new breast:
- Lateral thigh perforator (LTP) flap using blood vessels, skin and fat from the upper outer thigh and hip area
- Profunda artery perforator (PAP) flap using the profunda artery perforator blood vessel, skin and fat from the back of the upper thigh
- Transverse upper gracilis (TUG) flap using muscle, skin, fat and blood vessels from the upper inner thigh
Many patients experience a slimmer, firmer thigh area following the surgery.
Benefits of Microvascular Breast Reconstruction
Microvascular breast reconstruction has many benefits, including:
- Less pain
- Lower risk of abdominal complications and decrease risk of hernia
- Preservation of abdominal muscles
- No mammograms required after reconstruction
- Shorter recovery
- Softer, more natural-looking breasts without implants
- The possibility of one-stage reconstruction
- A more sculpted appearance of the lower abdomen, thighs or buttocks
- Covered by insurance
Contact us today at 321.843.7771 to learn more about microvascular breast reconstruction and if it is right for you.