Is DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction Right for You?

Breast cancer presents a number of unique, difficult challenges for anyone it affects. As a plastic surgeon who specializes in both reconstructive & cosmetic procedures, I’m honored to have the opportunity to help my patients navigate and ultimately heal from this situation. DIEP flap breast reconstruction is one of the most popular types of reconstructive surgery among women who have endured breast cancer. To help you & your loved ones understand if this option might be available to & right for you, I’m breaking down four advantages of the DIEP flap breast reconstruction:

Is DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction Right for YouYou lose excess abdominal skin & fat:

Although it’s not the main purpose of a DIEP flap breast reconstruction procedure, the removal of extra skin & fat is a necessary effect of this surgery. This is because the abdomen acts as the donor site (area from which tissue is taken to reconstruct the breast) in DIEP breast reconstruction. For many women, this improves their abdominal contour in a manner similar to that of a tummy tuck.

It’s natural:

Some people prefer autologous breast reconstruction methods like DIEP flap because they use the patient’s own tissue to reconstruct the breast. This results in an outcome that many patients believe looks & feels exceptionally natural. This is, in large part, a matter of personal preference, but you can sample different materials and learn more about the various aspects of breast-enhancement options during our consultation.

It’s (re)built to last:

DIEP flap and other autologous breast reconstruction methods can last for the rest of the patient’s life. Because it consists of tissue from the patient’s own body, the material used in fat-transfer breast reconstruction essentially becomes a new part of the patient thereafter.

It leaves options open:

In addition to preserving an important blood supply in the abdomen, the DIEP flap procedure preserves the patient’s abdominal muscles. This means that you don’t have to rule out having children in the future or fear complications from midsection weight gain.

If you’re interested in learning about your breast reconstruction options, or if you’d like to know more about any of the other procedures I perform, please contact me, Dr. Michael Mirzabeigi, to schedule a consultation. I’m currently seeing patients at Atlanta Plastic Surgery’s Atlanta (Northside / Sandy Springs), Cumming (Northside / Forsyth), and Canton (Northside / Cherokee) locations.