What Is Micro-Surgical Breast Reconstruction?

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If you’ve recently undergone a mastectomy or double mastectomy, you may be interested in the various Breast Reconstruction options that are currently available today. Breast Reconstruction can help patients restore their sense of confidence, particularly if they’re self-conscious about the appearance of their chest after a mastectomy.

Breast Reconstruction can use Implant Reconstruction or Micro-Surgical Breast Reconstruction to achieve these results. While many patients are familiar with Implant Reconstruction, not as many have heard of Micro-Surgical Breast Reconstruction. While your healthcare provider will help you choose the best Breast Reconstruction procedure for your needs, here’s what you need to know about Micro-Surgical Breast Reconstruction:

  • Micro-Surgical Breast Reconstruction is a type of surgery that uses your body’s living tissue (instead of implants) to reform and reconstruct the breasts. A special microscope is used to assist with the reconnection of the newly transitioned tissue, fat, and blood vessels.
  • The DIEP Flap method uses the above techniques; however, the living tissue is harvested from the patient’s abdominal area. Many patients prefer this surgical technique, as they achieve natural-looking breasts as well as a contoured stomach.

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  • The SIEA Flap method follows the same steps as the above Micro-Surgical Reconstruction surgery. The main difference is that the blood vessels are re-attached in the lower abdomen area.

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  • The TUG Flap is appropriate for patients who may not have enough fat in the abdominal area. In these cases, fat and tissue is removed from the inner thigh.

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  • The SGAP Flap is for patients who may not have enough fat in the abdominal or inner thigh areas; in these cases, fat and tissue are removed from the buttocks.

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  • The IGAP Flap follows the same steps as the previous procedure; however, this surgical method uses the inferior gluteus artery vs. the superior gluteus artery.

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Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Leif Rogers, is a world-renowned expert in Breast Reconstruction, particularly with DIEP Flap reconstruction.  To learn more about the options available for Breast Reconstruction surgery or to learn if you’re a candidate, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rogers at his Beverly Hills, CA plastic surgery practice by filling out the form on this page or by calling (310) 860-8915.