Plastic Surgery

DIEP Flap

The DIEP Flap is a procedure similar to the TRAM flap. DIEP stands for Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator, which refers to these blood vessels. The tissue used to reconstruct the breast comes from the lower abdomen, as in a TRAM flap. But it consists of skin and fat only; no muscle is used. Because of this, the recovery time tends to be shorter and the abdominal wall remains strong. On the other hand, it is a more complex procedure because, like the free flap procedure, it requires microsurgery to reattach the blood vessels in the tissue removed from the abdomen to a new blood supply in the chest.

Removing tissue from the abdomen means you end up with a “tummy tuck” (a smaller, flatter midsection) which many women see as an advantage to this surgery. A reconstructed breast that uses abdominal tissue feels more like a natural breast to anyone touching it, though the reconstructed breast will have little or no sensation for you.

Because of its complexity, DIEP flap surgery is not available everywhere. However, our surgeons are extremely experienced in the procedure, and have helped earn Strong Health its reputation as a leader in the field.

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How to Choose the Best Plastic Surgeon

Here are some important guidelines to follow for choosing the most qualified plastic surgeon:

  • Make sure the surgeon is board certified with the American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • The surgeon should have special training in breast surgery, often called fellowship training
  • Make sure that the plastic surgeon is affiliated with a accredited hospital
  • Ask the plastic surgeon to provide photos of patients who have had surgery from them
  • Make sure that the plastic surgeon is trained in the latest breast reconstruction techniques and procedures