Plastic Surgery

Flap Reconstruction Procedures

The so-called flap procedures are also known as autologous reconstruction. That means they use tissue from other parts of the patient’s own body, such as the abdomen, back, or buttocks. Tissue (skin, fat and muscle) from one of those areas is moved to the chest to reconstruct a breast. It can form the breast mound itself, or it can form a pocket for an implant.

In a traditional flap procedure, the tissue is moved but remains attached to its original site, retaining its blood supply. In a “free flap” procedure, the tissue is completely removed from the original site and transplanted to the chest. Microsurgery is needed to reconnect the tiny blood vessels in the tissue to new ones in the chest area.

The various types of flap procedures include:

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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