Breast reconstruction after a mastectomy is a conscious choice to reclaim your femininity. You can live a normal life after your cancer, and regaining your figure is a way to help yourself physically and emotionally. DIEP flap surgery is a technique for rebuilding your breast without an implant. It uses your own tissue and sometimes can be completed the same day as your mastectomy. Don’t let cancer deprive you of happiness. Call an experienced, board certified cosmetic surgeon like those at Rowe Plastic Surgery in New York City and in New Jersey before your mastectomy. Find out if you’re a candidate for this procedure.
Breast cancer strikes one in every eight American women. Those who survive are often scarred for life. If you’re one of those survivors, you don’t have to remain scarred. A DIEP flap surgery is a breast reconstruction technique that follows a mastectomy. DIEP stands for a deep inferior epigastric perforator type of flap surgery, and it’s a microsurgical technique to rebuild your breast.
During the procedure, a skilled plastic surgeon uses the tissue, fat, and blood vessels from your lower abdomen — the same fat that would be thrown away in a tummy tuck — to reconstruct one or both breasts lost to your cancer treatment. The procedure gets its name from the deep inferior epigastric perforator, the DIEP, which is the branch of blood vessels relocated during the procedure.
If your breast cancer surgeon recommends mastectomy, talk to a board-certified cosmetic surgeon about DIEP flap reconstruction. The compassionate cosmetic breast surgeons at Rowe Plastic Surgery in Manhattan, Long Island, New Jersey, and the Hamptons perform transformative breast surgeries, including breast reconstruction.
They use a multi-disciplinary approach to breast reconstruction that includes:
The DIEP flap procedure differs from other breast reconstruction surgeries because the surgeon leaves your abdomen muscles in place. The DIEP flap breast reconstruction is an improvement over other surgical procedures, such as the TRAM breast reconstruction, and offers unique long-term benefits. The timing of a DIEP flap breast reconstruction can differ, so there are three types of the procedure:
At one of the Rowe Plastic Surgery facilities in New Jersey and New York, the surgical team carries out extensive tests to determine the best surgery plan for your case. After your mastectomy, several factors determine the best time for your DIEP flap breast reconstruction.
A DIEP flap breast reconstruction is a major cosmetic procedure performed by a top surgeon while you’re under general anesthesia. It takes between six and eight hours, depending on if one or both breasts need reconstruction. The steps in this breast procedure include:
If you have breast cancer and your surgeon recommends a mastectomy, consider DIEP flap breast reconstruction as part of your recovery. For a delayed DIEP surgery, your plastic surgeon inserts tissue expanders in your chest and then waits for the second stage of the DIEP flap surgery to completely rebuilding your breast. This usually doesn’t happen until you’ve completed all your cancer treatments.
Your recovery from DIEP flap breast reconstruction varies. Some helpful notes about mastectomy DIEP flap recovery include:
For most women, DIEP flap surgery recovery takes between six and eight weeks. If you need delayed DIEP surgery, the second part comes after your final cancer treatments. A second surgery rebuilds your breast.
Here at RPS, we work together as three expert surgeons, in addition to our large staff of nurses, physician assistants, and other team members.
What are the benefits of the team approach?
Your care will be holistic and guided by experienced hands. Every interaction, including each phone call and email, will be with one of our staff members trained to help you through this difficult time. You will have a community working together for you, rather than one physician working alone or a hospital whose care can often be impersonal.
If you need a mastectomy, consider the benefits of breast reconstruction to regain your figure and your femininity. The plastic surgery team at Rowe Plastic Surgery uses their expertise to carry out successful breast surgery procedures. Contact the NYC practice today to schedule a consultation. Do it before you schedule your mastectomy. Find their offices in Manhattan, Planview, and Water Mill, NY, and in Montclair and Red Bank, NJ.
My experience was amazing I had a breast reduction on July 16th 2019. From my consolation up to my post ops I was very comfortable. The doctor did am amazing job with my breast, I feel so much better and lighter. Lisa and Simone did a good job, they are pleasant people to talk to, the environment of the office in New York is amazing,makes you feel like you're welcomed. I love Elizabeth, she's very gentle and patient. She answers any concerns or questions you may have, so sweet. Dr. Rowe and Dr. Pierce were amazing. I would recommend them to anyone. Thank you ..
Literally the best decision I ever made aside from being a mom. They helped me through my whole reduction process from my insurance to outside appointments even to offer transportation to and from my surgery. Not to mention I am very happy with the results. I did my appointments out of their red bank office with Dr Pierce
If you’re ready to schedule your DIEP flap surgery or simply want to learn more about the procedure, our doctors can give you the answers and reassurance you need to make the decision that’s right for you. To schedule your private consultation, call 212-628-7300.212-628-7300