Recovery from DIEP Flap Surgery
Because this procedure is invasive, patients will need to spend the next few days in the hospital and have to follow strict recovery instructions when they return home. After a successful surgery, patients will be given supportive garments to wear on their breasts and around their stomachs.
During recovery, physical activity must be limited. Be aware that there may be some tightness around your abdomen as the skin, abdominal muscles and other tissues heal. This may cause some back pain due to poor posture, but as your body heals these side effects will go away.
How long does recovery from surgery last?
Recovery from DIEP Flap surgery is different for each patient, but typically patients can resume full activity after 6 weeks. Your surgeon will work with you to monitor your progress and condition after your surgery.
Is DIEP Flap a better option than breast implants?
Because this procedure uses your body’s own skin and fat cells to reconstruct a removed breast, it is the best option for breast reconstruction. Breast implants occasionally develop complications such as necrosis, scarring, and ruptures as time goes on. Typically a breast implant has to be replaced around every ten to fifteen years.
The techniques used in this surgery allow plastic surgeons to connect the relocated tissue’s blood vessels to the body’s blood supply. As a result, the reconstructed breast will feel natural, and even age with the rest of your body.
However, DIEP is not the perfect choice for everyone. Women should find alternative surgeries if they . . .
- Don’t have enough extra belly, buttock, or inner thigh tissue.
- Already have had abdominal surgeries, like colostomies or abdominoplasties (tummy tuck).
- Have small abdominal blood vessels or blood vessels in an unideal location for a DIEP flap.
Adding breast lift or breast reduction
Depending on the needs of the patient, a surgeon may recommend a breast lift or reduction on the remaining breast in order to maintain symmetry.
Adding fat transfer
Breast reconstruction, breast implant, and breast augmentation patients may wish for some alterations after the initial surgery. Rather than undergo a similarly intensive surgery, a skilled plastic surgeon can use fat transfer surgery or fat injections to plump and enhance your breasts or other areas of your body.
Fat injections can be used on the face, hands, and buttocks. At Garza Plastic Surgery, we can offer this aesthetic procedure in combination with either a full DIEP Flap surgery or as part of a mommy makeover package.
As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Robert Garza offers a full range of plastic, reconstructive, and cosmetic surgery procedures. To learn more about these procedures, click the links below.
DIEP Flap Surgery in Nashville
DIEP breast reconstruction surgery requires special surgical training and expertise in microsurgery. So, not all plastic surgeons offer DIEP. Thankfully, you don’t have to look any further to find a specialized surgeon in DIEP flap surgery. Garza Plastic Surgery in Nashville offers experienced surgeons to perform multiple breast reconstruction and cosmetic procedures.
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