DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction

With many different techniques available for breast reconstruction, it can be hard to know which one is best for you and your body.  At Bajaj Plastic Surgery, we understand that post-mastectomy breast reconstruction can be an emotionally difficult and personal experience.  Our doctors and staff strive to educate, guide, and support you through the reconstruction process.  We offer an advanced form of breast reconstruction known as DIEP flap surgery.

DIEP (Deep Interior Epigastric Perforator) surgery uses state-of-the-art technology to reconstruct and restore your breasts.  DIEP surgery takes tissues from your lower abdomen to reconstruct the breasts. By using your own tissue, the reconstructed breasts will look and feel more natural.

Soft, Natural Feel

In a DIEP flap, breasts are reconstructed using fat, skin, and blood vessels that are removed from the your lower abdomen – the skin and fat between your belly button and your pubic bone that you can pinch.  Using microsurgery, blood vessels from the lower belly are then attached to the blood vessels in your chest under a microscope.  The use of living tissues instead of implants allows for a natural look and feel.

Muscle Sparing

The DIEP flap allows for preservation of your abdominal muscles since the skin and fat are taken with a blood supply.  These blood vessels are dissected through the muscle to their origin in your groin; occasionally, a small amount of muscle has to be taken to protect the blood vessels.  Since none or very little muscle is taken, DIEP flap breast reconstruction surgery allows for a quicker recovery. Most women also have less pain than with other types of breast reconstructive surgery.  Likewise, since most if not all of the muscle is preserved, there is a lower risk of losing abdominal strength or developing abdominal bulges or hernias. Another benefit is that your abdomen will appear flatter and tighter because fat is moved from your lower abdomen to your chest.

Benefits of DIEP Flap Reconstruction:

  • Minimizes loss of muscle function
  • Minimizes risk of abdominal hernia
  • Less post-operative pain
  • Quicker recovery
  • Flatter abdomen
  • Natural appearance

Requiring microsurgery, DIEP flap reconstruction is a specialized surgical techniqe.  Dr. Anu Bajaj and Dr. Paramjit Bajaj are specially trained to perform DIEP flap reconstruction and have performed these procedures routinely in Oklahoma City since 2007.  At Bajaj Plastic Surgery, we are passionate about helping you restore your body and are committed to surgical excellence.  Through DIEP flap reconstruction, we will help you achieve beautiful, natural looking breasts.

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