At Bruno|Brown, we strive to offer the safest, most advanced techniques for breast reconstruction today. The DIEP (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator) flap is a modern advancement of the original abdominal wall TRAM flap.
What is the DIEP Flap?
The DIEP flap utilizes the patient’s own tissue from the lower abdomen to reconstruct the breast using fat and skin alone. In this technically advanced procedure, the living fatty tissue from the abdomen is carefully removed and reattached in the breast area using the microscope. The abdominal skin is then closed, leaving the abdomen smaller in size. Because no muscle is used, most women recover more quickly and have a lower risk of losing abdominal muscle strength with a DIEP flap compared to any of the TRAM flap procedures.
When is DIEP Breast Reconstruction Surgery Used?
- Immediate reconstruction at the time of mastectomy
- Delayed reconstruction after a mastectomy
- An alternative to implant-based reconstruction
Benefits of DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction
- Utilizes your own tissue for molding the breast
- Is made of healthy, living fatty tissue
- Saves the abdominal musculature