Washington DC: Breast Reconstruction Option – DIEP Flap

At Bruno | Brown Plastic Surgery we strive to offer the safest and most advanced techniques for breast reconstruction. The DIEP flap procedure requires special surgical training and expertise in microsurgery, and we’re proud to be able to offer this advanced procedure to our patients.

What is DIEP flap breast reconstruction?

The DIEP (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator) flap is a modern advancement of the original abdominal wall TRAM flap that 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 (fat, skin and blood vessels) is removed from the abdomen and reattached in the breast area to rebuild your breast. Your surgeon will carefully reattach the blood vessels of the flap to blood vessels in your chest using microsurgery.

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.

What are the 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

In addition to DIEP flap, what other types of breast reconstruction does Bruno | Brown Plastic Surgery provide?

  • Tissue Expander and Implant Reconstruction
  • Direct-to-Implant Reconstruction
  • Latissimus Muscle Flap Reconstruction using back skin/fat/muscle
  • Fat Grafting Reconstruction using fat from various locations
  • Advanced Technique Muscle Animation Repair
  • Oncoplastic Breast Reconstruction
  • Reconstructive Breast Lifting/Reduction

Are you interested in learning more about DIEP flap, or any of our DC breast reconstruction procedures?



What our patients say:

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, I was given a peer recommendation for Dr. Bruno, and I am so grateful for it. I required a unilateral mastectomy and reconstruction, and a breast reduction. Dr. Bruno was sensitive to my insecurities and was available at any time to answer questions and provide complete explanations. His kindness and soothing demeanor was very helpful during the entire process and made me feel confident about coming out of this health crisis successfully, which I did, and with a beautifully reduced breast that shows no scar whatsoever.

-Christine F.



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