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Flap Breast Reconstruction


Flap Breast Reconstruction

Can the art of reconstruction become an empowering journey of renewal? At Henderson Breast Reconstruction in bustling New York City, we believe it can! We also invite you to step into our practice, where precision meets passion. With flap breast reconstruction, we sculpt more than just tissue; we sculpt confidence, grace, and the promise of a brighter tomorrow. That’s the Henderson Breast Reconstruction way. Welcome to a practice where beauty is created with one courageous step at a time for every flap breast reconstruction that is needed to give you the results you deserve.

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What is Flap Breast Reconstruction?

Flap breast reconstruction is a sophisticated surgical technique by Dr. Peter Henderson that is designed to restore the natural shape and contour of the breast following a mastectomy or lumpectomy. Unlike implant-based reconstructions, which use silicone or saline implants, flap reconstruction utilizes tissue from other parts of the body, such as the abdomen, back, or buttocks, to recreate the breast mound shape. This approach offers a more natural look and feel for our patients in New York City, as well as the potential for improved long-term outcomes and symmetry.

Types of Flap Breast Reconstruction

Flap breast reconstruction from our practice in New York City encompasses several kinds of techniques, each uniquely tailored to meet the individual needs and preferences of the patient.

  • DIEP Flap: The DIEP (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator) flap is an advanced technique in breast reconstruction surgery. They involve transferring tissue from the abdomen to rebuild the breast to give it a natural shape and feel. 
  • SIEA Flap: The SIEA (Superficial Inferior Epigastric Artery) flap is a specialized approach to flap breast reconstruction that utilizes blood vessels just beneath the skin of the lower abdomen. SIEA preserves abdominal muscles, offering a potentially less invasive option for certain patients. This method creates a natural-feeling breast that is soft and warm.
  • PAP Flap: The PAP (Profunda Artery Perforator) flap is a sophisticated method of flap breast reconstruction that relies on blood vessels from the upper thigh area. This technique spares muscle tissue, minimizing donor site morbidity and providing a natural-looking breast reconstruction option.
  • DUG/ TUG Flap: The DUG (Deep Inferior Epigastric Artery Perforator) or TUG (Transverse Upper Gracilis) flap is a versatile approach. These flaps offer an effective solution with minimal donor site needed. With these flaps, we make incisions in the upper thigh near the groin and take skin, fat, blood vessels, and part of the “gracilis” muscle to reconstruct the breast. We then attach the tiny blood vessels in the flap to the blood vessels in the chest using microsurgery.
  • Lumber Artery Perforator Flap: The LAP (Lumber Artery Perforator flap) utilizes tissue from the lower back region. By harvesting tissue from this area, Dr. Henderson can achieve natural-looking breast reconstruction while minimizing donor site tissues. This advanced approach offers patients an effective option for restoring their breasts with precision and minimal scarring.
  • SGAP/ GAP Flap: The Superior Gluteal Artery Perforator (SGAP) and Inferior Gluteal Artery Perforator (GAP)  involve using tissue from the buttocks area. These flaps offer an alternative option for patients who may not be suitable candidates for other types of flap reconstruction. By utilizing tissue from the gluteal region, we can create natural-looking and symmetrical breasts while preserving muscle function and minimizing donor-site complications.
  • Latissimus Flap: The latissimus dorsi flap is a method that involves using tissue from your back. This technique is particularly useful for patients who require additional volume or coverage in their breasts. 
  • TdAP Flap: The TdAP Flap (Thoracodorsal Artery Perforator) is a type of flap that utilizes tissue from the upper back region. The TdAP flap offers a versatile option for breast reconstruction, providing ample tissue volume and a reliable blood supply for amazing results.
  • ICAP Flap: The ICAP (Intercostal Artery Perforator Flap) is a specialized technique, that involves harvesting tissue from the intercostal region and utilizing vessels from the intercostal arteries. This approach offers a viable alternative for breast reconstruction, particularly in cases where other flap options may not be suitable.

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What are the Benefits of Flap Breast Reconstruction?

For patients in New York City seeking breast reconstruction, the benefits of flap procedures offer a natural and life-changing solution, some of the best benefits include:  

  • Natural-looking and feeling breast mound
  • Lower risk of complications compared to implants
  • Long-lasting results
  • Improved aesthetic appearance and psychological well-being
  • Restoration of breast shape, symmetry, and contour
  • Utilization of the patient’s tissue
  • Potential for simultaneous improvement of donor site aesthetics

Am I a Good Candidate for Flap Breast Reconstruction?

Determining if you’re a suitable candidate for flap breast reconstruction in New York City can involve various instances, such as: 

  • Adequate blood supply
  • Overall health
  • You’re a non-smoker
  • Realistic expectations
  • Stable weights
  • The desire for natural-looking results with natural donor techniques

What to expect during the Flap Breast Reconstruction Consultation

It all starts with a consultation. During your flap breast reconstruction consultation, you can expect a comprehensive evaluation and a plan to lay out your aesthetic goals. We will discuss various flap reconstruction options that are available (like the ones mentioned above), explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each technique based on your specific needs. Dr. Henderson will then assess the suitability of your tissues for flap reconstruction and provide personalized recommendations tailored to achieve the best possible outcomes.

What to Expect on the Day of Flap Breast Reconstruction Surgery

On the day of flap breast reconstruction surgery from our Manhattan surgery center, several meticulous steps are taken by our elite team to ensure optimal outcomes. Following the administration of anesthesia for comfort, Dr. Henderson will initiate the procedure with carefully planned incisions at predetermined locations, tailored to the chosen flap technique and the extent of reconstruction needed. 

With precision, flap tissue is harvested from donor sites like the abdomen, back, or buttocks and used to reconnect blood vessels to the chest area with technique and precision. 

The transferred flap tissue is then positioned to reconstruct the breast mound, ensuring natural contours and appearance. After the closure of incisions and the application of dressings, you’ll be closely monitored. Throughout this process, our surgical team prioritizes your safety, and comfort, providing personalized care at every single stage.

Flap Breast Reconstruction Recovery

After your flap reconstruction, you may experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising, which can be managed with prescribed medication and supportive garments from our team. It’s common for you to gradually regain mobility and energy over the following weeks, although strenuous activities should be avoided during the initial recovery period. Individual recovery timelines may vary, but most patients can expect to resume normal daily activities within a few weeks.

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Is Breast Reconstruction covered by Insurance in New York City, NY?

Breast reconstruction in New York City may be covered by insurance, depending on the specific terms and your type of insurance plan. You should consult with your insurance provider and the surgical team to determine coverage eligibility and potential out-of-pocket costs after your consultation.


Why choose Dr. Henderson?

Dr. Peter Henderson stands out in one of the biggest cities in the world due to his expertise and compassion in the field of breast reconstruction. Double board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and the American Board of Surgery (ABS), he brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to his practice. With affiliations including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM), the American Society of Reconstructive Transplantation (ASRT), the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons (NSPS), and the New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons (NYRSPS), Dr. Henderson’s dedication to patient-centered care is a lighthouse for those looking for the way. He guides his patients through their journey with confidence and understanding, committed to achieving natural-looking results tailored to each person’s needs.

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Let’s start this journey today! Schedule your consultation with Henderson Breast Reconstruction today to explore your breast reconstruction options in New York City. Dr. Henderson and his team will work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that aligns with your goals and sets you up for success.

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