DIEP breast reconstruction stands for deep inferior epigastric artery perforator breast reconstruction and refers to the procedure which aims to reconstruct the breast by utilizing a flap of skin tissue from a different part of the patient’s body. This flap of skin tissue is usually taken from the abdominal part and offers the advantage of lowering the risk of the donor tissue being rejected by the body. Sometimes, the donor skin can be taken from the back or the buttocks. Usually, DIEP breast reconstructing is recommended for women who have had a mastectomy due to breast cancer.
A DIEP breast reconstruction procedure has to be done by a licensed and skilled plastic surgeon. This procedure also requires a high level of skill in microsurgery, so you ought to make sure that you take on the services of a highly qualified doctor.
During the surgical procedure, the doctor makes an incision in the abdomen to get a piece of skin and fat. To do so, he has to cut through the muscle. However, he only has to remove blood vessels but leave the muscle in place. The retrieved flap is then placed on the breast. To complete the surgery, the blood vessels are connected one by one. If necessary, the aureola and nipple are also reconstructed during the surgery. Otherwise, they may merely need to be moved during the surgery.
As one may surmise, when a woman undergoes DIEP breast reconstruction, she gets the added benefit of a tummy tuck. This is due to the fact that the removed flap of skin tightens the abdominal area.