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DIEP Flap Reconstruction in San Antonio, TX

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In contrast to earlier methods of breast restoration after mastectomy, the DIEP flap technique provides an optimally beneficial, minimal-recovery approach to analogous breast reconstruction. DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction restores the shape, fullness, and feeling of your breasts using your body’s natural tissues while preserving the strength and integrity of the abdominal muscles.

As a result, patients can experience more natural, permanent results with no need for implant replacement, fewer risks, and a faster, more comfortable recovery. This highly advanced microsurgical technique requires extreme skill and expertise offered by only a few plastic surgeons in South Texas. Dr. Ramon Garza III offers compassionate care, meticulously personalized treatment, and aesthetically stunning results, providing a DIEP flap reconstruction San Antonio patients will love.

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What is DIEP Flap Reconstruction?

DIEP Flap Reconstruction is a microsurgery procedure that uses skin and fat from the lower abdomen to restore the warmth, softness, and full shape of natural breasts. In relation to methods that use synthetic implants or muscle to reconstruct the breasts, the DIEP flap technique offers a safer and easier alternative.

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What can DIEP Flap Reconstruction do?

DIEP flap reconstruction offers a unique set of benefits to support your self-confidence and sense of overall well-being. This procedure is ideal for patients who are seeking reconstruction after mastectomy as well as those who are dissatisfied with implant reconstruction results. Advantages of this groundbreaking procedure include:

  • Minimal risks
  • Minimal downtime
  • No need for implants
  • Enhanced confidence
  • More comfortable recovery
  • Restored sensation in the breasts
  • Soft, full, warm breasts that look and feel natural
  • Typically little to no effect on abdominal strength or integrity
  • A flatter abdomen, with effects similar to a tummy tuck or mommy makeover

How does DIEP Flap Reconstruction work?

As the skin and fat in the lower abdomen most closely resemble breast tissue, utilizing this area of the body for breast reconstruction is an ideal solution. DIEP flap reconstruction replaces lost breast skin and tissue with intact sections of abdominal tissues for the most natural results with minimal downtime. In the past, flap reconstruction using abdominal tissue required a section of muscle to be moved to the breast to preserve the blood vessels connected to the abdominal skin and fat tissues.

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In turn, patients experienced a lengthy recovery and a permanent loss in abdominal strength. However, the DIEP flap approach involves small incisions into the abdominal muscle so that these blood vessels can be removed using microsurgery. This innovative approach allows for full sections of abdominal tissues to be relocated to the breasts without any lasting impact on the functionality of the abdomen. At the same time, patients are able to achieve results that look and feel optimally natural.

DIEP Flap Reconstruction at Dr. Garza Plastic Surgery

Dr. Garza is one of the only San Antonio plastic surgeons offering microsurgical breast reconstruction. With an exceptionally empathetic approach, he is dedicated to helping patients reclaim their self-confidence with aesthetically exquisite results. Technical excellence and heartfelt compassion allow Dr. Garza to consistently deliver precise and highly personalized treatment that inspires patients to live their most confident and fulfilling lives after their mastectomy.

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During your one-on-one consultation, Dr. Garza will take the time to gain a full understanding of your goals for treatment as well as assess your medical history and the condition of your breasts to determine if a DIEP flap procedure is right for you. With the guidance of a board-certified specialist, you will devise your personalized treatment plan that complements your unique anatomy, goals, and well-being.

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DIEP Flap Reconstruction Preparation and Procedure

Your breast reconstruction procedure will be performed under general anesthesia, so you won’t experience any discomfort during surgery. Dr. Garza will remove a section of skin and fat from your lower abdomen, carefully detaching blood vessels from the underlying muscles. He will transfer the entire section of tissue to your chest while meticulously sculpting the breast or breasts.

When the desired shape has been achieved, Dr. Garza will close your incisions. Numbing medication will be administered during your surgery to reduce pain and facilitate a faster recovery In addition to restoring volume and shape to the breasts, the DIEP flap technique eliminates excess skin and fat from the area below the belly button for a firmer, flatter, slimmer midsection– a silver lining to the reconstruction experience.

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What to Expect After Surgery

DIEP Flap Reconstruction Recovery, Results, and Aftercare

You should expect to spend approximately two days in the hospital after your surgery. You will be up walking around the day after surgery and able to shower before you head home. Once you are home, you will gradually increase your walking time and distance. If you have traveled to San Antonio for your treatment, you should plan to stay for at least one week after your surgery. Throughout your recovery, you will need to wear special compression garments to help shape your results.

Around the two-week mark, Dr. Garza or his staff will remove your drains. Around the same time, you will be able to drive as long as you are not taking medication that prevents you from doing so safely. As you progress through your recovery, you will gradually continue to become more active. Most patients return to full activity by around six weeks. For some DIEP flap breast reconstruction patients, a second minor surgery is needed after about three months. During this final phase of treatment, Dr. Garza will make any necessary revisions to ensure you achieve the most stunning, natural-looking results.

Maintaining your DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction results

Following your recovery, you can expect restored confidence with natural-looking, beautifully sculpted breasts. For many patients, restoring their naturally feminine shape provides a renewed sense of self and control over their lives.

DIEP Flap Reconstruction Frequently Asked Questions

Unlike breast reconstruction with implants, the DIEP flap technique does not require future surgeries once it’s complete. It is also important to note that any future radiation treatments would require breast implant removal if they are present.

Yes, DIEP flap reconstruction is considered major surgery. However, with Dr. Garza’s precise surgical approach, minimal blood loss occurs when compared to other major surgeries. Because of the intricate nature of this procedure, it is only offered by the most skilled and experienced microsurgery and reconstruction specialists.

Schedule Your Consultation with Dr. Garza Plastic Surgery in San Antonio Today

For a truly exceptional San Antonio plastic surgery experience, begin your journey by scheduling your private consultation with Dr. Ramon Garza III. With unwavering precision and a compassionate heart, Dr. Garza can help you live a life of beauty and confidence.

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