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- Breast reconstruction
- Flap reconstruction
The shape of a breast can be built using your own muscle, fat and skin from another area of the body. This is called a flap reconstruction. There are a number of different types of flap reconstructions. These are covered below.
A flap reconstruction may suit women who have large breasts, women who don’t have enough skin to cover an implant or women who have had radiation therapy. This type of reconstruction may not be suitable for women with diabetes, connective tissue disease or vascular disease; women who have had previous major abdominal surgery; or women who smoke.
Learn more about:
- Location of flap reconstructions
- Flap from the lower abdomen
- Flap from the back (LD flap reconstruction)
- Less common types of flap procedures
- Risks of having a flap reconstruction
- What to consider – flap reconstruction
Location of flap reconstructions
The tissue for reconstructing your breast can come from different places. Your doctor will discuss the best location with you.
Less common flap reconstruction
Because I’d had extensive radiation therapy to the chest area, I was only suitable for a flap reconstruction. My reconstructed breast is absolutely amazing. It’s very symmetrical and even.Lesley
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A/Prof Elisabeth Elder, Specialist Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, Westmead Breast Cancer Institute and Clinical Associate Professor, The University of Sydney, NSW; Dragana Ceprnja, Senior Physiotherapist and Health Professional Educator, Westmead Hospital, NSW; Jan Davies, Consumer; Rosemerry Hodgkin, Consumer; Gillian Horton, Owner and Director, Colleen’s Lingerie and Swimwear, ACT; Ashleigh Mondolo, Clinical Nurse Consultant Breast Care Nurse, Mater Private Hospital South Brisbane, QLD; Dr Jane O’Brien, Specialist Oncoplastic Breast Cancer Surgeon, St Vincent’s Private Hospital, VIC; Moira Waters, Breast Care Nurse, Breast Cancer Care WA; Sharon Woolridge, Consumer; Rebecca Yeoh, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council Queensland.
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