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- Managing side effects
- Breast prostheses and reconstruction
- Breast reconstruction
- Flap reconstruction
- Less common types of flap procedures
Less common types of flap procedures
If a DIEP, TRAM or LD flap is not suitable, you may be offered reconstruction techniques that use fat and a blood supply from other areas of the body.
- superior gluteal artery perforator (SGAP) flap or inferior gluteal artery perforator (IGAP) flap using tissue from the bottom
- transverse myocutaneous gracilis (TMG) flap or transverse upper gracilis (TUG) flap using tissue from the inner thigh.
To help reconstruct a small breast shape, the surgeon may remove fat from another part of the body (liposuction), then inject it into the breast to create or improve the shape and contour. Sometimes the surgeon may build a whole new small breast. This is called lipofilling.
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