"I just want you to know how much I appreciate all you have done for me. My results seem like magic - but I know that your years of training, experience, and skill as a surgeon allow you to make it look that way. You are the captain of an elite team... I feel blessed to have had such wonderful medical care and all right here in South Carolina. I'm looking forward to my Stage 2 surgery as it will be another step behind me in my "journey". C.H. Anderson, S.C.
Women who are thin or who have minimal tummy tissue can also benefit from this procedure. In the GAP Flap, tissue is taken from the buttock area. The skin, fat and tiny blood vessels are removed through an incision that can be hidden under the panty line. Depending on a woman's shape and where she has extra tissue, the area above the buttock to include the love handle or hip area can be used with this technique. If someone's extra tissue is in the lower buttock or saddle bag this area can be considered as well.
The microsurgery techniques used by TCNBR surgeons spare the gluteal muscle, and forms the tissue into a new breast mound. The added benefit: patients also receive a buttocks/thigh lift!
Although the GAP flap is the least commonly used of all flaps due to its technical difficulty, our two expert surgeons are within the tiny percentage of microsurgeons in the United States who routinely reconstruct both breasts at the same time with GAP flaps. While technically demanding, GAP flaps often produce a more youthful appearing breast than the DIEP.