Procedures: DIEP Flap

Using Tissue From the Lower Abdomen To Reconstruct the Breasts

DIEP (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator) breast reconstruction is the most commonly performed type of flap-based breast reconstruction because of its high success rate and its ability to restore the breasts without using muscle. During this procedure, the surgeon utilizes skin and fat from the lower abdomen (the donor site). Using microsurgical techniques, blood vessels within this removed tissue are then reattached to vessels in the chest.

By not using implants, DIEP surgery provides natural results that truly look and feel like a part of your body. Reconstructing the breasts without muscle also lowers the risk of muscle weakness and/or hernia at the donor site.

When the excess tissue is removed, the shape of the abdomen is often enhanced, giving the effect of an abdominoplasty (“tummy tuck”).

Why Choose The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction?

Post Procedure Care

Learn more about what you can expect following your natural breast reconstruction procedure.

Restored Lives!

Read testimonials from our patients to learn about their personal experiences at the Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction.

Expert Medical Team

Meet our highly skilled surgical team who are committed to the well-being of our patients.

Ask the Doctor: Should I complete radiation before or after I have DIEP?

Q:  Hello. I am planning on having a double mastectomy with immediate diep flap reconstruction. The issue is that I have stage 1 invasive ductal carcinoma with a 12mm lump in my left breast. I won’t know if I will need radiation until after surgery. I was told by my...

Moving through recovery: healthy habits help post-surgery healing

At the beginning of any new year, a lot of us set goals to achieve in the days, weeks, and months ahead. But, did you know that one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions can also positively impact your surgical experience? While getting in shape can seem like a...

Health Insurance 101 – Open Enrollment

It’s time for open enrollment time for most insurance providers! We get a lot of questions this time of the year about insurance choices and what might be the most advantageous to our current and future patients in the coming year. Don’t let the opportunity pass you...

Ask The Doctor: Nipple Size Change

Question: Does the nipple size change when you go on hormones for mtf or can that be changed during surgery? Answer: That hormone question would be a good one to ask your breast surgeon who performs your mastectomy. Our services are limited to the reconstruction...

Meet the Creator of the Kili Medical Drain Carrier: Cinde Dolphin

We are super excited to announce we now offer the Kili Medical Drain Carrier for purchase at our office to help manage your post-operative breast reconstruction drains. Cinde Dolphin is a 4-time cancer survivor who created a device to make patients like her more...