Innovative Procedures

Utilizing Tissue from Additional Areas of the Body to Reconstruct the Breasts

New surgical techniques give us the opportunity to provide state-of-the-art care to our patients. Advancements in imaging also help us maintain our over 99% success rate for microsurgical breast reconstruction by leading us to a greater understanding of breast flap physiology and perfusion. Because donor sites are no longer limited to the abdomen and buttock, we are now able to offer natural reconstruction options to more women.

Stacked DIEP & GAP Flaps

A “stacked” flap uses tissue from both sides of the abdomen (stacked DIEP) or from both buttocks (stacked GAP) to reconstruct one breast. This procedure allows women with less excess tissue to have natural breast reconstruction after a unilateral mastectomy.


The ICAP (Intercostal Artery Perforator) flap uses tissue from the underarm area to reconstruct the breasts, while tissue is taken from the upper back at the bra line to form the TDAP (Thoracodorsal Artery Perforator) flap. These flaps are smaller than DIEP or GAP flaps, so they are often used during revision surgeries to fix deformities of the reconstructed or natural breast. These flaps can also reconstruct partial defects that result from lumpectomy procedures.

Why Choose The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction?

Post Procedure Care

Learn more about the next steps and what you can expect following your natural breast reconstruction procedure

Restored Lives!

Read real patient testimonials and hear their personal stories and experiences with natural breast reconstruction.

Expert Medical Team

Meet our dedicated surgical team who are at the forefront of breast reconstruction surgery and committed to our patients.

Want More Information? Read “Ask the Doctor” Blog Series Below:

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...

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...

Ask The Doctor: Phase 2 DIEP

Question: I’m currently seeking a surgeon for Phase 2 DIEP. My plastic surgeon here did a great job for Phase 1, but doesn’t seem interested in correcting what I think is a problem for Phase 2. My breast size is currently a DD and I do not like the size. Heavy and my...


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