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DIEP Flap Reconstruction in Atlanta, GA

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DIEP Flap Reconstruction in Atlanta, GA

Your Path To Healing

If you have had a mastectomy, then a DIEP Flap Reconstruction in Atlanta with board-certified plastic surgeon Michael N. Mirzabeigi, MD, can restore your breasts and your confidence using your body's own tissue.

Additionally, Dr. Mizabeigi specializes in nerve grafting (re-sensation) during the DIEP Flap Reconstruction in order to restore sensation to the breast. Please schedule a consultation to see how his expertise and attention to detail can help you find your path to healing.

What is DIEP Flap Reconstruction?

A More Natural Solution

Dr. Mirzabeigi uses donor tissue (from the abdomen) to reconstruct a breast during DIEP Flap Reconstruction. Using your own tissue produces more natural outcomes because the new breast ages similarly to your original breast. And you don't run the danger of implant-related complications.

Your surgeon will remove skin, fat, and blood vessels from your lower belly over your pubic bone, but not muscles. This is sometimes referred to as the "tummy tuck" area. DIEP is an abbreviation for deep inferior epigastric perforator. It's named after the artery that runs across your lower abdomen. A DIEP Flap Reconstruction is intended to have fewer adverse effects and produce more natural-looking outcomes.

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Why Choose DIEP Flap Reconstruction?

Many individuals opt for DIEP Flap Reconstruction because it offers a more natural feel and appearance compared to implants. Since the procedure uses your own tissue, the reconstructed breast will age and change in sync with your body.

This method is particularly appealing to those who wish to avoid the risks and complications associated with breast implants, such as rupture or capsular contracture. The procedure also includes a tummy tuck, which can be a bonus for those looking to address excess abdominal tissue. Ultimately, DIEP Flap Reconstruction provides a holistic approach to breast reconstruction, blending cosmetic and reconstructive benefits.

What are the Benefits of DIEP Flap Reconstruction?

Lifelong Benefits

Many women want their breasts back, not a firm implant that doesn't feel like them. Since DIEP Flap Reconstruction uses your own tissue, you get a natural look and feel of your new breasts that don't require any future implant revision surgeries. This is a one-time surgery that should last you a lifetime. Another bonus to the DIEP Flap Reconstruction is that it uses the tissue from your tummy. So the results give you a tummy tuck and a breast reconstruction simultaneously. As a result, you will look trim and have a natural look and feel to your new breasts.

  • Natural Look and Feel: The use of your own tissue creates a breast that looks and feels more like your natural breast.
  • Aging: The reconstructed breast ages naturally along with the rest of your body.
  • No Implants Needed: Avoid the complications and maintenance associated with breast implants.
  • Dual Benefit: Enjoy the added benefit of a flatter, tighter tummy from the tissue removal.
  • Reduced Risk of Rejection: Since the tissue is your own, there's a lower risk of your body rejecting it.
  • One-Time Procedure: Typically, this is a single surgery with lasting results, reducing the need for future surgeries.

Am I a Good Candidate for DIEP Flap Reconstruction?

A Good Fit

Most women are candidates for DIEP Flap Reconstruction once they are in remission and given the all clear to proceed with reconstruction. The procedure entails transferring tissue from the lower abdomen (often from around the belly button to the bikini hairline) to rebuild the breasts at the time of mastectomy (immediate reconstruction) or a later date (delayed reconstruction). Dr. Mirzabeigi will work closely with our Atlanta DIEP Flap Reconstruction patients to build a surgery plan that fits their goals and lifestyle.

Your DIEP Flap Reconstruction Procedure

Care and Precision

An incision is created from hip to hip in the lower abdomen, from which Dr. Mirzabeigi will remove a portion of skin, fatty tissue, and blood vessels to be used to reconstruct the breast.

The abdominal incision is closed by pulling down the skin of the abdomen, and the belly button is repositioned to meet the enhanced form of the stomach. The blood vessels in the flap are then joined to vessels in the chest using a microscope. Because of this link, the flap can thrive as a healthy and functional portion of the new breast. If you've had a mastectomy, DIEP Flap Reconstruction can be used to reconstruct a single breast (unilateral reconstruction) or both breasts (bilateral reconstruction).

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DIEP Flap Reconstruction Recovery

Outcome-Focused Care

After DIEP Flap Reconstruction, it takes four to six weeks to recuperate sufficiently to resume normal activities. You should not drive, lift heavy objects, or engage in strenuous exercise during this time. This could cause damage to healing tissues or open wounds, necessitating more surgery or treatment.

Therefore, it is critical that you take it easy for the first six to eight weeks for the optimum effects. After this initial recovery phase, you will be able to resume your everyday life while the breast tissue recovers. However, it could take up to a year for the tissues and scars to flatten and fade completely. Dr. Mirzabeigi will schedule follow-up appointments after your DIEP Flap Reconstruction to make sure your recovery stays on track.

Dr. Mirzabeigi will clarify when it is safe for you to resume your normal activities. Our Atlanta DIEP Flap Reconstruction patients often wait four to six weeks before participating in intense workouts. You will be given special post-operative instructions for a range of motion exercises to help you restore mobility.

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DIEP Flap Reconstruction Results

Reclaim Your Curves

The results of DIEP Flap Reconstruction are often incredibly rewarding for patients. Many women report that their reconstructed breasts feel and look very natural, closely mimicking the appearance and texture of their original breasts. This is because the procedure uses your own tissue, which integrates well with your body and ages naturally over time.

Patients also appreciate the added benefit of a flatter, tighter abdomen, thanks to the tissue removal process from the tummy area. The dual benefit of breast reconstruction and a tummy tuck often boosts confidence and enhances overall body image. Most importantly, the results are long-lasting, providing a sense of completion and satisfaction without the need for future surgeries or implant replacements.

How much does DIEP Flap Reconstruction cost?

Every DIEP procedure is unique. Dr. Mirzabeigi will discuss the cost of your DIEP Flap Reconstruction during your consultation. Your medical insurance should cover the cost. However, if you are not insured, payment and financing options are available for your convenience.

Schedule your Atlanta DIEP Flap Reconstruction consultation with Dr. Mirzabeigi today

Specialized Treatments. Exceptional Results.

Michael N. Mirzabiegi, MD strives to deliver the best and safest DIEP Flap Reconstruction Surgery Atlanta has to offer. He has years of experience in creating outstanding breast reconstruction results in Atlanta using the most up-to-date procedures and methodologies. Schedule a consultation today to begin reviewing your options and developing the best treatment plan for you.

DIEP Flap Reconstruction

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the risks of DIEP Flap Reconstruction?

Any surgery has hazards, but proper pre- and post-operative instructions can reduce those risks. If you have a pre-existing medical condition, Dr. Mirzabeigi will work with you and your doctor to maximize your safety and rehabilitation.

Does my insurance cover DIEP Flap Reconstruction?

It is always a good idea to speak with your healthcare provider about your coverage alternatives. On the other hand, your insurance will cover the cost of the mastectomy as well as the reconstruction method of your choice. Dr. Mirzabeigi will work with your insurance company and keep you updated on coverage and payment information.

Will my stomach be flat after DIEP flap surgery?

Yes, since tissue is taken from your lower abdomen, you'll also enjoy a flatter, tighter tummy. This is often seen as a bonus benefit of the procedure. However, the exact outcome can vary depending on your body type and healing process.

Will I lose weight after a DIEP flap?

While tissue removal might cause you to lose a small amount of weight, it's not a weight-loss procedure. The primary goal is breast reconstruction, not weight reduction. Any changes in weight will be minor and should not be considered a significant factor in the decision-making process.

How painful is DIEP flap reconstruction surgery?

Some discomfort is expected, but pain is managed with medication, and most patients find it tolerable. Pain levels can vary, but your medical team will work with you to ensure you are as comfortable as possible. Recovery support and pain management plans are always tailored to individual needs.

Schedule a consultation today

Dr. Michael Mirzabeigi delivers exceptional plastic surgery results with a compassionate touch that makes sure you feel comfortable and confident throughout your journey. Start that journey today with a consultation.

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975 Johnson Ferry Road NE, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30342