If you have questions about breast reconstruction using body tissue, talk to a specialist at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center. It’s a complex procedure with lots of options to consider. We can assist you with determining which option might be best for you and help you plan your breast reconstruction surgery at our state-of-the art surgical facility.
Breast reconstruction with flap surgery (tissue from your own body) is a complex procedure performed by a plastic surgeon. Very natural-looking results can be achieved using flap surgery with tissue from your stomach (abdomen). There are different abdomen tissues and methods to move the tissue that can be used based on blood supply and the surgeon’s preference.
This type of surgery is often done in two stages. First, over the course of months, you use an expander to stretch the skin and tissue. Then you have surgery to complete the tissue transfer and reconstruction. You may also consider having an operation for nipple reconstruction.