At the bottom of this page I am going to post a picture of a lady who posted her picture on Facebook.
Warning… It is graphic
DIEP flap reconstruction is where the deep inferior epigastric perforations (abdominal blood vessels) and the skin and abdominal fat are relocated to rebuild breast(s) after mastectomy. This is done without sacrificing abdominal muscles and without implants.
Basically, you get a tummy tuck where your abdominal skin and fat is used to make new breasts without cutting your muscles nor inserting implants.
This is the type of breast reconstruction I chose after having bilateral mastectomy September 30, 2013.
Years ago, insurance did not cover breast reconstruction post mastectomy due to breast cancer. They classified it as cosmetic surgery, not necessary. As if it was your choice to get breast cancer. :0[ my “really?” Face
Later, it was federally mandated that insurance has to pay for breast reconstruction of YOUR CHOICE .
I did not want to cut any muscles and being only 42, I didn’t want implants for two reasons. ….They are hard and cold and would probably need replacing in 13+ years and I don’t want to do that.
DIEP flap was a choice for me because my breast feel soft, warm, more natural. But…The surgery was tough. It isn’t all butterflies and fuzzy cute kittens….
I found a wonderful Dr., Dr. Marga Masssey. She is amazing!! She trained under the Doctor that developed the DIEP flap procedure. Check her out at drmarga.com ….I will talk about her in another post later.
I had my first surgery..mentioned in a previous post…but it was 14 hrs w Dr Marga and a second surgeon and a team of nurses. Whew!! I won’t lie..it was tough…but I made it…The picture below is not me but might as well be…it is how my body now looks with two more surgeries to go as well as 3D nipple tattoos.
Good luck to anyone who chooses this surgery….I would do it again.