Breast Reconstruction Minneapolis
Advanced Muscle Sparing Tissue Breast Reconstruction (DIEP, SIEA microvascular free flaps) Surgery in Minneapolis
Dr. Landis performs a revolutionary form of breast reconstruction that uses your own body’s abdominal tissue without the need for implants. For those without adequate abdominal tissue, other areas can be borrowed from without disturbing the body’s underlying muscle structure.
Known as DIEP (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator) Flap breast reconstruction, skin and soft tissue removed during mastectomy is replaced with living tissue from the abdomen. A slim incision along the bikini line is made much like that used for a tummy tuck. The necessary skin, soft tissue and tiny feeding blood vessels are removed. These tiny blood vessels are matched to supplying vessels at the mastectomy site and reattached under a microscope.
Like the DIEP, the SIEA (Superficial Inferior Epigastric Artery) Flap breast reconstruction replaces the skin and soft tissue removed at mastectomy with living tissue by borrowing skin and fatty tissue from the abdomen, except that the blood vessels just under the skin in the lower abdomen may be chosen as the feeding vessels for the required tissue. The procedure is otherwise the same as the DIEP flap.
A bikini line incision is designed and the necessary skin, fat, and tiny supplying blood vessels are taken. These tiny blood vessels are matched to supplying vessels at the mastectomy site and reattached under a microscope. The use of the superficial vessels in the SIEA allows for complete avoidance of the abdominal muscles because the blood vessel used do not travel within the muscle. The vessel supplying the lower abdominal tissue are preserved and the transferred skin and fat are transformed into a new breast mound.
After either DIEP or SIEA, restoration of the nipple and areola follow, and scars fade substantially with time. For many women, the reconstructed breast may be firmer and have a more youthful appearance than their natural breasts.
Breast Reconstruction with Silicone Gel Implants
Most women undergoing breast reconstruction with implants choose to use silicone gel breast implants rather than saline-filled breast implants. While both silicone and saline implants are an option, silicone gel implants more closely resemble the feeling of natural breasts. This is especially important for women who are having breast reconstruction on only one breast, as silicone gel implants will more closely resemble the buoyancy and give of the other breast.
Silicone implants are now FDA-approved for all women over 21, but have been used for breast reconstruction patients of all ages for many years. Gel implants have undergone extensive testing and have dramatically improved over the years, making them a safe women for breast reconstruction patients.
Minneapolis breast reconstruction surgeon Dr. Landis will discuss your concerns with you and explain the details of breast reconstruction surgery. He will work with you and your other physicians to determine a surgical plan that best suits your needs to create the results that you hope for.
Call Landis Plastic Surgery at (562) 562-5940 to schedule a consultation or for more information about breast reconstruction plastic surgery.