Latissimus Dorsi Flap Reconstruction

When the tissue from the abdomen is not an option, the skin, fat and muscle of the back can be used to reconstruct the breast through a procedure known as Latissimus Dorsi Flap Reconstruction. Click below to learn more about Latissimus Dorsi Flap Reconstruction.

What Is The Latissimus Dorsi Flap Procedure And How Is It Performed?

  • This flap gets its name from the muscle that is used from the back: the latissimus dorsi muscle
  • This flap of muscle, skin and fat is tunneled beneath the skin under the armpit to create a new breast mound
  • Because this flap is often not large enough to create a sufficient breast mound, an implant is also used under the flap. But, because natural tissue is used on top of the implant, a more natural feel is often the result

Who Is A Candidate?

Nearly anyone can have a latissimus dorsi flap procedure unless you have had prior surgery or trauma in the back area. Patients who desire a more natural feel and do not have enough abdominal tissue for the DIEP flap are ideal candidates. The downside is that an implant is also commonly used. This procedure is commonly used when a patient has had radiation damage to the breast area, is not a candidate for the DIEP flap procedure, and requires healthy tissue to be brought into the breast area for reconstruction. Mercy Plastic Surgeons will help you decide if this is the right option for you.

Photos are a great way to discuss a procedure, which is why we love to use them!

Photos are also a great way to help you understand your individualized and realistic outcome. Because each person is different in size, shape, body type, and desire, we feel that photos are best “interpreted” and discussed together in consultation. That is why we will use them in a one-on-one discussion that will help you understand the process and results that are achievable in your particular case.

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