Breast cancer continues to be one of the most frequent types of this disease. For women, this is not only a terrible illness but also often involves a mastectomy or removal of a breast. Women then have to face both the cancer and the loss of a breast or, in other words, the loss of part of their femininity.
Breast reconstruction is often an essential step towards regaining normality as it not only reconstructs a lost organ but also helps to regain femininity and helps the woman to forget her terrible fight against her illness.
DIEP is the most advanced microsurgical breast reconstruction technique, using only skin and fat from the abdomen and without injuring any muscle or using any material that is foreign to the body (breast implants).
The plastic surgeon´s aim is to create a new breast that is as close as possible to a natural one. To this end, over the years, and as surgical techniques and anatomical knowledge have improved, techniques have appeared that enable higher quality and more physiological reconstruction work.
Breast reconstruction does not interfere in the treatment or in the subsequent monitoring of breast cancer, evidenced by the fact that more and more oncologists recommend it.
This is the most popular method in the most prestigious hospital centers the world over. Most patients who have undergone mastectomies can opt for this kind of reconstruction, which is a great step forward in the fight against the repercussions of treating breast cancer. Clínica Planas has the most experienced medical team in this type of surgery in Spain.
The choice of the appropriate technique will depend on the characteristics of the illness and each patient. When more than one technique can be applied, the patient and surgeon will decide together after studying the drawbacks, advantages and risks involved in each technique. DIEP is the most advanced microsurgical breast reconstruction technique, using only skin and fat from the abdomen and without injuring any muscle or using any material that is foreign to the body (breast implants).
This technique consists of taking advantage of excess skin and fat in the abdominal area, which, given its physical characteristics in terms of color, thickness and texture is ideal for making a new breast.
The tissue removed from the abdomen is taken to the chest, where it is joined to an artery and a vein via microsurgery, so that it has its own blood supply.
This means a new breast can be remodeled and that it will be very similar to its mate in terms of color, feel and behavior.
The abdomen is then sealed as carefully as when a cosmetic abdominal dermolipectomy or "tummy tuck" is being performed, thereby enhancing its shape.