BACKGROUND: Now-a-days, deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap breast reconstruction is widespread throughout the world. The aesthetical result is very important in breast reconstruction and its improvement is mandatory for plastic surgeons. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The most frequent problems, we have observed in breast reconstruction with DIEP flap are breast asymmetry in terms of volume and shape, the bulkiness of the inferior lateral quadrant of the new breast, the loss of volume of the upper pole and the lack of projection of the inferior pole. We proposed our personal techniques to improve the aesthetical result in DIEP flap breast reconstruction. Our experience consists of more than 220 DIEP flap breast reconstructions. RESULTS: The methods mentioned for improving the aesthetics of the reconstructed breast reported good results in all cases. CONCLUSION: The aim of our work is to describe our personal techniques in order to correct the mentioned problems and improve the final aesthetical outcome in DIEP flap breast reconstruction.

Aesthetical outcome after breast reconstruction using deep inferior epigastric perforator flap: Personal techniques

GELATI, CHIARA;NEGOSANTI, LUCA;ERICH FABBRI;CIPRIANI, RICCARDO
2013

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BACKGROUND: Now-a-days, deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap breast reconstruction is widespread throughout the world. The aesthetical result is very important in breast reconstruction and its improvement is mandatory for plastic surgeons. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The most frequent problems, we have observed in breast reconstruction with DIEP flap are breast asymmetry in terms of volume and shape, the bulkiness of the inferior lateral quadrant of the new breast, the loss of volume of the upper pole and the lack of projection of the inferior pole. We proposed our personal techniques to improve the aesthetical result in DIEP flap breast reconstruction. Our experience consists of more than 220 DIEP flap breast reconstructions. RESULTS: The methods mentioned for improving the aesthetics of the reconstructed breast reported good results in all cases. CONCLUSION: The aim of our work is to describe our personal techniques in order to correct the mentioned problems and improve the final aesthetical outcome in DIEP flap breast reconstruction.
GELATI CHIARA; NEGOSANTI LUCA; ERICH FABBRI; CIPRIANI RICCARDO
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