The DIEP Flap Procedure
During the DIEP flap procedure, fat, skin, and blood vessels are removed from the wall of the lower abdomen and moved up to the chest to rebuild the breast(s). During this procedure, no muscle is removed. Dr. Cusimano will then carefully reattach the blood vessels of the flap to the blood vessels in your chest with microsurgical techniques.
Because skin, fat, and blood vessels are transferred from the abdomen to the chest, patients who undergo DIEP flap can benefit from a flatter and tighter belly. The procedure does, however, result in a horizontal scar between the hip bones, that can be lowered at the second stage to hide nicely in the panty line.