A Section Of Skin, Fat And Muscle Is Lifted Off The Back From Below The Shoulder Blade Region. This Tissue Is Then Tunneled To The Front Of The Chest To Create The New Breast. The Patient Is Then Turned Onto Her Back To Complete The Shaping Of The New Breast.
Other Important Information For Patients To Know
Many patients undergoing a latissimus flap procedure require also require a tissue expander or fat grafting (or both) for additional volume. If a tissue expander is going to be used, this is placed at the time of the initial flap surgery and replaced by a permanent implant at a second procedure down the line (known as the “revision stage” or “stage 2”). Fat grafting can be added at stage 2 to address contour defects resulting from the mastectomy. Fat grafting alone can also be used to add volume and allows some patients to avoid implants altogether.
The procedure leaves a scar on the mid-back region below the shoulder blade that can sometimes be seen through a tank-top, swimsuit or sundress. The upper back can be numb or for a few months until the nerves grow back. Some patients will experience areas of permanent numbness. Women who are very active in sports should know that this procedure can impact ability to participate in activities like golf, climbing, swimming, or tennis.
- The latissimus flap uses skin, fat and muscle from the back to create a new breast
- The flap is tunneled under the skin and into the chest to create a new breast
- Many patients also require a tissue expander or fat grafting for additional volume
- The procedure leaves a scar on the mid-back region below the shoulder blade
- To learn if you are a latissimus flap candidate or to schedule a consultation, please contact us here or call us at (800) 692-5565.
PRMA Plastic Surgery Patient Stories
Oh what I would give to have found PRMA before my mastectomy, prosthesis, implants and 6 plus years of not being satisfied. I thank God every day for bringing PRMA into my life and I thank them for doing what they do so well. My wish is that PRMA reaches as many women possible early on so they too can benefit from the amazing work that they do for breast cancer patients. I promote PRMA every chance I have!
I would like to say is throughout the whole procedure from the first procedure, to the second procedure, to my final procedures I never felt less than a woman. I like my breast, and so the entire time I never felt like I was not a woman at any point. So definitely I would recommend PRMA to anyone and everyone.
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