Q: What is autologous reconstruction?

December 18th, 2010
By: Dr. Carlin Vickery and Dr. Leo Keegan

A: Autologous breast reconstructions, including DIEP flap and TRAM flap surgeries, use tissue from other parts of the patient’s body to replace lost breast volume. These specialized procedures may appear to be more complicated than breast implant surgery, but patients can generally expect natural-looking, long-lasting results. Patients who select autologous surgeries do not undergo multiple procedures as they would with implant reconstructions, and autologous surgeries often lead to a higher degree of long-term satisfaction as a result.

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