Restore Your Bust with Scarless Flap Breast Reconstruction
Dr. David Passaretti and his team are proud to help women reclaim their feminine figures with breast reconstruction after mastectomy or trauma. While many patients benefit from breast reconstruction with implants and a tissue expander, this procedure is not appropriate for everyone. If you have undergone prior breast surgeries or radiation therapy — or if you have particularly thin tissue — Dr. Passaretti can use innovative scarless flap breast reconstruction to restore your bust at his Darien, CT practice. To learn more about scarless flap breast reconstruction, reach out to our practice today.
Understanding Scarless Flap Breast Reconstruction
Traditional latissimus flap breast reconstruction surgery usually results in noticeable scarring, but Dr. Passaretti’s less invasive approach can achieve more natural-looking results with shorter recovery periods. During scarless flap breast reconstruction, Dr. Passaretti will create a small incision in your back to access your latissimus dorsi muscle, a flat muscle that extends across the lower back from the shoulder to the spine.
Next, he will rotate this muscle around to the chest with the blood supply still attached. If you have a thinner frame or you desire a modest increase in the size of your breast, Dr. Passaretti can use the muscle alone to reconstruct your breast. For those seeking more volume, Dr. Passaretti can also place a saline or silicone breast implant underneath this modified muscle. When compared to reconstruction with a tissue expander, reconstructing your breast with your own tissue can create breasts with a more natural texture and appearance.
Recovering from Scarless Flap Breast Reconstruction
Most patients can recover from scarless flap breast reconstruction within one month. To achieve optimal results, you should follow Dr. Passaretti’s post-operative directions as closely as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, our compassionate staff will be here to help.
Some patients are concerned about how repositioning the latissimus dorsi muscle will affect their long-term strength, flexibility, and activity. Fortunately, the surrounding back muscles typically adapt to this adjustment as you heal, and many patients can resume their normal activities. However, you may need to be careful about the types of twisting and lifting motions you perform in your daily life.
Am I a Candidate?
Dr. Passaretti utilizes a variety of breast reconstruction techniques, and we can help determine the type that is best suited your unique needs. In general, you may be a good candidate for scarless flap breast reconstruction if you:
- Have sufficient muscle and fat across the middle of your back
- Wish to create a more natural appearance by using your own tissue
- Have had previous breast surgeries, especially other flap procedures
- Do not meet the candidacy requirements for other procedures such as transverse rectus abdominis (TRAM flap) and deep inferior epigastric perforators (DIEP flap) breast reconstruction
During your initial consultation, Dr. Passaretti will examine your breasts, review your medical records, and discuss your goals to help plan treatment.
If you are seeking breast reconstruction after a mastectomy or trauma, scarless flap breast reconstruction can help you enjoy your feminine figure once again. Contact our practice today to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Passaretti.