ABOUT PAP FLAP BREAST RECONSTRUCTION PROCEDURE
There are a number of other options for patients who don’t have enough abdominal tissue to make breasts after a mastectomy. The GAP flaps used to be the number two option for women who could not use their abdomen. However with the advent of the PAP flap, more and more women are now choosing to have this option.
PAP stands for profounda artery perforator flap. It is the tissue taken from the back of the leg just below the buttock crease.
The tissue is taken from the area sometimes called the “banana roll”. It is a horizontally or vertically designed elipse of skin and fat harvested from either below the buttock or the posterior inner thigh.
Like the DIEP, and all perforator flaps, this operation also spares the underlying muscle. Even very thin women are candidates for this operation. There is no damage to the underlying muscle and the resulting scar is very favorable. Thin women who don’t have a lot of body fat typically do not require much tissue to make a new breast. Therefore, almost everyone who wants this operation is a candidate for it.
VIEW OUR BEFORE & AFTER PAP BREAST RECONSTRUCTION PICTURES:
The photographs in this section are of actual patients of Dr. Joshua Levine. They have undergone various types of autologous breast reconstruction (perforator free flaps), i.e. DIEP/SIEA, PAP, GAP, delayed, immediate, with nipple-sparing mastectomy, etc. Keep in mind that each patient is unique and results may vary. To view more before & after photos, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.