ABOUT “STACKED” COMBINATION FLAPS BREAST RECONSTRUCTION
All women are candidates for autologous breast reconstruction. Even very thin women can use their own body tissue to reconstruct both breasts. When a patient has scant extra body fat, it is sometimes appropriate to use tissue from more than one donor site. These procedures are called “stacked” or “combination” flap reconstructions.
The most common stacked flap is from the abdomen. One half of the abdominal tissue is often used for one breast reconstruction. This allows us to reconstruct two breasts by using both halves of the abdomen (bilateral). If a thin patient requires one breast reconstruction (unilateral), both halves can be combined to create one breast. This is called a stacked or combined flap breast reconstruction.
When a bilateral breast reconstruction is done for a thin woman, four flaps may be recommended. This would usually include one half of the abdomen (hemi-abdomen) PLUS another flap such as a PAP flap for each breast.
VIEW OUR BEFORE & AFTER “STACKED” COMBINATION FLAPS 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.