Your plastic surgeon uses skin, fat, and muscle from your upper back. Keeping the blood supply attached, the flap is passed through a tunnel under your skin to your chest to sculpt a new breast. LD back flap reconstruction is usually done in combination with a small breast implant or tissue expander because the back skin and muscle may not have sufficient volume for a full breast.
- Reconstructed breast looks natural
- Reconstructed breast ages naturally
- Reconstructed breast adjusts to weight gain and loss
Things to Consider
Not everyone is a candidate for this type of surgery. These are some of the factors that could prevent you from getting back flap reconstruction:
- Longer surgery time
- Longer recovery
- Scars elsewhere on the body
- Some medical co-morbidities where a longer surgery is not safe
- Active smoking
Who Should Get LD Flap Surgery?
LD flap is best for people who:
- Cannot have tissue taken from the abdomen
- Are willing to accept a longer initial recovery compared to implant only breast reconstruction
- Previously had radiation to the chest or breast
- Failed implant-based breast reconstruction
What to Expect with LD Flap Reconstruction
In general, the timeline for surgery and recovery varies from patient to patient.
- Hospital stay: 1 to 2 days
- Recovery: 3 to 6 weeks
- Hospital Stay: None (outpatient)
- Recovery: Minimal
FAQs: Preparing for Surgery
Tips and advice to prepare for all types of reconstruction surgery – like what to expect the day of surgery, what to bring, and how to prepare.
FAQs: Life After Surgery
More information and resources about life after reconstruction surgery – like what to expect and how to prepare for life after surgery.
Get the Support you need at MSK
MSK offers compassionate care from a team of experts oﬀering the latest breast reconstruction techniques. We’re here for you every step of the way, before, during, and after surgery.
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Support & Helpful Resources
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