What are some of the most common flaps?
DIEP – DIEP stands for Deep Inferior Epigastric Artery Perforator. These types of flaps are taken from the lower abdominal wall and can convincingly recreate the breast mounds without disrupting the stomach muscles.
PAP – PAP stands for Profunda Artery Perforator. Here, skin, tissue, and fat are taken from the posterior thigh area to sculpt new breast mounds. This option is ideal for clients who lack the requisite donor tissue in the stomach. PAP is considered a free flap procedure, and no musculature is compromised during the process.
GAP – During this procedure, skin, fat, and tissue are obtained from the upper buttocks, or love handles. It is considered a muscle-sparing procedure. SGAP flaps are often employed when a woman cannot undergo flap surgery using tissue from the abdomen.
TDAP – TDAP stands for Thoracodorsal Artery Perforator. Here, skin, fat, and tissue are taken from the back area and used to rebuild the chest. TDAP is a pedicled flap that preserves the back muscles. The tissue is rotated to the front of the body without the need for reattaching the blood vessels.