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by red51 on Thu Oct 01, 2009 12:00 AM
by Teresa_Marie on Thu Oct 08, 2009 12:00 AM
To answer your question, I believe they always make the breast a little big so that they have room to go back and "sculp" the breast to what they want. Yes this can involve liposuction in some cases. I had my DIEP 2 years ago and could not be any happier. I love my new breast and you would never be able to tell the difference just by looking at me. I have not had any problems and new breast feels very natural. The recovery time is about the same but a lot less involved and is done as an out patient proceedure. I had my surgeon do extra lipo on another part of my body while I was there. My surgeon constructed my nipples in his office a few weeks later after the swelling went down. There is no feeling in the area so there was no need to use anesthesia and I watched him perform the proceedure.
Good luck to you and hope you enjoy your new breast(s).
by KayleighGrace on Sat Oct 17, 2009 12:00 AM
I am trying to decide where to do my DIEP and wondering where you have done your. There is a doctor in Denver or close by who seems to have a pretty good success rate. Anyone else know of some one in Colorado that has a high success rate?
by KarenRB on Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:53 AM
Hi, I had DIEP on September 16, 2009 in Colorado. My surgeons are wonderful and I believe they are the only team of docs in Colorado who do the surgery. They are Chris Williams and Jeremy Williams (not related) at Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery in Lone Tree (a suburb south of Denver). I am 7 weeks out and so glad I had the surgery! I had a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. I am scheduled for phase two on December 18. As far as their success rate, I was told that 1 in 100 flaps are "lost" meaning the blood flow cannot be established. They are super meticulous during surgery to avoid losing a flap. I highly recommend checking them out. Not only are they very educated and well trained but they are nice guys!
by KarenRB on Tue May 25, 2010 01:01 AM
I had lipo suction during my phase two DIEP Flap surgery. I had it in four spots - on the sides of each breast and on my hips, at each end of the abdominal incision. My doc told me he removed maybe a 1/4 pound of fat from each spot, so only one pound total. It has been 5 months since the second surgery and I can definitley tell where the lipo was done. It looks great! It is amazing that removing a relatively small amount of fat can make such a difference.
I went in thinking I would have nipple reconstruction but my cosmetic surgeon made the decision to give me a breast lift (and do the lipo) instead. I am thrilled with the results of that, too. He wanted to wait until all the swelling from the lift was gone before he did the nipple reconstruction. It is an in-office procedure, using local anesthetic. I have just been too busy to schedule it, but I am not nervous about it at all. Plus, it's kind of nice not having to worry about nips showing through shirts if I don't want to wear a bra!
by Teresa_Marie on Tue May 25, 2010 01:22 AM
Hi Red 51, depending on you, there can be some liposuction. My second phase was done as an out-patient procedure and it was fine. I had my nipple done in my surgeons office without any numbing because there is no feeling in your breast anyway. If you are using tissue from another source on your body then yes you would have to be put out. Your plastic surgeon should be able to explain to you exactly what she/he is going to do. Good luck and enjoy!
by KrisRooke on Mon Aug 20, 2012 06:28 AM
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