Autologous or “Flap” Breast Reconstruction

Autologous or “Flap” Breast Reconstruction

Posted on September 1, 2023

When it comes to breast reconstruction surgery, there are different options to choose from. One popular option is autologous or “flap” breast reconstruction. This technique involves using a woman’s own tissue, typically from her abdomen, back, or buttocks, to create a new breast after a mastectomy. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of autologous breast reconstruction and how a board-certified plastic surgeon can help you achieve the results you desire.

What is Autologous Breast Reconstruction?

Autologous breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure using a patient’s tissue to create a new breast. The tissue is typically taken from the patient’s abdomen, back, or buttocks and is transferred to the breast area to create a natural-looking breast. This technique is also known as “flap” reconstruction because the tissue is moved from one part of the body to another.


One of the main benefits of autologous breast reconstruction is that it provides a natural-looking and feeling breast. Because the tissue is taken from the patient’s body, the new breast will have a similar texture and shape to the natural breast. Additionally, complications such as implant rupture or leakage are less likely since no foreign object is being introduced to the body.

Another benefit of autologous breast reconstruction is that it can be performed at the same time as a mastectomy. This means that the patient will wake up from surgery with a new breast, which can be emotionally beneficial for many women.

Choosing a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon is essential for any type of plastic surgery, including autologous breast reconstruction. A board-certified plastic surgeon has completed extensive training in plastic surgery and has passed rigorous exams to ensure they have the knowledge and skills necessary to perform safe and effective procedures.

When choosing a plastic surgeon, it is important to research their qualifications and experience. Look for a surgeon who has performed many autologous breast reconstruction surgeries and has a track record of successful outcomes. Additionally, read reviews from past patients and ask to see before-and-after photos of their work.

Recovery and Results

The recovery period for autologous breast reconstruction varies depending on the individual patient and the extent of the surgery. Most patients will need to stay in the hospital for a few days after surgery and will need to take several weeks off work to recover.

In terms of results, autologous breast reconstruction can provide a natural-looking and feeling breast. However, it is important to have realistic expectations about the outcome of the surgery. Your plastic surgeon can discuss the potential results with you and help you decide if autologous breast reconstruction is the right option for you.

Final Thoughts

Autologous breast reconstruction is a safe and effective option for women who have undergone a mastectomy and wish to restore the appearance of their breasts. By using a patient’s own tissue, this technique provides a natural-looking and feeling breast with fewer risks of complications. With the right surgeon and realistic expectations, it can provide a natural and safe option for breast reconstruction.

For More Information on the Treatments and Procedures offered, contact award-winning Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Thomas Fiala at Fiala Aesthetics in Greater Orlando to Schedule Your Consultation:

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