The patient, shown here in a 3/4 (oblique) view, is a 5'7", 154-pound, 46-year-old female who was interested in revision of a right breast reconstruction. The surgical goal was to improve the volume and shape asymmetry as well as revision of the mastectomy scar.
The procedure performed on this patient was a TRAM flap reconstruction. The TRAM flap procedure uses muscle, fat, and skin from the patient's abdomen to create a flap of skin which stays attached to the donor site blood supply and is tunneled up beneath the skin before being placed in position on the breast. The TRAM is a popular flap reconstruction option because the patient winds up with a "tummy tuck" as a bonus.
Learn more about breast reconstruction after mastectomy.
Breast Reconstruction, Patient Information, provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Procedure-specific information accompanying each photo provided by contributing surgeon: Kevin Nini, MD, of Plastic Surgery Arts of New Jersey
TRAM Flap, Patient Information, provided by www.breastcancer.org