What is Latissimus Dorsi Breast Reconstruction?
The Latissimus Dorsi is a long muscle that is stretches underneath the armpit across the back. If New York City breast reconstruction surgeons, Dr. Kari Colen or Dr. Steven Colen recommend the Latissimus Dorsi Flap surgical technique for your reconstruction, the latissimus dorsi muscle, fat, and a small amount of back skin will be removed and transferred to create a new breast mound. One of the advantages of the latissimus dorsi flap is its proximity to the chest. The latissimus dorsi flap procedure is also less complicated compared to other flap procedures because the transferred tissue can remain attached to the natural blood supply.
Latissimus Dorsi Flap breast reconstruction can be performed with or without a silicone or saline breast implant. If an implant is going to be used, Dr. Kari Colen or Dr. Steven Colen will also temporarily place a tissue expander underneath of the transferred tissue to help stretch the muscle and tissue so that it can accommodate a silicone or saline implant.
Am I a Candidate for Latissimus Dorsi Breast Reconstruction?
The ideal candidate for Latissimus Dorsi Breast Reconstruction are patients who have a sufficient amount of their latissimus dorsi to reconstruct a breast and who would prefer to use their own tissue to reconstruct one or both of their breasts. Patients who enjoy sports that can potentially strain the latissimus dorsi muscle (such as skiing or swimming) may not be a good candidate for this procedure. However, they can consider other autologous breast reconstruction options such as DIEP Flap, TRAM Flap, or GAP Flap breast reconstruction.
Are you interested in Latissimus Dorsi Breast Reconstruction? Click here to contact Colen MD Plastic Surgery and set up a consultation to meet our surgeons Dr. Helen Colen and Dr. Stephen Colen at our Park Avenue Suite in Manhattan or to setup a consultation with Dr. Kari Colen in our New Jersey office located in Hackensack, NJ.