What words should I know about breast reconstruction?
Pigmented skin surrounding the nipple.
Also known as augmentation mammaplasty; breast enlargement by surgery.
Also known as mastopexy; surgery to lift the breasts.
Reduction of breast size and breast lift by surgery.
A complication of breast implant surgery which occurs when scar tissue that normally forms around the implant tightens and squeezes the implant and becomes firm.
Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator flap, which transfers skin and fat from the abdomen.
An area of your body where the surgeon harvests skin, fat and muscle to reconstruct your breast – commonly located in less exposed areas of the body such as the back, abdomen or buttocks.
A surgical technique that transfers fat obtained by liposuction to enhance breast reconstruction by adding volume under the skin.
Flap (autologous) techniques
Surgical techniques used to reposition your own skin, fat and muscle to reconstruct or cover your breast.
Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.
Blood pooling beneath the skin.
Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help you relax.
Latissimus dorsi flap
A surgical technique that uses muscle, fat and skin tunneled under the skin and tissue of a woman's back to the reconstructed breast and remains attached to its donor site, leaving blood supply intact.
A drug injected directly to the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain.
The removal of the whole breast, typically to rid the body of cancer.
Profunda Artery Perforator flap, which transfers skin and fat from the upper thigh.
Superior Gluteal Artery Perforator flap, which transfers skin and fat from the buttock.
Superficial Inferior Epigastric Artery flap, which transfers skin and fat from the abdomen.
A surgical technique to stretch your own healthy tissue and create new skin to provide coverage for a breast implant.
Transverse Rectus Abdominis Musculocutaneous flap, a surgical technique that uses muscle, fat and skin from your own abdomen to reconstruct the breast.
Transverse Upper Gracilis flap, which transfers skin, fat and muscle from the inner thigh.