These techniques are used to improve the shape of the breast after a portion of the breast has been removed for cancer (lumpectomy or wide-local excision) by importing new skin and tissue to replace the volume and skin that have been removed.
These flap procedures involve moving tissue from near the armpit area or side of the back. The flap is made up of mainly skin, fat, and blood vessels. It is tunnelled with its blood supply attached under the skin below the armpit to the front of the chest. You will have additional scaring on your back and may have a patchwork appearance to the scaring on your breast.
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