Latissimus Dorsi Flap

Results

This procedure entails the use of an amount of healthy tissue from the back, allowing for the reconstruction of a small/medium breast mound, much softer and with a more natural drop if compared with what is obtained with the expander and prosthesis technique. With the Latissimus Dorsi flap the incidence of foreign body "capsule contracture" is much lower than with the expander technique, or completely absent if the reconstruction uses only "autologus" tissues, without prosthesis.

Two scars result from this procedure: an elliptically shaped one on the breast mound and a second longitudinal one on the posterior thoracic wall at the level of the bra belt and easily hidden by it. Is indeed in this area that the flap to reconstruct the breast mound was harvested.

Sometimes the scar can be placed vertically on the lateral aspect of the thoracic wall, being easily hidden by the arm.

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