DIEP Flap vs. Implants – Breast Reconstruction

DIEP Flap vs Implants

Being diagnosed with cancer is devastating but being told to undergo a mastectomy can be heartbreaking for women. There are no words to describe the feeling because it is more than sad to lose such an important body part. Women are so attached to their breasts and losing them could be one of the worst things happening to them.

However, you don’t have to worry because now women have a choice of getting breast reconstruction after mastectomy. Thanks to the recent advances in cosmetic surgery, there is a wide range of breast reconstruction options available.

Two main types of breast reconstruction options are;

  • Implants
  • DIEP Flap


Implants are the most common type of breast reconstruction surgery. It uses either a saline implant or a silicone implant to reconstruct the breast. Implants can be performed immediately after the mastectomy or a few weeks after the surgery. If you opt for it to be performed later then a tissue expander will be placed underneath the pectoralis muscle in the chest. After a few weeks, the expander is filled with saline and the skin begins to stretch out gradually. The expansion process takes about six to eight weeks. The expander is removed after another six weeks and the final implant is put in place.

Candidates for Implants

The ideal candidates for implants are average bodied women with a B cup breast. Women with fuller breasts qualify for implants when a unilateral mastectomy is done. In such circumstances, the other natural breast would need to be reduced to achieve symmetry with the implant. Women with A cup breast size may undergo breast augmentation of the natural breast to achieve symmetry. Implants may get infected or leak and may require another procedure to be done. They also need to reviewed and changed down the line.


The DIEP flap breast reconstruction involves using a woman’s own tissue that is the fat, skin, and muscle to reconstruct the breast. These are obtained from the lower abdomen and are grafted to the chest. This type of reconstruction shows a more realistic result because it uses your own living tissue hence the blood flow to the tissue still continues. The Diep Flap is a great option because the tissue ages with you and there is no risk of rejection.

Factors to consider before undergoing breast reconstruction

The main aim of breast reconstruction is restoring the breast mound and achieving symmetry. It is crucial to know the type of breast cancer a patient has, the stage that it is in, and the exact location. Her general health status and her body type are also taken into consideration. The patient’s feelings and choices in regard to breast reconstruction are highly considered too. Also on the list is, if the patient might need additional therapy before and after the surgery.

Which is the best option?

Your doctor will guide you about both procedures and ultimately it is going to be your choice. Some women opt for implants because it gives you more control over the shape, size, and how the breast will look. Others go for the DIEP flap as it provides more realistic results.

Even though it is your personal choice to opt for implants or DIEP flap treatment but the opinion of the breast surgeon matters a lot. He will suggest to you the most suitable option after examining your breasts and you should trust him. At Dubai Cosmetic Surgery Clinic, you will find leading surgeons who can restore your breast appearance like a pro. You will never regret the decision of entrusting them with your treatment. So visit the clinic now or book an appointment online.