BREAST RECONSTRUCTION &
After a mastectomy, many women feel as though they’ve lost a part of their feminine identity. One of the reasons Dr. LoTempio chose to specialize in breast surgery and microsurgical breast reconstruction is that this is a very personal form of surgery. Many women simply feel more comfortable and understood when being treated by a female surgeon—someone who can immediately empathize with their needs and concerns.
The goal of breast reconstruction is to create a breast that looks and feels natural—to restore the femininity that women may feel was taken away. Dr. LoTempio is an expert in the modern microsurgical techniques that are making this goal more achievable than ever before. Her unique training enables her to take live skin and fatty tissue from the abdomen, medial thigh, or buttock and move it to the breast, using microsurgery to re-attach the blood vessels and nerves. This gives patients a new breast that is alive and natural without the use of implants or interference with the abdominal muscles.
DIEP FLAP Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flap
Skin and fatty tissue are taken from the abdomen and used to replace the skin and tissue removed from the breast during mastectomy, resulting in a soft, natural, reconstructed breast.
TUG FLAP Transverse Upper Gracilis Flap
Skin, fat, and muscle from the inner part of the upper thigh are used to construct a natural reconstructed breast. Many patients prefer this surgery as it involves no abdominal tissue and they may also receive an "inner thigh lift" as a result of the surgery.
SGAP FLAP (bilateral simultaneous) Gluteal Artery Perforator Flap
Skin, fat, and blood vessels are removed from the gluteal area, using a small incision on the upper buttock, and are used to replace breast skin and tissue. This procedure is useful for women who do not have adequate abdominal tissue for the DIEP Flap procedure.
I-GAP FLAP (bilateral simultaneous) Inferior Gluteal Artery Perforator Flap
One of the newest techniques in use, the I-GAP takes skin and fat from the lower buttock to replace tissue removed during mastectomy. The incision is hidden in the crease below the buttock, so scarring is almost invisible.
SIEA FLAP Superficial Inferior Epigastric Artery Flap
Just as in the DIEP flap procedure, skin and tissue are taken from the abdomen to reconstruct the breast. In the SIEA flap, however, the blood vessels in the lower abdomen, just beneath the skin, are used.