In the second phase of reconstruction where symmetry procedures are performed small areas of fat necrosis can be contoured. This most common at an edge of the flap. Using fat graft is common in this step to help improve these areas.See your DIEP flap surgeon regarding the mammogram results and an exam.
I Have had DIEP Flap after breast cancer. Had mammogram and it shows I have Fatty nercrious in my breast. is that normal?
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DIEP flap Breast Reconstruction
Fat necrosis following DIEP
Fat necrosis is relatively common following a DIEP reconstruction. If the area is large, or bothersome, you may benefit from excision. Small areas can resolve with no intervention. If you have a large area excised, you may require fat grafting to restore good contour.
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