The SIEA (Superficial Inferior Epigastric Artery) Flap, like the DIEP Flap, replaces breast tissue removed during a mastectomy by relocating skin and fatty tissue from the stomach area and formulating a new, natural breast.
For some women, the blood vessels just under the skin in the lower stomach area may be chosen for the required reconstructive tissue. Otherwise, the procedures is similar to the DIEP flap. A bikini line incision is designed and the necessary skin, fat and tiny supplying blood vessels are taken. These vessels are paired with vessels where the breast tissue has been removed and reattached under a microscope.
Use of this free flap reconstruction technique benefits you, because your surgeon will relocate tissue while leaving the adjoining muscles undisturbed. In fact, the SIEA Flap allows for complete avoidance of the muscles, because the blood vessels used do not travel within the muscles.
Again like in the DIEP Flap, the resulting scarring in the lower stomach or pubic area is very similar to that of a tummy tuck.
Later, the nipples and areolas will be restored.