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Experienced PAP Flap Breast Reconstruction Surgeons

PAP Flap

Welcome to the Center for Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction, your trusted destination for PAP Flap breast reconstruction in New Orleans, LA and Southwest Florida. Led by Dr. Hugo St. Hilaire and his highly skilled team, we bring over 15 years of extensive experience to the field of breast reconstruction.

At our center, we specialize in using microsurgical techniques that utilize the patient's own tissue, ensuring natural and long-lasting results and minimizing the risk of complications to create beautiful, symmetrical breast reconstructions.

We understand that breast reconstruction is not just a physical transformation but also an emotional journey. Our compassionate staff is dedicated to providing comprehensive support, addressing all aspects of the patient's well-being throughout the entire treatment process.

When you choose the Center for Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction, you can trust that you will receive personalized care from a team with exceptional technical expertise and genuine empathy. Let us help you regain confidence and restore a sense of wholeness.


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Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction Procedures

Understanding PAP Flap Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Developed in 2010, the PAP Flap (Profunda Artery Perforator) procedure is an excellent donor site option for women who have had previous abdominal surgery or have limited abdominal tissue. The PAP Flap is based on the profunda artery perforator and utilizes the tissue of the posterior thigh.

Stacked Flap PAP Breast Reconstruction

We also offer stacked flap PAP breast reconstruction, an innovative microsurgical technique that utilizes tissue from the inner thigh to reconstruct the breast. This sophisticated approach offers patients a natural-looking and feeling outcome while minimizing donor site morbidity and maximizing aesthetic results.

The procedure involves removing tissue from the inner thigh, including skin, fat, and blood vessels, and transferring it to the breast area. This results in a soft and natural-looking breast with minimal scarring. The PAP Flap procedure has a shorter recovery time compared to other reconstruction methods and allows for a quicker return to normal activities.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of PAP Flap breast plastic surgery?

Unlike other flaps, the scar of the PAP flap can often be well hidden in the crease of the thigh and lower buttock.

Other advantages of the PAP Flap or stacked flap PAP include:

  • Its rigorous and lengthy blood vessels allow for versatility in choosing reattachment vessels at the mastectomy site
  • Its elliptical design provides an ideal shape for coning to create a natural breast
  • Because the dissection avoids the inguinal lymphatics, there is a great reduction in the risk of lymphedema and seromas
  • Like all other perforator flaps, the PAP flap transfers only the skin and fat, thereby leaving the muscle in place to preserve function

Because of all its benefits, the PAP Flap has rapidly become the go-to option following a DIEP flap.

How long does PAP Flap recovery typically take?

The typical recovery time for a PAP Flap procedure can vary, but a typical hospital stay for PAP flap surgery lasts 48 hours. It generally takes around 4 to 6 weeks for patients to fully recover. It's important to follow your surgeon's post-operative instructions and allow your body enough time to heal properly.

How will PAP Flap surgery affect the appearance of my breasts?

PAP Flap surgery can have a significant impact on the appearance of your breasts. By utilizing your own tissue from the lower abdomen, this procedure can enhance the shape, volume, and overall aesthetic of your breasts. It is important to consult with a qualified surgeon like Dr. St. Hilaire who can provide personalized information and address any concerns you may have regarding the specific outcomes of the surgery.

How can I get started with a PAP Flap reconstructive breast specialist near me?

It’s easy to schedule your first free consultation with Dr. St. Hilaire and the Center for Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction. Just fill out our online form, and we’ll determine together if you’re a candidate for surgery. We’re excited to meet you!

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