Latissimus Dorsi Flap Implant
This patient is 58 years old and came in for a breast reconstruction consultation with Dr. Leonard following her breast cancer diagnosis. The disease was in the left breast, but after consultation with her surgical oncologist, she chose to have a double mastectomy. At the time of her treatment, the FDA had not released the use of silicone gel implants, so her final implants were smooth, round saline implants with a moderate plus profile. Saline implants alone provide for a poorer reconstruction because of rippling and very little natural results. To help overcome this, she had a latissimus dorsi flap reconstruction, which is muscle and skin taken from the back and rotated to the front to be stretched by tissue expanders and then coverage for the final implants. She also had nipple reconstruction and tattooing. In the end, she was able to achieve a very nice and natural reconstruction. She has experienced no weakness or loss of activities from the use of her altered latissimus dorsi flap. She is elated with her results.