During a DIEP flap, the navel, or belly button, must be repositioned to maintain a natural position on the abdomen. Traditionally, this is done with a circular or star shaped incision surrounding the navel that produces a conspicuous scar after healing. The incision on the donor site is also commonly done with future revision surgeries in mind, with disappointing cosmetic results. Dr. Fisher instead uses a specially designed closure to minimize or eliminate skin bulging at the corners of your abdominal incision.
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Results from a traditional DIEP flap closure can result in a cosmetically disappointing belly button and an obtrusive abdominal closure.

She shapes the umbilical incision in a way that results in a hidden scar inside the umbilicus, for a more natural-looking navel. This careful shaping takes some more time in the operating room but provides better results after the initial reconstruction.

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60-year old woman, 6 weeks after DIEP flap, without revision. Our surgeons use a specially designed umbilicus closure for a hidden scar within the navel, producing a more natural looking result.

Measure Twice, Cut Once – More Natural-Looking Navel After DIEP Flap – Christine Fisher MD

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