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This type of breast reconstruction uses areas (known as flaps) of muscle, fat and skin.
Flap reconstruction can be used to create new breasts after a mastectomy. This type of reconstruction is more complex than implant reconstruction.
It involves transferring a flap of skin, fat and sometimes muscle from another part of your body (the donor site) to your chest wall to create a breast shape.
This type of reconstruction may be suitable for women who:
Some types of reconstruction use both a flap of tissue and an implant to help give the right shape, especially if a larger breast is being reconstructed.
You can find more detailed information covering the options for having reconstruction using tissue from:
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