A new breast shape(s) can be made using fat and skin taken from your buttock(s).
- You will have a scar on your breast(s) and a scar on your buttock (s). An SGAP flap leaves a diagonal scar on the upper buttock. This can usually be hidden by underwear with a higher waistband. An IGAP flap scar may be hidden in the crease between the lower buttock and thigh.
- One buttock may be slightly smaller than the other after surgery.
- Tissue in the buttocks is firmer than tissue in the tummy. This means breasts reconstructed with buttock tissue may feel firmer than one made from tummy tissue.
- There is a limit to the amount of tissue that can be taken and to the size of breast that can be reconstructed.
Below is a sample of the sources used in our breast cancer information. If you would like more information about the sources we use, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
European Society for Medical Oncology. Primary breast cancer: ESMO clinical practice guidelines for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. Annals of oncology 26 (supplement 5): v8–v30. 2015.
Morrow M, et al. Chapter 79: malignant tumors of the breast. DeVita, Hellman and Rosenberg’s cancer: principals and practice of oncology (10th edition). Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. 2014.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Early and locally advanced breast cancer: diagnosis and management. July 2018.
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network. SIGN 134. Treatment of primary breast cancer: a national clinical guideline. September 2013.
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