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DIEP Flap

If you're considering breast reconstruction after mastectomy, you may be interested in natural breast reconstruction.

Dr. Ravi Tandon often recommends the advanced DIEP flap method to restore the size, shape, and symmetry of your breasts and produce outstanding results.

Find out why the DIEP flap is considered the state-of-the-art technique in breast reconstruction…

An Advanced Microsurgical Technique with Superior Results

Deep inferior epigastric perforator surgery, or DIEP flap surgery, is an advanced type of natural breast reconstruction. During the procedure, tissue from the lower abdomen is used to rebuild the breast after a mastectomy. This muscle-sparing technique offers substantial benefits over earlier reconstructive techniques such as the TRAM flap method.
Dr. Tandon performs DIEP flap reconstruction in New Orleans, LA. Our team at Tandon Plastic Surgery is dedicated to breast reconstruction, with a strong emphasis on natural reconstructive techniques.

What Are the Benefits of
Muscle-Sparing Reconstruction?

Conservative

Unlike older methods such as the TRAM flap, DIEP flaps don't remove any muscle. This flap method preserves abdominal muscle, maintains core strength, and reduces the risk of hernias.

Natural-looking

Because DIEP flap reconstruction uses your own tissue, your new breast will look and feel much like a natural breast. It will move with your body, change shape with weight fluctuations, and be soft and realistic.

Slimmer stomach

The removal of fat and skin from the lower abdomen creates similar results to a tummy tuck. After the procedure, patients benefit from a fully reconstructed breast as well as a flat, toned stomach.

Long-lasting

Patients who have a DIEP procedure can enjoy results that last for years without requiring additional treatments. Unlike breast implants, there is no need for additional surgeries and no risk of implant rupture.

An added benefit?

DIEP flap Surgery Diagram
DIEP flap surgery creates similar results to a tummy tuck, with a flatter abdomen and fuller breasts.

"Dr. Tandon and His Staff Really Care about You"

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Theresa Nava

2019

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I had a double mastectomy in January 2018 ,because of breast cancer .I was Sent to Doctor Tandon by Doctor Alfered Colfry my breast oncologist sugeron . Doctor Tandon listened carefully to my concerns reassuring me all the way through this difficult time ,he is very knowledgeable ,skillful plastic sugeron.Doctor Tandon an his staff are kind an caring for there patients .i am very happy with my results I highly recommend him as a sugeron .

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Judith Corcoran

2020

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Great doctor! Dr. Tandon and his staff really care about you and give you all the facts for you to make the best decision for you!

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I've Had a Mastectomy Can I Still Pursue DIEP Flap Reconstruction?

Yes, you can still visit Dr. Tandon for your reconstruction. Many breast cancer patients have seen the incredible benefits that this procedure can provide, both directly after their mastectomy and in the time after it has healed.

Whether you have received a single mastectomy or a double mastectomy, you may still be eligible for single or stacked flap surgery.

You Are Not Alone Breast Cancer Will Affect 1 in 8 Women

Though breast cancer can feel like an incredibly isolating illness, it is sadly all too common. According to the American Cancer Society, 13% of women, or 1 in 8, will be diagnosed will breast cancer in their lifetimes. Dr. Tandon has helped survivors like you, giving them the compassionate and specialized care they deserve.

Choose a Dedicated Breast Cancer Advocate

For Your DIEP Flap Reconstruction

Dr. Tandon is a strong advocate for breast cancer patients. He was personally involved in the passing of a state law requiring hospitals to inform patients of all their breast reconstruction options. He brings this level of care and compassion to his office each and every day, showing patients like you the paths they can take in their reconstruction journey.

Our New Orleans-area team can help you explore the possibilities. Whether you're ready to schedule your reconstruction consultation or you have a few questions to ask first, we're here for you. Contact our Metairie, LA, office to begin. You can also call

(504) 455-1000

Advocating for and treating breast cancer patients is one of most rewarding parts of Dr. Tandon's career. He and his New Orleans-area team are here to help you.

"Thank you Dr. Tandon." Our New Orleans-Area Patients Can Reassure You

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Tricia O'Connor

2022

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Dr.Tandon is the best! After being diagnosed with early stage breast cancer Dr. Tandon put my mind to ease at our first meeting. He is compassionate, patient, funny and very talented. A year after my final surgery I can say I’m very pleased with my reconstruction and would recommend Dr. Tandon to anyone in the same situation.

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Tessica Andrews

2017

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Time and health are two precious assets that we don't recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.

Thank you Dr Tandon you've changed my life in a good way .

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An Advanced Muscle-Sparing Technique

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After surviving breast cancer and potentially undergoing a mastectomy, you may worry about seeking additional treatment. Fortunately, Dr. Tandon practices a less invasive surgical treatment. Unlike older methods, DIEP flap breast reconstruction preserves abdominal muscles and reduces the risk of hernias.

DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction Is an Effective Alternative to Implants

Often, breast implants are the first surgical procedure that comes to mind when patients consider adding volume or shape to their breasts. While breast implants can be an excellent choice, before you make your decision, you should also consider the unique advantages of DIEP flap breast reconstruction. 

This surgical procedure uses your own fat, which reduces the possibility of rejection. Additionally, breast implants need periodic replacement, meaning that you will need further surgeries to maintain your results. Flap reconstruction only needs to be performed once, giving you stunning results and peace of mind.

Breast Reconstruction
Doesn't Just Refine Appearance
It Also Affects Your State of Mind

After months or years of uncertainty and stress, you have survived the journey. Though it can sometimes feel hard to be at home in your own body, you have control again. If you wish to have a new start with breast reconstruction, it will bring advantages beyond just cosmetic changes. Breast reconstruction can help give you:

Begin a New Stage of Your Life With a Team You Can Truly Trust

After the stress and uncertainty of breast cancer, you deserve to feel comfortable and safe in your own body. Our plastic surgeon, Dr. Tandon, and the rest of the team at Tandon Plastic Surgery understands that.

We have treated many former breast cancer patients. At our upscale, understanding practice, we pair compassion with advanced surgical techniques. We also strive to earn — and maintain — your trust every step of the way.

If you're ready to learn more, contact our office located in the Greater New Orleans, LA, area, or call:

(504) 455-1000

The team at Tandon Plastic Surgery pairs advanced techniques with next-level compassion. Get to know us at our Metairie, LA, office, and you'll see why patients happily trust us with their DIEP treatment.

 "I am FOREVER grateful." Why Our New Orleans-Area Patients Trust Dr. Tandon

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Mona Escobar

2020

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I came to Dr Tandon after chemo for a bilateral breast reconstruction. Afraid of what my future held, Dr Tandon and his staff addressed all my needs with confidence, compassion, and understanding. Cancer effects you physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. A year later, Dr Tandon and Staff gave me back my dignity, self esteem, and self love. To say THANK YOU, is not enough. He turned ugliness into beauty. I am FOREVER grateful

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Kate Leggio

2020

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I met with Dr. Tandon 4 days post a chemo treatment to discuss breast reconstruction options. I was not looking my best (bald, glass, bags under my eyes, and sweatpants) so I walked in feeling self conscious. Dr. Tandon was amazing. He took his time explaining everything and what he thought was best options for me. He made me feel confident and beautiful on a day I felt the worst. I cannot wait to see my results in a few months!

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What Your Breast Reconstruction May Look Like At Tandon Plastic Surgery

Patients visit Dr. Tandon at his state-of-the-art New Orleans-area office for knowledgeable, attentive care.
Patients visit Dr. Tandon at his state-of-the-art New Orleans-area office for knowledgeable, attentive care.

Consultation

Before we schedule your procedure at our Greater New Orleans practice, Dr. Tandon will conduct an in-depth consultation and walk through your medical history. 

He will also guide you through the process and your possible options, such as nipple reconstruction and breast implants.

Anesthesia

Dr. Tandon ensures that all of his patients are entirely sedated before he begins their DIEP flap breast reconstruction procedure. General anesthesia is administered to ensure your comfort.

Flap Elevation

An incision is made along the lower abdomen in order to create a flap. Fat, skin, and blood vessels are removed from the lower abdominal region.

Dr. Tandon will tighten the underlying tissue to ensure smooth results and close the incision.

Flap Placement

The flap is transported to the chest area and the blood vessels are carefully attached to provide circulation to the new tissue. 

Next, tissue is sculpted into a new breast that matches the size and shape of your natural breast.

Finally, the incision in the chest area is closed.

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You Have Exciting Options Ahead of You

With DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction

After your battle with breast cancer, you may wish to do something to feel like your old self again. DIEP flap breast reconstruction can restore a sense of control and improve your confidence. Dr. Tandon has guided many patients through the same effective process that you may be considering now.

Committed to Helping Women
Feel Confident Again

Dr. Tandon has specialized training in microsurgery techniques in addition to his extensive background in plastic and reconstructive surgery. The DIEP flap procedure is highly advanced and requires a meticulous eye and attention to detail.

Not every plastic surgeon–or even breast surgeon–can perform it. If you're looking for a passionate and skilled doctor well-versed in various flap techniques, message the team at Tandon Plastic Surgery or call our Metairie office, serving greater New Orleans, at:

(504) 455-1000

Dr. Tandon uses advanced microsurgical techniques to naturally reconstruct your breast or breasts.

"He Made Me Feel Confident and Beautiful" 5-Star Reviews from Our New Orleans–Area Patients

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Kate Leggio

2020

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I met with Dr. Tandon 4 days post a chemo treatment to discuss breast reconstruction options. I was not looking my best (bald, glass, bags under my eyes, and sweatpants) so I walked in feeling self conscious. Dr. Tandon was amazing. He took his time explaining everything and what he thought was best options for me. He made me feel confident and beautiful on a day I felt the worst. I cannot wait to see my results in a few months!

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Adrienne Thomas

2019

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Dr. Tandon's skill rebuilt my body after my cancer surgery, but his caring and compassionate (and humorous) attitude kept my outlook on life on track. I have never been a negative person, but cancer can make you question so much. Dr. Tandon never let me doubt that i could make it through. I would recommend him to everyone who is facing my situation, or who wants a physician who really cares about the total you. Thank you, Dr. Tandon, for everything!

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Additional Options to Explore

After the initial surgery, patients at our New Orleans-area office may choose to return for a touch-up procedure to improve their breast's symmetry and overall contour. Dr. Tandon can also perform body contouring treatments at this time to complement your results.

Patients may opt for nipple reconstruction after they are fully healed from DIEP flap breast reconstruction. This procedure is optional, but it can provide the finishing touches and conclude your breast cancer reconstruction journey. You can choose from two options: 3-D tattooing or nipple reconstruction using your own tissue.

Is DIEP Flap Reconstruction Covered by Insurance?

Yes, your DIEP flap reconstruction should be covered by insurance. According to The Women's Health and Cancer Rights of 1998 (WHRCA), health insurance companies are required to cover mastectomy and breast reconstruction procedures. We are happy to assist you throughout the process if you have any queries or concerns.

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Ravi Tandon, M.D.

Dr. Ravi Tandon is one of the most sought after plastic surgeons who is highly skilled and has trained in the latest breast reconstruction techniques. He is affiliated with various plastic surgery organizations: 

  • American Society of Plastic Surgery
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Louisiana Society of Plastic Surgeons

If you are exploring breast reconstruction during, immediately after, or long after your mastectomy, our compassionate team can help. To learn more about your options, request a consultation online or call our practice at (504) 455-1000.

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