• DIEP Flap: Will I be skinny?

    Asked by MarS676 on Saturday, February 23, 2013

    DIEP Flap: Will I be skinny?

    I am finally having DIEP Flap reconstruction on Tuesday, after being rescheduled twice. I keep trying to envision what my body will look like. I am about 40 pounds overweight and know that I will need to lose weight after all this is over but am wondering how "skinny" will I look after the DIEP? Will my belly really be flat? Will I look proportioned or weird? If anyone has had the DIEP flap I would love to hear about what your results were like.

    9 Answers from the Community

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    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      Only the fat of your stomach will be taken, your fat elsewhere will remain the same. However, of you carry most of your weight in your stomach,,you will look XXX good. I didn't have this but researched it as it was going to,be my first option. From the pictures I saw, women with big sagging stomachs from childbirth were given nice flat stomachs (of course there's a huge scar).

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Have you talked to your surgeon about your weight loss plans? A significant change in weight after plastic surgery may not be a good idea. When you lose weight, your lose a combination of fat and muscle. The most important thing about a transplant is establishing a good blood supply. It can take quite while for your body to except the transplanted tissue as native and therefore weight loss might cause your breast to look out of proportion and your scars to be more prominent.. This is especially true if you have a single breast reconstructed rather than both. How flat your belly will be depends on how much tissue and fat the surgeon removes to create you breast(s).

      over 4 years ago
    • bbay65's Avatar

      I think this is what I had. Trans flap? Stomache was flatter, weight came back w/ ice-cream. Breast did not heal, but that was more my fault.

      over 4 years ago
    • Msreje's Avatar

      I had DIEP flap last May. My belly looks unbelievable. I too had about 40 pounds extra and I still have the extra 40!!!! I am now on weight watchers and lost 14 pounds and my belly looks even better. I insisted that I leave that surgery with the same size bra I had before I entered. The plastic surgeon thought that I should go smaller but I wanted to look like me. I stuck to DD. As the weight is coming off I look better and feel better. I am sure you are going to look absolutely GREAT!!!! Best of luck on Tuesday.

      over 4 years ago
    • nonnie917's Avatar

      I had that procedure done. While you do lose a little fat off the tummy it isn't like a tummy tuck. There is left over fat. It will be flatter than it was when you started, but it will not be completely flat like with a tummy tuck. I too am working at getting the extra weight off. This operation has given me the incentive to work at getting that extra flab off. I have lost 14 lbs since the operation and over all since the double mastectomy 33 lbs. It isn't easy for me because I am a diabetic and diabetics do not lose the weight like a normal person does. So for me it's stay away from the carbs and watch my portion sizes. So far that has worked where every other diet has failed. Once I can get moving again, I will start slow by walking the dog around the block until I can get to a point where I can take longer walks. Exercise is so key to losing weight. There is also a DVD I am going to get call Sit and Stay Fit. Since I am a senior, I cannot do all that jumping around and this DVD was recommended to me by my Aunt. So as soon as I am allowed to put my arms above my head and hold a little weight I am going to start that too. So don't be disappointed and expect to come out of the operation looking like you had a complete tummy tuck. Not unless you have a surgeon that would do it and charge you the difference. I want one of those lifestyle facelifts, but can't afford them. If I could get my face to look skinnier I would have more incentive to work hard. But our family genetics, all of us have turkey necks starting about age 50. Such is life. Good luck with your operation and I hope they get all the cancer.

      over 4 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      Best of luck with this. I am scheduled for DIEP in April and have being trying to find out how others have faired. Dr. told mei f I want to lose any weight, to do it before the surgery. I think it will effect the size of the new breasts, since that is now going to be made from fat and tissue. Also it works better if you lose a little belly fat so that you'll have a real flat tummy after. I don't carry my weight in my stomach so there isn't much there, but I'd like to lose as well before this surgery. I may delay as well, it will be 6 monts from end of treatments and I feel like I still need more time away from all this to just be on a normal lifestyle for a minute! Please let me know how you do. I need to know more about this surgery. I'm nervous since expander failed and had to come out.

      over 4 years ago
    • Momofivedcisbc's Avatar

      I am very happy with the results of my diep flap procedure that was done in september 2012. I definitely am thinner than I was however over the last 4 months I have been going to physical therapy and it is a lot of work to get my core strong again. My stomach felt very tight for the first month or so. The physical therapist helped to make sure that scar tissue did not build up along the incision and I am feeling better every day. I will always have to be conscious about my nutrition and my exercise to not regain the weight. There was more numbness than I had anticipated prior. I had previously had 5 c-sections. I like the results of the reconstruction of my breasts, they look natural, just had the nipple reconstruction and plan to have nipple tattooing next. I feel progress not perfection is the goal. I am so.... thankful to be breast cancer free.... that was my goal. I feel better inside and out although it was an adjustment especially the look of the scar and my new belly button was different. I wish you the best of luck. Keep us posted on your progress.

      over 4 years ago
    • MarnieC's Avatar

      Hi MarS676 - looks like you got some great answers here. If you need any additional info, here's a link to my web page where I share a little additional information about this procedure. It's not an easy one to go through and you'll need a good surgeon, but many women are pretty happy with the results of DIEP flap surgery. Link: http://marnieclark.com/types-of-reconstruction-surgery-the-diep-flap/

      over 4 years ago
    • Over50's Avatar

      Diep flap reconstruction ruined my life. I have not felt well since pre- surgery, 2013. The mastectomy was a breeze. I wish I had skipped the reconstruction altogether.

      over 3 years ago

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