Autologous Breast Reconstruction
(with DIEP, TMG & LD Flaps)
Our highly skilled surgeons can offer breast reconstruction using your own body tissue rather than an implant.Book a Consultation Today
Breasts created with your own tissue are for life and they look and feel more like natural breast tissue than implants.
Your surgeon will create your new breast using a flap of skin, fat and sometimes muscle from elsewhere on your body. Favoured donor sites are the abdomen (a DIEP flap), the thighs (TMG flap), or the back (LD flap).
On this page, we look at:
- How North Bristol Private Hospital can help with your breast reconstruction
- What to expect from your consultation with your surgeon
- Reasons for choosing North Bristol Private Hospital
How North Bristol Private Hospital can help with your breast reconstruction
Our surgeons are experts in both breast surgery and the microsurgery techniques required for successful autologous breast reconstruction. You will receive the best advice available about the most appropriate surgery to achieve your goals and together we will work towards making your feel great about yourself.
Your surgery and aftercare will take place in our state-of-the-art hospital with surgical and nursing staff who are dedicated to making you feel comfortable and delivering great results.
What to expect from your consultations with your surgeon
The first stage of your journey with us will be a lengthy consultation during which your surgeon will discuss the different types of surgery available.
After a thorough assessment, your surgeon will suggest the best option for you and explain what you should expect during surgery and the recovery period.
A further consultation will give you the opportunity to ask any questions and once you are completely confident, we will schedule your surgery.
Why choose North Bristol Private Hospital for your breast reduction?
We offer world-class breast surgery to patients in Bristol and the South West. Our surgical teams possess unrivalled skills and experience and work in our state-of-the-art consultation and surgical facilities. You won’t need to wait months for a consultation as we see all our patients within 8 weeks of your first contact with us.
We know that surgery can be daunting, but we also believe that by developing a supportive relationship with you we can make you feel more confident and reduce any anxiety you may have.
If you stay overnight after a procedure, you will be delighted with the care that you will receive from your own dedicated nurse in our luxurious in-patient ward.
We can accommodate any requirements that you may have in terms of security or religious and cultural practices. For example, we can provide an all-female surgical and nursing team if this would make you more comfortable.
If your relatives accompany you, they will be able to find high-quality overnight accommodation nearby.
Frequently asked questions
You will need rest after your breast reconstruction surgery to allow your body to heal and we suggest at least six weeks’ leave from work. For best results, we suggest that our patients wear a supportive garment for eight weeks after surgery. Your surgeon will advise you when you can resume normal activities and start exercising again.
At North Bristol Private Hospital, we know that a stress-free experience with excellent aftercare makes for happy patients and quicker healing. After surgery, you will spend a night being cared for by your own dedicated nurse in our luxuriously comfortable inpatient ward. You will be checked by your surgeon before leaving and will have regular follow-up appointments. You can phone us any time after your discharge if you are concerned or have any questions.
There are always risks with any surgery and in this case, these include bruising, bleeding, infection, scarring, a reaction to the general anaesthetic or to the materials used during surgery, including surgical tape.
Rest assured that by choosing a premium provider like North Bristol Private Hospital you are minimising these risks.
We will provide you with full details of all the possible complications and provide you with a detailed consent form during your consultation.
Breast reconstruction surgery is very individual and will depend on the type and complexity of the surgery that you and your surgeon have decided upon.
Your procedure will last between two and eight hours and your surgeon will discuss this with you during your consultation.
Discomfort is usual after a surgical procedure. In this case, your breasts will be tender and swollen for a couple of weeks and you find that the breast area is numb for up to six weeks. The surgical wounds will be sore and may remain red-looking for a few months after surgery until they fade.
You should not anticipate extreme pain unless there is a complication. Pain relief will be prescribed if you are uncomfortable.
You and your surgeon may decide to use implants to achieve the desired effect during autologous breast reconstruction.
We only use the best quality implants available. Our surgeons like to use Mentor Silicone Gel-Filled Breast implants which have silicone elastomer shells. The implants are filled with MemoryGel, Mentor’s own silicone gel. In the European Union, 95% of implants are filled with silicone gel and only 5% with saline or other fillers.
You can choose between round or teardrop-shaped implants. Both give excellent results, and your surgeon will advise on which shape and size are best for your body during your pre-operative consultations.
It is important that you wear your support garment for a few weeks after surgery. Your surgeon will tell you when you are sufficiently healed to wear normal bras again.
Our extensive discussions with you about how surgery can help will ensure that there are no surprises for you after your breast reconstruction surgery. We will ensure that your expectations are realistic and informed and we are sure that you will be delighted with your results.