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What Is Microsurgery and How Does It Benefit Breast Reconstruction?

Microsurgery is a specialized surgical technique that uses high-powered microscopes and miniature instruments to perform intricate procedures on delicate tissues and structures of the body. Microsurgery has revolutionized various fields of medicine, including reconstructive surgery, leading to enhanced patient outcomes, particularly in breast reconstruction.

Our board-certified plastic surgeons at the New York Group for Plastic Surgery specialize in cutting-edge techniques for breast reconstruction, including DIEP flap reconstruction, TRAM flap reconstruction, PAP flap reconstruction, SGAP flap reconstruction, and SIEA flap reconstruction. If you’re considering your breast reconstruction options, please consult our board-certified plastic surgeons to identify the most suitable approach.

What Is Microsurgery?

Microsurgery involves the meticulous manipulation of tissues, blood vessels, and nerves that are not visible to the naked eye. Surgeons utilize specialized instruments, some of which are finer than a human hair, and powerful microscopes to magnify the surgical field, enabling them to work with unparalleled precision. This precision is crucial, especially when operating on small blood vessels and nerves, as it reduces tissue damage and ensures optimal surgical results.

The Role of Microsurgery in Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction is a transformative procedure for women who have undergone mastectomy due to breast cancer or other conditions. Microsurgery facilitates the transfer of tissue from one part of the body to the chest to recreate a natural-looking breast mound. This technique, known as autologous tissue breast reconstruction, offers several advantages over implant-based reconstruction. By utilizing microsurgical techniques, plastic surgeons can achieve more natural-looking results, restoring the form and function of the breasts.

Benefits of Microsurgery in Breast Reconstruction:

  • Natural-Looking Results: Microsurgical breast reconstruction allows for the transfer of the patient’s own tissue, typically from the abdomen, buttocks, or thighs, to the chest area. This results in breasts that feel and look more natural compared to implants, as the transferred tissue closely mimics the characteristics of the original breast.
  • Improved Long-Term Outcomes: Autologous tissue reconstruction using microsurgery has been associated with lower rates of complications such as capsular contracture and implant rupture. Since the body’s own tissue is used, there is a reduced risk of rejection or allergic reactions, leading to better long-term outcomes for patients.
  • Enhanced Symmetry and Contour: Microsurgery allows surgeons to meticulously shape and contour the transferred tissue to match the size, shape, and symmetry of the patient’s remaining breast. This level of precision is challenging to achieve with implants alone and can result in a more harmonious overall appearance.
  • Preservation of Sensation: Unlike implant-based reconstruction, which may compromise sensation in the breast area, autologous tissue reconstruction using microsurgery can help preserve sensory function. By carefully reconnecting nerves during the procedure, some patients regain sensation in their reconstructed breasts over time.
  • Reduced Need for Revision Surgery: Microsurgical breast reconstruction has been shown to have lower rates of revision surgery compared to implant-based techniques. The meticulous nature of microsurgery and the ability to customize the reconstruction to each patient’s anatomy contribute to more satisfactory outcomes with fewer subsequent procedures.

Explore Your Breast Reconstruction Options

Microsurgery has transformed the field of breast reconstruction, offering patients the opportunity for more natural-looking results and improved sensation. By utilizing advanced microsurgical techniques, our plastic surgeons can restore both the form and function of your breasts, helping you regain your confidence after mastectomy. Please schedule an appointment with our board-certified plastic surgeons to explore your breast reconstruction options.


New York Group for Plastic Surgery specializes in breast reconstruction, DIEP flap, augmentation, reduction, and implant revision to name a few. To learn more about the aesthetic procedures we offer and their cost, contact us and we’ll provide you with all the information you need to make a decision and start your journey to a more confident you.

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