I have had radiation therapy previously in my breast. Is implant or DIEP flap reconstruction better?

In the setting of radiation therapy, implants have an increased risk of infection, capsular contracture, tightness, pain, and implant extrusion compared to women who have not had radiation therapy. Since DIEP flaps uses your own tissue, it can heal to radiated tissues better and has a much lower complication rate than implant based reconstruction.