I’m planning a DIEP flap reconstruction, where will my abdominal incision be placed? If it’s higher than desired, can it be revised in the future?
The location of the abdominal incision varies between patients based on location of the perforators needed for the reconstruction. High perforators (generally above the umbilicus) result in a high scar, where’s lower perforators can allow for planning of a lower scar. In general, the scar is slightly higher than the location of a true ‘tummy tuck’ scar. In some cases the scar can be lowered as a secondary procedure at time of revision.