Compare treatment options

  Prothesis Flap
Surgery

Relatively simple surgery.

Long and difficult surgery. Especially with a free abdominal skin flap.

Time needed

One or two surgeries, depending on your situation.

One surgery. Sometimes you need (small) additional surgeries to adjust the shape of the breast.

Appearance

Less natural breast without clothes.

Only scars around the breast.

More natural breast without clothes.

Scars around the breast and where the flap came from.

Skin of the flap may look and feel different than the surrounding skin.

Results    
Long-term looks

Breast does not age.

You may need another surgery to correct your other breast.

10 of 100 women need prosthesis replacement surgery after 10 years.

Breast ages with you.

The reconstructed breast gains and loses weight along with the rest of your body.

Satisfaction

64 of 100 are satisfied.

44 of 100 are still satisfied after a longer period.

83 of 100 quality of life improved.

80 of 100 are satisfied.

70 of 100 with a back or abdominal muscle flap are still satisfied after a longer period.

81 of 100 with a free abdominal skin flap are still satisfied after a longer period.

90 of 100 quality of life improved.

Minor complications

27 of 100.

21 of 100 with a back flap.

32 of 100 with an abdominal muscle flap.

26 of 100 with a free abdominal skin flap

Major complications

13 of 100. 

 

Rare with a back flap and abdominal muscle flap.

13 of 100 women with a free abdominal skin flap.

Recovery time

Three months. 

Three months.