The deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap operation has distinct advantages over previous methods of autologous (using one’s own tissue) reconstruction, primarily because it does not require muscle to be taken, only fat. The same tissue that would be harvested for a 'tummy tuck' is used to form the new breast. The blood vessels that normally feed the abdominal tissue are carefully preserved when removing the tissue, and are then reattached to blood vessels in the chest using a microscope. The end result is a more natural looking and feeling breast, and little-to-no abdominal weakness or herniation. Learn more about DIEP Flaps.