Autologous breast reconstruction is when the body’s own tissue is used to reconstruct the breast. There are several different parts of the body that serves as donor sites for breast reconstruction. Common areas of donor site locations include the abdomen, the back, and the gluteal region.
When the breast is ptotic the native nipple areola complex can not be utilized in the breast reconstruction. Often times a nipple areola complex can either be reconstructed from the lower abdominal tissue or a 3D nipple areola complex tattoo can be placed on the reconstructed breast mound.
The size of the reconstructed breasts are often determined by either the pre-operative breast size or the amount of tissue that is available for transfer from the donor site.