What does STSG mean in plastic surgery?

What does STSG mean in plastic surgery?

A split-thickness skin graft (STSG), by definition, refers to a graft that contains the epidermis and a portion of the dermis, which is in contrast to a full-thickness skin graft (FTSG) which consists of the epidermis and entire dermis.

What is au flap?

The latissimus dorsi flap is often used with a breast implant. For this procedure, the surgeon tunnels muscle, fat, skin, and blood vessels from your upper back, under the skin to the front of the chest. This provides added coverage over an implant and makes a more natural-looking breast than just an implant alone.

What is a mastectomy flap?

Tissue flap surgery is a way to rebuild the shape of a breast using skin, fat, and possibly muscle from another part of the body. It is usually done after part or all of the breast is removed (mastectomy) because of cancer. It may also be done for women who have problems with breast development.

Can you get breast reconstruction without implants?

Autologous breast reconstruction involves rebuilding the breast using only a patient’s own body parts. No artificial breast implants are involved.

What are the types of flap?

Flaps are of two main types, free flaps and pedicled flaps.

  • Free flap: The flap with its blood vessel is disconnected and then attached to a blood vessel at a recipient site.
  • Pedicled flap: Flap that has its blood supply with at least one artery and one vein.

How do you deal with a mastectomy?

Keeping Your Self-Esteem After a Mastectomy

  1. After Mastectomy: How Many Women Feel.
  2. How to Cope After a Mastectomy.
  3. Keep a positive attitude.
  4. Talk with your partner.
  5. Consider breast reconstruction or a breast prosthesis.
  6. Do things that make you feel healthy and good about yourself.

How long does it take to recuperate from a mastectomy?

A mastectomy is an operation to remove a breast. It’s used to treat breast cancer in women and breast cancer in men. The operation takes about 90 minutes, and most people go home the following day. It can take 4 to 6 weeks to recover from a mastectomy.