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OVERVIEW OF LOVE HANDLE FLAP IN WASHINGTON DC

With his colleagues at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Rad is a co-inventor of the love handle flap (LSGAP) procedure, the most advanced breast reconstruction operation in the world. Dr. Rad is one of only 30 surgeons worldwide who have the technical experience to perform this flap routinely and safely. For this reason, patients for whom traditional reconstructive procedures have failed or are unappealing options seek out Dr. Rad.

Dr. Rad has a great deal of microvascular experience. Microvascular breast reconstruction is an incredibly precise process that involves connecting blood vessels under a microscope using very thin thread. This ensures survival of the transferred tissue.

Dr. Rad utilizes the love handle flap to reconstruct an entire breast for patients who do not have enough abdominal tissue for the DIEP flap. The love handle “SGAP” flap offers patients natural tissue reconstruction when the DIEP flap is not a good option due to prior abdominal surgery.

It is also an excellent option for patients who want to avoid breast implants. This includes patients who have undergone radiation treatment and ones who do not like the idea of prosthetic implants. Using one’s own fatty tissue offers a very natural feel and does not result in the need for implant replacement surgeries down the line.

Because this autologous procedure involves moving excess fat from the love handles, it results in a slimmer waistline. Experiencing this type of benefit can ease the difficult transition process that comes along with mastectomy and reconstruction.

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AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A LOVE HANDLE FLAP?

The best candidate for the LSGAP flap breast reconstruction procedure is one for whom:

  • • The love handle region has plentiful fat, while the abdominal region is lacking in fat

  • • Radiation treatment makes implant-based reconstruction a poor choice

  • • Avoidance of prosthetic breast implants is a priority

Ideal candidates for love handle flap reconstruction have realistic expectations in terms of results. It is important to look over photographs of past results to ensure that you have a good understanding of the results that can be achieved. Additionally, non-smokers are good candidates for this procedure.

HOW DOES DR. RAD APPROACH LOVE HANDLE FLAP SURGERY?

Dr. Rad performs surgeries at Inova Fairfax Hospital, the best-rated tertiary care hospital in northern VA. Dr. Rad works with board-certified anesthesiologists, and LSGAP breast reconstruction is performed under general anesthesia.

The love handle flap procedure is quite delicate and complex. Due to the composition of the love handles – along with many other factors – the entire surgical process can take up to 10 hours. Three surgeries may be required to complete the process.

During LSGAP surgery, an incision is created in the love handle area. A flap of tissue is harvested and transplanted into the chest, where it is shaped to form the new breast mound. Microvascular surgery is used to disconnect the blood vessels and reconnect them to ensure that the transferred tissue is nourished properly.

At the end of the procedure, the incisions are closed using stitches and then dressed properly to prevent infection. A short hospitalization is standard for most reconstructive procedures.


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Dr. Rad’s approach is unique for each patient, and it combines sophisticated, state-of-the-art techniques to achieve natural and long-lasting results.

WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?

Your vision for your results will emerge through detailed consultation with Dr. Rad, meticulous examination of your anatomy, and careful pre-surgical planning. While Dr. Rad’s surgical approach is unique for each patient, the goal of naturalness remains constant.

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WHAT IS A LOVE HANDLE FLAP?

The love handle flap is a cutting-edge breast reconstruction technique that many women prefer. It’s the perfect alternative for patients who have ample love handle fat, don’t have extra fat in the abdominal region, and want to use their own tissue for reconstruction.

WHAT ARE MY OTHER BREAST RECONSTRUCTION OPTIONS?

A number of breast reconstruction options are available:
Implant reconstruction is the most popular option owing to its simplicity; however, implant reconstruction is not a good option when breast radiation treatments have been performed.
DIEP flap reconstruction is the gold standard in tissue reconstruction for patients with adequate abdominal fat.
Dr. Rad performs corrective reconstruction for many women who have had botched breast reconstructions by other surgeons. 

SHOULD I CHOOSE A LSGAP FLAP OR A DIEP FLAP?

When there is adequate abdominal fat, the DIEP flap is Dr. Rad’s preferred option. This is due to the improvement in abdominal contours that it provides, the relative ease of the surgery, and the feasibility of simultaneous bilateral reconstruction. In the absence of adequate abdominal fat, however, the LSGAP flap is Dr. Rad’s preferred second choice. Every patient has a unique situation, and there is no cookie-cutter approach. Dr. Rad spends time with each patient to achieve the best results with the least amount of surgery and in the safest manner possible.

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR A LOVE HANDLE FLAP?

Before the date of your procedure, follow all preparation directions given to you by Dr. Rad. It will be particularly important to avoid smoking. Smoking negatively affects the health of the skin and the blood vessels, which can in turn lead to complications and a prolonged healing period. NSAIDs and certain supplements must also be avoided.

WHAT IS LOVE HANDLE FLAP RECOVERY LIKE?

Recovery usually takes around one month. A degree of post-surgical bruising and swelling will be present but will fade naturally. It will be necessary to wear a post-surgical garment around the love-handle area, along with a surgical bra to support the breasts as they heal. Time off from work will be required, along with plenty of rest. Patients must avoid strenuous physical activities like heavy exercise and sports for several weeks.

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WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY CONSULTATION WITH DR. RAD?

During your consultation, Dr. Rad will speak with you at length regarding your cancer journey, your mastectomy plans, and your needs and goals. He will go over your breast reconstruction options in detail in order to help you choose the best procedure for you.

Dr. Rad will also perform a physical examination and discuss your complete medical history with you. This will include any allergies you may have, any medications or supplements you are currently taking, and any past medical procedures.

Once Dr. Rad has developed a strong understanding of your case, he will use his vast expertise to create a comprehensive surgical plan. Following this, a date will be set for your LSGAP procedure.

About your Washington DC surgeon

Dr. Rad’s credentials, results and patient reviews speak for themselves. Princeton (magna cum laude) and Duke University educated, Dr. Rad is a Johns Hopkins trained board certified plastic surgeon and Assistant Professor of plastic surgery there.

Dr. Rad has performed thousands of aesthetic facial surgeries, and he specializes in minimally invasive, scarless approaches featuring minimal downtime. He is ranked in the top 3 plastic surgeons in DC, has the highest patient ratings across all doctor review websites, and has been an invited expert in international conferences, teaching his techniques to surgeons from around the world.

Dr. Rad’s patients seek to look refreshed and rested with natural results, minimal scars, and the least downtime. He has innovated scarless techniques due to his patients’ needs for discretion and hidden evidence of surgery.

Dr. Rad has membership with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and he is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Through rigorous written and oral examinations, these national societies have vetted Dr. Rad’s education, training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct as having met the highest standards in the world.

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WHAT IS THE COST OF A LOVE HANDLE FLAP IN DC?

The price of a patient’s love handle flap breast reconstruction is covered by their health insurance company. The exact cost of the procedure varies based on the details of each patient’s unique case.

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