Lateral Thigh Perforator (LTP) Flap


Some women deposit an abundance of fatty tissue on the outer thighs. The outside part of the upper thigh fatty tissue, curving toward the "banana roll" / "saddle area", can be used for breast reconstruction without removing muscle. Another term for this flap is septocutaneous tensor fascia latae perforator flap. This flap is based on a branch of the lateral circumflex femoral artery. The scar is usually located a little below the groin and buttock crease, and may be visible in a bathing suit until the scar fades.

MRA imaging of the thigh enables Dr. Vasile to identify the blood vessel characteristics and exact locations of the vessels nourishing the thigh tissue. This knowledge can help identify suitable patients and donor sites for surgery.

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