In addition to creating a new shape for the breast, this surgery can also flatten out the abdomen.

The operation may be appropriate for women who wish to have reconstruction using their own tissue. It can be used to reconstruct one or both breasts. It may not be suitable for women who have scars on the abdomen or are very slim or overweight. The procedure is not generally recommended for diabetic women or smokers.

There are different types of operation that use abdominal tissue, and depending on the type the operation can last from 4 to 8 hours. Recovery takes about three months, though possibly more. Afterward, you will have a scar on your breast and a horizontal scar on the bikini line. Reconstructed breasts are less sensitive than the original breast.

Most operations are successful, although the risk is slightly greater than procedures that use tissue from the back.