Breasts can be reconstructed using fat and skin taken from the buttocks or thighs. These operations may be appropriate if you want breast reconstruction to use your own tissue but have little tissue to use or have scars on your stomach from previous operations. The procedures are complex and take about 6-8 hours.

Reconstruction using tissue taken from another part of your body will leave a scar on your breast and on another part of your body. The breast will look natural but may be numb or have less sensitivity than natural breasts.

The fat and skin can be taken from the upper or lower buttocks. It can also include a bit of muscle from your upper inner thigh.