Lateral intercostal artery perforator (LICAP) flap for breast volume augmentation: Applications for oncoplastic and massive weight loss surgery

Kelsey Lipman, Grace Graw, Dung Nguyen

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Lateral intercostal artery perforator (LICAP) flap for breast volume augmentation provides the benefits of addressing axillary tissue excess and avoiding intramuscular dissection. Previous experience with the LICAP flap in patients with prior breast conservation therapy (BCT) has led to the development of an extended version for massive weight loss (MWL) patients as well.

A retrospective review of all cases of LICAP flaps was performed by a single surgeon. Data were subsequently extracted and analyzed including patient demographics, indication and timing of volume augmentation, complications, and follow-up length.

This study supports that the application of the LICAP flap can be effectively broadened from the oncologic population to the MWL population. If needed, extending the flap provides an option to simultaneously address excess axillary and back tissue.

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