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Surgery Research and Practice
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 405163, 7 pages
Research Article

Patient Satisfaction and Quality of Life in DIEAP Flap versus Implant Breast Reconstruction

1Plastic Surgery Department, Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, University of Bologna, Via Massarenti 9, 40138 Bologna, Italy
2Plastic Surgery Department, Asl 1 of Umbria, Citta di Castello, Località Chioccolo, 06012 Perugia, Italy

Received 29 May 2015; Revised 13 October 2015; Accepted 29 October 2015

Academic Editor: Jose Maria Serra-Renom

Copyright © 2015 Rossella Sgarzani et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The psychological impact of breast reconstruction has widely been described, and multiple studies show that reconstruction improves the well-being and quality of life of patients. In breast reconstruction, the goal is not only the morphological result, but mainly the patient’s perception of it. The objective of our study is to compare the physical and psychosocial well-being and satisfaction concerning the body image of patients who had reconstruction with breast implants to those of patients who had reconstruction with deep inferior epigastric artery perforator flaps. Our results demonstrated a similar quality of life between the two groups, but the satisfaction level was significantly higher in patients who had reconstruction with autologous tissue. Feedback from patients who have already received breast reconstruction may be useful in the decision-making process for future patients and plastic surgeons, enabling both to choose the reconstructive technique with the best long-term satisfaction.