Tissue expansion is used in a variety of reconstructive procedures, but its most common application is as a reconstruction method following surgical breast removal (mastectomy). The tissue expansion method involves increasing the surface area of the skin of the chest to allow space for the insertion of a breast implant.
|Tissue expanders are used in a variety of reconstructive procedures.||The tissue expansion procedure is performed by inserting a silicone balloon expander underneath the skin and chest muscle.||Gradually the tissue expands, and the permanent implant is placed in preparation for the nipple and areola reconstruction.|
Breast reconstruction using tissue expansion is performed by inserting a silicone balloon expander underneath the skin and chest muscle. It is then gradually, over a period of three to four months, filled with salt water to increase its size, allowing the skin to grow. When the tissue has increased by the desired amount, the expander is removed and the permanent implant is placed.
There are several advantages to tissue expansion, including a near perfect match in skin color and decreased scarring, as the skin does not have to be removed. The primary drawback with this type of breast reconstruction is the few months it takes to expand the skin.
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