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What exactly does a breast reconstruction tissue expander do? It's been almost a year since my mastectomy. During my breast reconstruction consultation, my surgeon mentioned using a tissue expander to make room for my new breast. How does this work? .

When . When a mastectomy is performed, most of the skin that would allow your tissue to accommodate a breast implant is also removed, and there is not enough skin to cover an implant and create a natural appearing breast. A tissue expander is a balloon-like implant that is placed in the position of a breast implant, and is gradually inflated with saline through a series of well-tolerated expansion injections. With gradual inflation of the expander, your tissues expand and create space for a permanent breast implant. Once you reach final expansion volume, your tissue is allowed to heal and maintain the expanded volume for 2-3 months before placing your permanent breast implant at a second operation. All the best, dr. Skourtis. Read more...
Tissue . Tissue expanders are essentially balloons, that can be inflated after they are inserted. For breast reconstruction this is often used when the skin is tight, to make room for a breast implant. The expander is inserted with some volume inside. Over the weeks to months after insertion, additional fluid is injected causing expansion, which stretches the overlying tissues, and causing more skin to grow. It helps to over expand the skin, before placing the final implant, to allow a more natural appearing fold beneath the breast. Read more...
Not . Not every patient needs an expender two years after mastectomy, but perhaps the surgeon felt this will create a better pocket and allow for a better selection in the permanent implant department. Good luck from nyc. For more info visit www.Drgrossman.Com. Read more...
It Expands.. After a mastectomy, assuming you are going to have an implant reconstruction, a space needs to be created to accomodate a soft implant. A tissue expander is like a deflated balloon that the doctor pumps up in their office (usually weekly) afte putting it in flat. It creates the space for a permanent implant to be put later. Read more...