Tissue Expander

Reconstructive

Are you in need of breast reconstruction after mastectomy or do you have a wound that requires extensive repair? At Phoenix Plastic Surgery, we specialize in utilizing tissue expanders as a versatile tool in the field of reconstructive surgery. Our number one rated board certified Plastic and Cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Roni Prucz, has extensive experience in tissue expander procedures.

Tissue Expanders: Paving the Path to Restoration

Tissue expanders are innovative devices employed in reconstructive surgery to create additional skin and soft tissue in a specific area of the body. Their primary function is to stretch the surrounding healthy tissue, making it more pliable and accommodating for future reconstructive procedures. Tissue expanders are used in a variety of situations, including breast reconstruction after mastectomy, healing of chronic or traumatic wounds, and correction of congenital malformations.

The Role of Tissue Expanders in Reconstructive Surgery:

  1. Breast Reconstruction: Tissue expanders are commonly used in breast reconstruction procedures following mastectomy and lumpectomy. After the removal of breast tissue, a tissue expander is placed beneath the chest muscle and gradually filled with a sterile saline solution through a port. Over several weeks to months, this expansion process gradually stretches the skin and underlying tissue to create a space for a breast implant.
  2. Other Cancer-Related and Trauma Procedures: Tissue expanders can also be utilized in various cancer-related and trauma reconstructive surgeries. In these cases, tissue expanders facilitate the creation of additional soft tissue to restore form and function.

How Tissue Expanders Work: The Gradual Transformation

The use of tissue expanders involves a strategic and gradual process:

  1. Placement: The tissue expander is surgically placed beneath the skin and in some cases muscle, at the intended reconstruction site. This is typically done during the same surgery where cancerous tissue is removed or after trauma.
  2. Gradual Filling: A small port is left accessible under the skin’s surface, often located near the expander. Periodically, usually on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, a healthcare provider injects sterile saline into the expander through this port.
  3. Stretching: As the expander fills with saline, it gently stretches the surrounding skin and soft tissue. This controlled stretching process is critical to ensuring that the new tissue grows in a balanced and natural manner.
  4. Preparation for Implant: Once the desired amount of expansion is achieved, the tissue expander is removed, and a permanent implant (in the case of breast reconstruction) or the final reconstruction procedure is performed.

 

Choose Precision and Restoration: Phoenix Plastic Surgery

At Phoenix Plastic Surgery, we offer the latest techniques and technologies to ensure the best possible results. Dr. Prucz is committed to staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in plastic and cosmetic surgery to provide our patients with the most effective treatment options. Our knowledgeable staff will walk you through every step of the process, answering any questions or concerns you may have. If you’re in need of tissue expander surgery, trust the experts at Phoenix Plastic Surgery. Click here to schedule your consultation now!

 

 

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