How Tissue Expanders Work: The Gradual Transformation
The use of tissue expanders involves a strategic and gradual process:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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