What is tissue expansion and who requires it?

Silicone breast implant in the hands of a doctor.Dr. Homayoun Sasson and his team at Sasson Plastic Surgery work routinely with New York area residents who are in need of reconstructive procedures. This may include procedures after a traumatic accident, injury, or even the removal of the breasts following a breast cancer diagnosis. He can prepare patients for future surgeries by offering tissue expansion.

Understanding tissue expansion

We know what can happen when an area of the skin is stretched thanks to the joys of pregnancy. Pregnant women may find that with the growth of their belly, the skin stretches quickly, resulting in the formation of stretch marks. These marks remain as a permanent remind of the fast growth of the baby and the stretching of the skin to make room. With tissue expansion, our goal is to stretch the skin gradually to allow for reconstruction of the specific area while avoiding stretch marks. This is done by placing a special bladder-like appliance underneath the skin that will require reconstructive surgery. Over time, this balloon expander made of silicone will hold salt water that is fill gradually. In doing this, it allows the skin to stretch and expand without the development of stretch marks.

Who might need tissue expansion?

Any patient who will be undergoing a reconstructive procedure that requires more volume may find themselves face with tissue expansion services. It is most commonly performed for women with breast cancer who have had their breasts removed and want to reconstruct the area and restore their feminine appearance by adding breast implants. The skin needs to be effectively stretched in order to support the placement of a breast implant. Tissue expansion is also beneficial for patients who need reconstruction of the scalp, as it maintains natural hair growth in this area.

Find out more about tissue expansion

Dr. Homayoun Sasson and his team at Sasson Plastic Surgery of Great Neck, NY can help patients with reconstructive procedures and prepping for future plastic surgery with tissue expansion services. Learn more by calling the office and booking a consultation visit to discuss your unique needs and determine if you are a good candidate.

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