One of the options that we offer for breast reconstruction involves the use of tissue expanders. A tissue expander is like a breast implant that can be gradually inflated with saline. The tissue expanders are placed in the area where the permanent implant will be. They will be expanded in size until they reach the same size as the permanent implant that will be used for the procedure. This ensures that the tissue above it will be large enough to cover the permanent implant.
The tissue expansion process can take time and be quite rewarding. Most patients will need to have the tissue expanders in place for two to four months. This will vary depending on the patient and their desired breast size. The process will also require multiple doctor visits to increase the size of the expanders and to make sure the process is going smoothly.
A majority of women who pursue breast reconstruction with the use of tissue expanders are satisfied with the natural-looking appearance of their breasts and the longevity of their results. Don’t let the appearance of your breasts affect your self-esteem – contact our office to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Zannis.