What are breast tissue expanders and how are they used in Breast Reconstruction
Breast tissue expanders are medical devices that are placed under the breast tissue to gradually increase breast size. They are used as part of a breast reconstruction procedure after a mastectomy (removal of breast tissue) surgery.
The process of using tissue expanders begins with insertion of the device into the breast. The physician then injects a saline solution into the device to expand the breast tissue. This is done on regular visits to the physician, who gradually adds more solution to increase breast size.
Once the breast tissue is expanded, the expander is removed and surgery is done to place a breast implant or an autologous tissue implants (tissue taken from another part of the body).
The advantage of using breast tissue expanders in breast reconstruction is that they allow breast tissue to be expanded gradually, minimizing the risk of complications and making surgery smoother for the patient. In addition, they also allow the patient to gradually see the result of the reconstruction, helping to improve their self-esteem and emotional well-being.
Benefits of using breast tissue expanders in breast reconstruction include:
Graduality: The expansion process allows the breast tissue to be gradually enlarged, which is less traumatic and safer for the patient.
Improved self-esteem: By gradually seeing the result of the reconstruction, the patient can have an improvement in their self-esteem and emotional well-being.
Lower risk of complications: By expanding breast tissue gradually, the risk of complications is minimized, such as resistant and contractures.
More accurate results: Using breast tissue expanders allows the physician to see breast tissue over time, which helps ensure more accurate and personalized results.
Less postoperative pain: the gradual process of breast tissue expansion results in less postoperative pain for the patient.
Shorter recovery time: The gradual process of breast tissue expansion also results in a shorter recovery time for the patient.
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