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Tissue Expansion/Implant Reconstruction

Tissue Expansion/Implant Reconstruction

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Two-stage breast reconstruction using a temporary expander followed by a permanent breast implant is a viable option for some patients following a mastectomy. A temporary tissue expander is placed under the pectoralis muscle, and a space is slowly created. A second surgery is performed three to six months later that allows for the removal of the expander followed by the placement of a permanent implant. Many options exist for the breast shape using this technique, and the permanent implant shape is chosen by both the patient and the reconstructive surgeon to meet the aesthetic needs of the patient.

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