Tissue expansion work is a procedure designed to stretch and grow skin for reconstructive surgeries. Surgeons place a silicone balloon underneath a healthy portion of skin near the repair site. They then fill the balloon with either carbon dioxide or saline, over time, allowing the skin to grow and expand over the repair site, naturally.
The regrowth of a patient’s skin allows for the natural flow of blood supply and new nerve endings. The skin will have the same color and texture because it’s directly grown and expanded from the patient.
Tissue expansion is commonly used for reconstructive plastic surgery procedures such as:
· Breast mastectomy and reconstruction.
· Scalp repair.
· And new growth of skin on injuring involving legs, arms, neck, and face.
Tissue expansion healing times vary from one patient to the next, and they are dependent on the injuries and size of repair. Some patients can resume normal activity in two to four days, while others need two to four weeks or longer to heal.
Here are some other answered questions involving reconstructive surgeries.
Can Scar Revision Reduce the Appearance of Scars?
Scar revision is when a surgeon makes cuts alongside the scar, then angles flaps of skin to change the scar’s appearance and direction. This can significantly reduce the appearance of the scar because the skin flaps will heal naturally and better.
Are Hair Transplants Necessary After Scalp Reconstruction?
Scalp reconstruction usually utilizes tissue expansion. This means that hair follicles are naturally available on the new tissue. However, in some cases, hair transplants will be used to fill in gaps that might be left behind after successful expansion and reconstruction.
Reconstructive surgeries are extensive and thorough but necessary. They are amazing feats in science and the medical field, so hopefully, this article taught you some new and interesting things in answered questions about restorative plastic surgery.