A Reconstructive Technique
Tissue expansion is a technique used in procedures like breast reconstruction, scalp repair and general reconstructive surgery. If you lack sufficient tissue for a reconstructive procedure, Dr. Bajaj may recommend tissue expansion.
Tissue Expansion is Best For:
- Implant based breast reconstruction
- Scalp repair
- Repair of birth defects
- Repair Injuries or trauma
By expanding the tissue, Dr. Bajaj can create excess skin that can be used to cover or reconstruct a part of the body. The procedure can create new skin for covering a defect or injury. Patients should be healthy non-smokers, who understand the risks and benefits involved with plastic surgery.
Tissue Expansion in Oklahoma City
What to expect:
Tissue expansion is frequently performed in stages. During the initial tissue expansion procedure, the doctor places a special silicone expander beneath the skin, which is fitted with n external valve.
By gradually filling the expander with saline, the overlying skin stretches, allowing Dr. Bajaj to place an implant (in breast reconstruction) or cover a defect on the body. After tissue expansion, patients should expect some discomfort and tightening of the skin for a couple of hours. Anesthesia and medications are used to manage discomfort.
During the weeks that follow, you will return to our Oklahoma City office where Dr. Bajaj will perform follow-up procedures, filling the expander with saline until the skin is adequately expanded.
After this, you will be able to move forward in the reconstructive process.You should be able to resume a normal routine two to four days after insertion of the expander. Recovery time varies, depending on the reconstructive surgery to be performed. Dr. Bajaj will advise you about recovery steps before you are discharged.
Learn More About Tissue Expansion
To learn more about tissue expansion techniques in Oklahoma City, please contact the office of Dr. Bajaj by calling 405‐810‐8448 to inquire about a consultation.