What to Expect During Your Tissue Expander Fill Appointment
By: Courtney Floyd
How are tissue expanders filled?
Implant breast reconstruction is the most commonly performed method of reconstruction in the US. For most patients it is performed as a multiple-step procedure starting with tissue expanders.
The tissue expander is either placed at the time of a mastectomy or any time later.
The temporary implant is placed either below or above the pectoralis muscle. The expanders are usually partially filled at the time of the initial surgery. Further expansion is performed in the office until desired breast size is achieved. This expansion process can require several weeks, depending on the amount of expansion needed.
Here’s what you can expect during a “fill” appointment:
Once the expander is sufficiently filled, a second surgery is required to exchange the expander with the permanent breast implant.
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