Patients who have had one or both breasts removed due to a mastectomy procedure often opt to restore their appearance through breast reconstruction. While the function of the breast cannot be restored, breast reconstruction utilizing tissue expanders and implants can effectively restore the look and feel of your bust.
A tissue expander is used prior to the placement of a more permanent implant and gives Dr. Srinivasa the chance to ensure that your chest wall will be able to properly accommodate the presence of the new implant. This tissue expander can be placed immediately at the time of the mastectomy, or it can be placed once that procedure has been completed.
The tissue expander will have a small valve, located just under your skin, through which Dr. Srinivasa will periodically inject a saline solution. As the expander fills, it gradually expands the tissues on your chest wall, ensuring that implant placement won’t cause any discomfort or more serious issues in the future.
Once your tissue expander has been sufficiently filled, your chest will be ready for the placement of your permanent implant. You and Dr. Srinivasa will work together to decide whether saline or silicone gel is the right choice for you. The implant will be placed in the same area where the tissue expander previously sat.