Breast Reconstruction: Expander

A tissue expander is a temporary implant placed under the breast skin and muscle, and is slowly inflated with saline to gradually and safely stretch the skin. This usually takes about 6-8 weeks. The inflations are normally carried out on weekly intervals at Dr. Sood's office by his team until the desired size has been achieved. The sterile saline is injected through a port within the expander. After desired size has been achieved, the woman is taken back for a second surgery for removal of the tissue expander and placement of a permanent implant. This permanent implant may be either silicone or saline implant. Regardless of implant type, the implant will need to be replaced about every 10-15 years. In general, silicone implants provide a more natural feel than saline.

Tissue Expander
Best Candidate: delayed reconstruction; small breast; combination w/ latissimus
Anesthesia: general
Length: 2 hours
Hospital Stay: 1-2 days
Return to Work: 2-3 weeks
Strenuous Activity: 4-6 weeks
Frequently Asked Questions about Expanders
Compare to Other Procedures
View Consent Form | View Information Form

View Tissue Expander Photo Gallery

Dr. Sood's primary goal is to provide excellent clinical results along with a high level of patient care and service. Patient satisfaction is our highest concern. We are dedicated to providing every patient with a pleasant experience, beginning with the first visit and continuing on through surgical procedures and treatments and postoperative care. We encourage patients to evaluate the benefits as well as the risks of each procedure within the confines of realistic expectations.