List of Procedures
Breast reconstruction with tissue expansion allows an easier recovery than flap procedures, but it is a more lengthy reconstruction process. During the initial procedure, a tissue expander device is placed under the skin and muscle in the chest. Over the next 4-6 months, several office visits are required to slowly fill the expander through a valve under the skin. The device expands the skin so that eventually a permanent, softer implant can be placed as a final reconstruction. This second surgery is a short, outpatient procedure with little discomfort or down time.