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A common breast reconstruction technique is tissue expansion, which involves expansion of the breast skin and muscle using a temporary tissue expander. A few months later, the expander is removed and the patient receives either microvascular flap reconstruction or the insertion of a permanent breast implant.* This type of breast reconstruction requires two separate operations.
Hospitalization is usually overnight, and recovery takes four weeks. There is some discomfort with the expansion process because it is stretching the chest muscle, but most women find it is not very un-comfortable.*
*Disclaimer: Laser, Radio Frequency, Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Treatment Results Can Vary Significantly Between Patients, Risks, Potential Complications and Permanent Scars are going to be an inevitable part of any Surgical Procedure. BEFORE & AFTER photos are NOT guarantees that your results will be the same or even similar: each individual patient’s results will be different. Patient-care ethics of excellence still cannot guarantee results or a lack of complications. Complications, risks and scarring are inherent with surgical procedures. Our Surgeons & Dermatologist are also devoted to helping patients have REALISTIC expectations about what surgery or procedure can — and cannot — accomplish.