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Tissue expansion surgery is a procedure performed to promote the growth of healthy extra skin to replace damaged skin. This reconstructive procedure is an option for almost any area of the body and Mr Ferrando can repair skin that has been damaged by both congenital and acquired defects.
Tissue expansion has become more widespread particularly in breast reconstruction, burn surgery and paediatric plastic surgery. It is important to note that there are no non- surgical options for tissue expansion. The procedure is usually performed in two stages. The first stage is when an expander ( or ballon) is inserted underneath the skin and is inflated by injecting it with saline water or air. The second stage is when the area being treated is cut out and the the new expanded skin is used to close the hole. There must be full expansion otherwise there might not be enough skin to compete this second procedure. Sometimes the process can need repeating. The operations are performed under general anaesthesia and separated by a number of weeks to allow for sufficient tissue expansion. Once the expansion has been ultimated the results last a lifetime.