What is Tissue Expansion and Implant Reconstruction?

Tissue Expansion and Implant Reconstruction is done when a patient is undergoing a staged approach to implant reconstruction.

How is Tissue Expansion and Implant Reconstruction Performed?

Our team will place a tissue expander between the chest muscle and the skin after the breast tissue is removed during mastectomy. The tissue expander acts as a balloon that stretches the skin in order to accommodate a breast implant. After the expander is placed, it is filled with increasing amounts of a saline solution over two to six months. Our team will then place a saline or silicone implant in order to achieve a more natural breast appearance. Drains will also be placed.


Any discomfort that occurs can be controlled with prescriptions medicine. Recovery time will vary for patients depending on their individual reconstruction. In general, it takes around six weeks to see optimal results.

If you are located in the Phoenix area and are interested in tissue expansion and implant reconstruction, do not hesitate to contact us today. We would be happy to schedule your initial consultation.