Chronic Tissue Expansion


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BACKGROUND. Chronic tissue expansion is an extremely useful addition to the dermatologic surgeon's skills. OBJECTIVE. To review chronic tissue expansion. METHODS. The relavent literature is summarized. Two case histories are presented as examples of the utility of chronic tissue expansion. RESULTS. The history of tissue expansion is briefly reviewed. Indications pertinent to the practice of dermatologic surgery are discussed. The devices themselves are described, as well as new experimental advances. The general procedure for utilizing tissue expanders is outlined, as well as relevant histologic changes that occur in expanded skin. Both common and rare complications are covered, with attention to prevention. CONCLUSION. Chronic tissue expansion provides an excellent means for obtaining extra tissue for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. 1993 American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1090-1098
Number of pages9
JournalThe Journal of Dermatologic Surgery and Oncology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Dermatology

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