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Tissue expansion: principles. techniques & unwanted results

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The concept of tissue expansion is seen in nature all around us. The ability of our skin to expand and stretch giving extra skin if it is placed under constant, continuousstress over a long period of time has been used for surgical reconstructive goals with the aid of a silicon balloon introduced underneath the skin and progressively injected with saline. This technique needs careful patient selection, a lot of planning and neat execution to successfully do this process, which almost requires 8-12 weeks and involves two surgical sessions. Any compromise in this process can lead to minor and major complications and outcomes. This article seeks to introduce the process, technique and the complications of tissue expansion.

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