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Services - Recovery

Tissue expanders recovery

Patients who undergo tissue expander surgery normally have several surgeries to complete their reconstruction. During the first stage of reconstruction, when the tissue expander is placed, most patients take a minimum of several weeks off of work. This surgery does require the placement of drains and the majority of women prefer to have their drains out prior to returning to work. Dr. Burgess provides prescription pain medications, a muscle relaxer, antibiotics and other medications to aid in you recovery. It is important to avoid lifting anything heavier than a gallon of milk or vigorous exercise for 4-6 weeks following this surgery. As you begin your in-office expansions, you may exercise lightly, but it is important not to push yourself too far, as you can delay healing.

When your incisions have begun healing from your tissue expander placement surgery, (normally about 2 weeks after your surgery), you may begin your expansions. The number of expansions you require will depend on your frame, the quality of your skin and tissue, as well as your goals for reconstruction. Following your expansion, your chest may feel tighter and more uncomfortable. Dr. Burgess prescribes pain medication to assist you during this time. Many patients are able to return to work during the expansion period. Once the final volume has been obtained, patients undergo a second surgery to remove the tissue expander and replace it with their final silicone or saline implant. This is a day surgery and patients normally go home after surgery. We still require patients to avoid heavy lifting or vigorous exercise for at least 4-6 weeks after surgery.

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Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Elisa A. Burgess specializes in Lake Oswego face lift as well as eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), liposuction, tummy tuck and breast augmentation. She serves the entire northwest Portland / Vancouver metro area and beyond.