Why do my tissue expanders hurt?

Asked by: Suzanne Reid  |  Last update: 18 June 2021
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The tissue expansion process is done after mastectomies to increase the submuscular space in preparation for the placement of permanent breast implant. The process is often believed to be painful by patients who are often intimidated by the prospect of mechanically stretching out their skin and muscle.

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People also ask, What helps tissue expander pain?

Your doctor may recommend: NSAIDs: A 2017 study in Cancer Control reported that taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) likes Advil (ibuprofen) or Aleve (naproxen) at 30 minutes before each fill and again a few hours afterward can usually provide sufficient pain relief during tissue expansion.

Also question is, When do breast expanders stop hurting?. If an expander was placed, salt water (saline) or air was added to it to start stretching your skin. Right after the surgery, you will probably feel weak, and you may feel pain for 2 to 3 weeks.

In this regard, How do you make tissue expanders more comfortable?

One way that we make tissue expanders more comfortable is by using a product called AlloDerm® Tissue Matrix. AlloDerm acts like a hammock beneath the expander. This innovative, body-safe product covers the lower portion of the expander to help speed up the healing process.

Why do my expanders hurt?

There will be some discomfort at first, but there will not be a lot of pain. The expander may feel heavy in your mouth at first, since it is something new and different in there. When the palate expander is widened, you may feel some pressure in your mouth and on your tongue.

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Do expanders change your face?

Additional orthodontic work is sometimes needed in more severe cases. A Herpst appliance or a palatal expander can move the jaw or widen the upper jaw. ... The ultimate result is a new smile and, in most moderate to severe cases, orthodontics change the shape of your face - subtly.

How uncomfortable are expanders?

Do Palatal Expanders Hurt? For the first few days after receiving the palatal expander, your child may experience some discomfort and difficulty speaking and eating. However, the expander should not cause pain.

How long can tissue expanders be left in?

A tissue expander is an empty breast implant that your surgeon will fill with normal saline over about 6 to 8 weeks until it reaches the breast size that you and your surgeon decided on.

How long does tissue expander pain last?

You may experience minor discomfort for the following 12 to 24 hours after each tissue expansion. This discomfort usually subsides 2 to 3 days after each tissue expansion. The tissue expander may shift after the 1st or 2nd expansion.

Do you need to wear a bra with tissue expanders?

You may shower on the 3rd day after your surgery. ... After 14 days you may remove the Surgical Bra and wear a “sports” type bra that will provide support and maintain the placement of the tissue expander. Please do not wear an underwire bra. Please wear a “sports” bra for 24 hours a day for 21 days.

What to expect when getting tissue expanders?

It is reasonable to expect some pain or discomfort after surgery. This is quite often due to the tissue expander stretching the muscle and skin. Women who've had the surgery have described it as a stinging sensation, tenderness, or a tight feeling across the scar and at the edge of the rib cage.

Can you sleep on your side after mastectomy?

While it is possible to sleep on your side after breast surgery, it comes with some medical concerns that aren't worth the risk. Instead, most plastic surgeons recommend that patients who have had breast surgery sleep exclusively on their backs until they are fully healed.

Can you exercise with breast expanders?

If you have a tissue expander in (a temporary inflatable implant that stretches the skin to make room for the final implant), you can usually start gentle shoulder stretching exercises about 2 weeks after surgery once your mastectomy scar has started to heal.

Are tissue expanders permanent?

Tissue expanders are not intended to be permanent. 1 They will be removed in a second surgery and replaced with permanent implants.

How can you tell if a tissue expander is infected?

Sometimes a bacterial infection can develop in the tissue around a breast implant or tissue expander during the days or weeks following the reconstruction surgery. Symptoms of an infection can include a high fever and breast pain, redness and/or swelling.

What do tissue expanders look like?

A tissue expander looks a lot like a breast implant, although it has a thicker outer shell than breast implants. There is a port on the front of the expander.

Can tissue expanders make you sick?

A small percentage of patients develop an infection around the expander. While this may occur at any time, it's most often seen within a few weeks after the expander is inserted. In some cases, the expander may need to be removed for several months until the infection clears.

Do expanders hurt when you turn the key?

No, it doesn't hurt. After the expander is turned you may feel pressure in the area of the teeth, and tingling around the bridge of the nose or under your eyes. The sensation generally lasts for about 5 minutes and then dissipates.

Do expanders hurt more than braces?

No, it doesn't hurt. After the expander is turned you may feel pressure in the area of the teeth, and tingling around the bridge of the nose or under your eyes. The sensation generally lasts for about 5 minutes and then dissipates.