One rather advanced plastic surgery procedure of the scalp in which Dr. Epstein specializes is tissue expansion. What tissue expansion involves is essentially the stretching out of a portion of the scalp—and sometimes the forehead or other area—with a balloon tissue expander. This balloon tissue expander is surgically inserted under the scalp, then over the span of 4 to 10 weeks, progressively filled with saline. The stretched tissue, usually containing hair, can then be used to cover over large scars or bald areas of the scalp, providing unsurpassed impressive results.
Who’s the Best Candidate?
The indications for tissue expansion are cosmetic, such as dramatic surgical hairline advancement or the removal of large areas of baldness in the crown in women, as well as reconstructive, most commonly the repair of scars from prior burns or other accidents, as well as amniotic band syndrome.
Below are several examples of Dr. Epstein’s work in tissue expansion. Please note that, for reasons of moderation, no photos are shown of the actual balloons in place- if you wish to see more, please send a request to the office click here.