Filling the Spectrum Expander with Air—A New Alternative
The Spectrum adjustable saline implant is optimal for prepectoral breast reconstruction as it can be placed virtually empty and thus flat, applying no pressure on the overlying skin flap. However, when saline is added, it tends to pool at the bottom of the implant resulting in its uneven surface and rippling. Air filling results in the uniform distribution within the implant shell and smooth even implant surface, which facilitates acellular dermal matrix adhesion. Pressure to the skin flap is averted, patients are more comfortable, and rippling is not seen.
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Published online 25 October 2017.
Received for publication June 6, 2017; accepted September 1,2017.
Disclosure: Dr. Becker is a consultant for Mentor Corp. Dr. Zhadan declares no disclosures. No funding was received for this article. The Article Processing Charge was paid for by the authors.
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Hilton Becker, MD, FACS, Hilton Becker Clinic of Plastic Surgery, 670 Glades Road #220, Boca Raton, FL 33431, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Olga Zhadan, MD, MS, Hilton Becker Clinic of Plastic Surgery, 670 Glades Road #220, Boca Raton, FL 33431, E-mail: email@example.com
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