Balloon-like devices (tissue expanders) are implanted under the hair-bearing sides and back of the scalp. These are gradually inflated over a four to twelve week period. This results in a great amount of loose hair-bearing tissue, allowing for massive scalp reductions or flap procedures. This technique works wonders in reconstructive scallp situations where there are large areas of hair loss from injury, tumors and burns.
Expanders fully inflated before removal and
definitive surgical procedure.
Incisions are made, the expanders are removed,
the bald scalp is cut out.
Baldness reduced after scalp expansion.