We describe the use of tissue expanders in patients who have insufficient skin to harvest full-thickness skin graft for creation of an adequate neovagina.
Retrospective descriptive series.
Tissue expanders were used successfully to create adequate tissue for harvest of a full-thickness skin graft for creation of a neovagina.
Using tissue expanders to create adequate tissue for full-thickness skin grafts in the petite patient allowed us to apply the benefits of full-thickness skin graft in these smaller and often younger women. The use of tissue expanders to create full-thickness skin graft appears to be a safe, effective, and well-tolerated technique with good cosmetic results.
This retrospective series will introduce the novel technique of using tissue expanders to create adequate tissue for full-thickness skin grafts in the petite patient for creation of neovagina.
From the *Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland; and †University of British Columbia, School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, British Columbia, Canada.
Corresponding author: Dr. Meredith Loveless, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, 4940 Eastern Ave., Room 121, Baltimore, Maryland 21224. E-mail: email@example.com.
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