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Where is the Alloderm Placed? Is It Inside Your Body or is It Visible on the Skin Under the Breast Crease?

Where is the Alloderm Placed? Is It Inside Your Body or is It Visible on the Skin Under the Breast Crease?

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Alloderm Placement and Uses

Alloderm is an acellular dermal matrix which more simply stated is a framework for your body to grow your own tissue into inside of your body, providing an additional layer of support. Because Alloderm is inside your body it is not visible through the skin. Alloderm is most commonly used for breast surgery and repairing or preventing abdominal wall hernias. For breast surgery, primarily breast reconstruction, Alloderm acts as an “internal bra” which reduces the appearance of wrinkles of the implant, provides an additional layer of protection for the implant, and allows for a more natural look of the lower portion of the breast. In our San Francisco Bay Area practice we use acellular dermal matrix in nearly all of our breast reconstruction patients.

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