Accelerated tissue expansion with the "overfilling" technique

Plast Reconstr Surg. 1988 Feb;81(2):204-7. doi: 10.1097/00006534-198802000-00011.


Temporary overexpansion of the tissues at each filling session increased the actual inflation volume by about 59 percent. This shortened the process of tissue expansion considerably. "Overexpansion" means that the pressure in the expander is increased to a point where the dermal capillary flow is zero or the patient experiences so much discomfort that inflation cannot be carried out any further. The pressure in the expander is thereafter gradually decreased by taking out saline until both the capillary refill and all other clinical criteria are sufficient for safe dermal circulation. Comparison of the expander volume at the final pressure to the initial filling volume at the same pressure before the "overfilling" confirmed an average gain of about 59 percent in 14 patients.

MeSH terms

  • Blood Volume
  • Capillaries
  • Humans
  • Prostheses and Implants*
  • Skin / blood supply
  • Surgery, Plastic / methods