Acellularized Dermal Matrix

Products like Alloderm and Strattice are used when the patient’s soft tissue is compromised and does not offer adequate support to the internal body structures. To provide reinforcement, a plastic surgeon can implant tissue sheets of Acellularized Dermal Matrix. Techniques using Acellularized Dermal Matrix can be used in many plastic surgery procedures at UCI Plastic Surgery in Orange County.

Reasons to Choose Acellularized Dermal Matrix

If you are undergoing any of these procedures, your surgeon may recommend Acellularized Dermal Matrix:

  • Implant-based breast reconstruction
  • Revision breast augmentation
  • Hernia repair or abdominal muscle separation

A tissue matrix like Acellularized Dermal Matrix is generally used as-needed during some type of reconstructive procedure. Your surgeon can help you determine if one of these products can benefit you.

FAQ About Acellularized Dermal Matrix in Orange County

Here are some of the basic questions that patients ask about Acellularized Dermal Matrix. If you have more questions, please call or email the Orange County plastic surgery practice at UCI Plastic Surgery.

How do these products treat tissue deficiencies?

In reconstructive surgery, Acellularized Dermal Matrix are shaped, rehydrated and implanted with absorbable sutures. Once implanted, they act as an internal body support structure, as well as a scaffold to promote new tissue growth.

What procedures are aided by Acellularized dermal replacement?

Acellularized Dermal Matrix is frequently used in breast reconstruction with implants, especially in patients who lack the breast tissue needed to support the breast implants and to create a smooth, natural appearance. It is similarly effective in revision breast augmentation procedures, such as correction of deformities like double bubble or symmastia.

In breast surgery, the tissue matrix creates a kind of internal bra that helps to prevent migration of the implant and preserve the natural breast folds and borders. They help to mask ripples and edges that show in patients with thin skin and large breast implants. Because it is a firmer tissue sheet, Strattice is preferable when a stronger structure is needed, such as for abdominal wall repair.

What happens after a procedure with Acellularized Dermal Matrix?

These tissue supplements are only a component of reconstructive surgery, and their implantation does not affect the recovery period. The body will not reject the tissue matrix. However, patients are encouraged to stop smoking and cease any activity that would interfere with healing and new tissue growth. Your surgeon at UCI Plastic Surgery will provide specific instructions for your recovery after reconstructive surgery with Acellularized Dermal Matrix.

To learn more about how Acellularized Dermal Matrix can improve your reconstructive surgery procedure, please email or call the plastic surgeons of UCI Plastic Surgery. We are located in Orange County and frequently see patients from Los Angeles, Anaheim, Garden Grove and other communities in Southern California.