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Pregnancy as a tissue expander in the correction of a scar deformity

  • Barbara Del Frari
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    Reprint requests: Barbara Del Frari, MD, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Leopold-Franzens University of Innsbruck, Anichstr 35, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria.
    Affiliations
    Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Leopold-Franzens University, and Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Quality Control in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery,a Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of University Hospital Innsbruck,b Innsbruck, Austria
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  • Petra Pülzl
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    Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Leopold-Franzens University, and Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Quality Control in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery,a Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of University Hospital Innsbruck,b Innsbruck, Austria
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  • Thomas Schoeller
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    Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Leopold-Franzens University, and Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Quality Control in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery,a Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of University Hospital Innsbruck,b Innsbruck, Austria
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  • Martin Widschwendter
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    Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Leopold-Franzens University, and Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Quality Control in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery,a Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of University Hospital Innsbruck,b Innsbruck, Austria
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  • Gottfried Wechselberger
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    Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Leopold-Franzens University, and Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Quality Control in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery,a Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of University Hospital Innsbruck,b Innsbruck, Austria
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      Abstract

      Tissue expansion is an established method for the correction of scars and tissue defects. During pregnancy the abdominal skin becomes gradually stretched over the growing uterus, providing a “natural” tissue expander. We present a case of a woman with posttraumatic scarring of the lower abdomen and thigh where tissue expansion during pregnancy was successfully used for scar correction.

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