Alloderm and Strattice

Alloderm and Strattice are products that are frequently used when a patient requires extra support for the soft tissue that is compromised. To support internal body structures, Dr. Alfaro can implant tissue sheets of Alloderm or Strattice. Techniques using Alloderm and Strattice can be used in many plastic surgery procedures, especially breast surgery.

What to Expect During Surgery with Alloderm and Strattice

What is it? Sterile sheets of tissue from human or porcine sources. Used for providing support to compromised tissues, often during breast surgery.
Inpatient / Outpatient Either
Surgery time: Varies depending on the operation performed
Recovery time: Recovery time varies depending on the surgery. Using Alloderm or Strattice should not affect the duration of recovery time.

How Alloderm and Strattice Work

Alloderm (made by LifeCell) is a sheet of dehydrated tissue tissue that is sourced from a human cadaver. Strattice is a similar product that is sourced from a pig. Both products stimulate natural tissue production to create a scaffolding for extra support during reconstructive surgery. Alloderm is very pliable, while Strattice is firm.

During reconstructive surgery, Dr. Alfaro shapes, rehydrates and implants the tissue sheet using absorbable sutures. Alloderm is frequently used during implant based breast reconstruction, especially when a patient lacks the breast tissue needed to support implants. These products help promote smooth, natural looking results. They are also effective during revision breast surgery procedures that address deformities like double bubble or symmastia.

When used in breast surgery, Alloderm allows Dr. Alfaro to create a kind of internal bra, which helps prevent movement of the implant, which can in turn preserve the natural breast folds and borders. These products also help to mask ripples and edges that tend to show when patients have thin skin and very large breast implants.

Scheduling Your Surgery in Tucson, AZ

If you are ready to discuss Alloderm and Strattice with a board certified plastic surgeon, we encourage you to call the office of Dr. Armando Alfaro in Tucson, AZ. Dr. Alfaro can answer your questions and discuss the details of this procedure. Call our office at 520-323-9720 to schedule a consultation.