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Aesthet Surg J. 2011 Sep;31(7 Suppl):30S-7S. doi: 10.1177/1090820X11417577.

Acellular dermal matrix in primary breast reconstruction.

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  • 1Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, USA.


The use of acellular dermal matrix (ADM) in many plastic surgery procedures, including breast reconstruction, has increased dramatically in recent years. While expander/implant reconstruction can be performed successfully with standard techniques, the introduction of ADM has added a new tool with which to achieve lasting, predictable results. This article is a summary of existing literature on ADM for primary implant reconstruction, to provide a more thorough understanding of the benefits of ADM in single- and to two-stage breast reconstruction and to identify the areas where further investigation is needed.

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