For some types of correction of the skin, injectables and surgery alone may not be sufficient. In these cases, Dr. Mandell-Brown employs the use of Alloderm in Cincinnati, a product to replace the human dermis, a key component of the skin.
Alloderm, produced by LifeCell, is processed natural human dermis which is available through approved tissue banks. The Alloderm undergoes a special process to remove the epidermis as well as the cells. Alloderm is prepared in various size sheets and can be cut to specific patient needs. Through a brief 30 minute procedure, the Alloderm graft can be inserted into areas such as the nasolabial folds, lips, and areas of indentation on the face or nose. Alloderm can also be used to cover abdominal wall defects or in breast reconstruction to cover the implant or tissue expander.
Depending on your needs, the length of your Alloderm treatment can vary greatly. The procedure is similar to a skin graft, but does not necessitate using a donor site on the patient’s body. Using minimally invasive incisions, your plastic surgeon will place the Alloderm beneath the epidermis of your skin. There, it will act as a support. You will be given a local anesthetic during most procedures, for your comfort.
After your Alloderm treatment, you may experience some swelling or discomfort at the site, but these are temporary. Alloderm is a long-lasting material, but over time, 50 to 100% of the Alloderm may be absorbed by your body. It may be difficult to predict those patients in which the Alloderm will not survive.
Alloderm is a unique product, but for some smaller depressions, Sculptra may be sufficient for correction.
We encourage you to learn about your options for Alloderm treatment in Cincinnati by contacting our plastic surgery office to schedule a consultation.