Tissue Expander Market Report

Tissue Expander Market Analysis By Application (Breast Reconstruction, Forehead Skin & Scalp Reconstruction, Face & Neck Reconstruction), By Shape, By End-use, And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Published Date: Nov, 2017
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2016
  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-246-4
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2015
  • Number of Pages: 110

Industry Insights

The global tissue expanders market size was valued at around USD 948.6 million in 2016. This can be attributed to increase in the number of reconstruction surgeries being undertaken. According to American Society of Plastic Surgeons, around 5.8 million reconstruction procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2014.

Breast reconstruction is considered as one of the top 5 cosmetic surgical procedures in this country since 2006. Some of the reconstruction procedures that utilize tissue expanders are scalp reduction surgery and reconstruction of face, neck, arms, and legs. As a result, increase in number of breast reconstruction procedures as well as other reconstruction surgeries has led to a rise in demand for tissue expanders.

U.S. tissue expanders market

According to Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), breast cancer is considered as the most common type of cancer among American women, after skin cancer. BCRF also estimated that in 2015, 231,840 new invasive breast cancer cases were to be identified in women and 2,350 in men. Such high incidence of breast cancer in the U.S. has resulted in an increase in number of mastectomy and lumpectomy procedures, which further boosts the demand for tissue expanders. Data from a number of researches show that breast reconstruction after mastectomy has helped women psychologically and has enhanced their quality of life. 

Increase in number of trauma cases and severe road accidents is considered as one of the highest impact-rendering drivers, which leads to rise in demand for tissue expanders. According to WHO, every year around 10 million people are injured or disabled due to road accidents, which leads to a number of injuries involving head, chest, arms, and legs. Road accidents result in severe scars or deformities that most often require surgical treatment. Thus, increase in number of road accidents leads to rise in number of cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries.

Application Insights

On the basis of application, breast reconstruction held the largest market share in 2016 and is anticipated to exhibit fastest growth over the forecast period, which can be attributed to increase in the number of breast reconstructive surgeries being performed after mastectomy. American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimated that around 20% of women opt for reconstruction surgery after mastectomy. 

Forehead skin and scalp reconstruction also generated significant revenue in 2016 due to increase in number of these procedures. Need for scalp reduction surgical procedures has increased with rise in number of trauma & burn cases and high prevalence of cicatricial alopecia.

Availability of a number of products used in face and neck reconstruction has also supported the increase in number of these reconstructive procedures. In addition, tissue expansion surgeries performed in face and neck region result in lesser complications as compared to other parts of the body.

Shape Insights

On the basis of shape, anatomical products dominated the market in 2016 as they tend to provide greater degree of projection as compared to other expanders. Therefore, women who undergo natural-looking breast reconstruction opt for anatomically shaped expanders. 

Round-shaped expanders are projected to exhibit fastest CAGR over the forecast period due to the fact that these products result in soft, round, and accurately proportioned breasts. For instance, Dermaspan, manufactured by Sientra, Inc., is a round or anatomically shaped tissue expander that helps achieve soft breasts with desired shape.

Rectangular-shaped products are expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period as they are commonly used in reconstruction surgeries involving the neck, face, arms, and legs. These expanders are available as both silicone- and saline-filled expanders. For instance, rectangular tissue expander manufactured by Groupe Sebbin is used for tissue augmentation surgeries.

Crescent-shaped tissue expanders contributed significantly to the global tissue expanders market. These products are used for reconstruction of breast as well as other body parts. For instance, ACX manufactured by Sientra, Inc. is used for two-stage reconstruction.

UK tissue expanders market

End-use Insights

On the basis of end use, in 2016, hospitals generated maximum revenue for the market. This is because majority of reconstructive surgeries are conducted at hospitals, allowing patients to choose from an array of options to improve their physical appearance, due to which people mostly prefer hospital settings. 

Cosmetology clinics are expected to witness lucrative growth over the forecast period due to growing concern in women pertaining to their esthetic appeal, especially after mastectomy. In addition, expertise offered by cosmetologists are specific and allow patients to evaluate various options that are available for reconstructive surgeries.

Ambulatory surgical centers are also anticipated to grow significantly over the forecast period. According to physicians, overnight admission after a breast tissue expansion surgery is not necessary for all cases. Thus, ambulatory surgical centers are considered as an alternative option where reconstructive surgeries can be performed.

Regional Insights

In 2016, North America dominated the tissue expanders market with the highest revenue share owing to well-established healthcare infrastructure and growing healthcare expenditure. In addition, according to American Society of Plastic Surgeons, highest number of reconstructive surgeries were performed in the U.S. Increase in prevalence of breast cancer in Canada has also contributed to the large revenue share of this region. 

Europe also generated significant revenue for the market in 2016 due to increase in the number of road accidents in Germany. In addition, cosmetic surgeries in UK are on a rise, which further supports growth of this regional market.

Asia Pacific region is anticipated to exhibit fastest growth over the forecast period due to increase in the number of trauma cases and severe road accidents in India. In addition, China has one of the largest cosmetic industry across the world, with more than 10,000 plastic surgery clinics.

Competitive Insights

Some of the key players in this market are Mentor Worldwide LLC; PMT Corporation; Allergan; Sientra, Inc.; GROUPE SEBBIN SAS; Guangzhou Wanhe Plastic Materials Co. Ltd; KOKEN CO., LTD.; and Eurosilicone. 

Key strategies implemented by these major companies are development of new products & strategic partnerships and regional expansion. For instance, in 2016, Sientra, Inc. acquired Specialty Surgical Products, Inc. (SSP) with an aim to expand its tissue expander portfolio.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2015

Forecast period

2017 - 2025

Market representation

Revenue in USD million & CAGR from 2017 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, & MEA

Country scope

U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, India, China, India, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Saudi Arabia

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, & country levels and provides an analysis on the latest trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research, Inc. has segmented the tissue expanders market on the basis of application, shape, end use, and region:

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • Breast Reconstruction

      • Two-stage Breast Reconstruction

      • Single-stage Breast Reconstruction

    • Forehead Skin and Scalp Reconstruction

    • Face & Neck Reconstruction

    • Others

  • Shape Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • Anatomical

    • Round

    • Rectangular

    • Crescent

    • Others

  • End Use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • Hospitals

    • Cosmetology Clinics

    • Ambulatory Surgical Centers

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • UK

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • Japan

      • China

      • India

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

    • MEA

      • South Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

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