One type of breast reconstruction uses breast implants — silicone devices filled with silicone gel — to reshape your breasts. Breast reconstruction with breast implants is a complex procedure performed by a plastic surgeon.
BR with implant surgery
An implant filled with silicone gel is placed under the skin and muscle that covers your chest to create a breast shape.
Implant surgery: what to except
Your plastic surgeon will either insert the implant directly, or place a tissue expander under your chest muscle in order to stretch the skin over time to make room for the final implant.
Risks of implant surgery
Many of the risks associated with implant surgery are the same as the risks for mastectomy. However, there are some risks that are unique to implant reconstruction.