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There are three main types of breast reconstruction.
An implant is placed under the skin and muscle that covers your chest to create a breast shape. The most common type of implant used is an implant/expander.
Get more detailed information about reconstruction using an implant. |
Skin, fat and sometimes muscle are taken from another part of your body to make a new breast. This type of operation is more complex than using an implant.
Get more detailed information about reconstruction using your own tissue.|
A breast shape is created using both an implant and skin, fat and sometimes muscle taken from another part of your body.
Your surgeon will advise you on the type of reconstruction that’s most suitable for you.
This table compares various breast reconstruction options| and looks at the methods involved, what the scars will be like, how long the surgery and recovery takes, and the effects they have on the body.
Content last reviewed: 1 September 2012
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