This type of reconstruction is suitable if you have a skin-sparing or nipple-sparing mastectomy where some or all of the skin and sometimes the nipple is kept. It can be used for immediate reconstruction to both breasts. An implant is put under the muscles covering the chest to replace the lost tissue.
Breast implants are made of a silicone outer cover with either silicone gel or salt water (saline) inside. They come in a range of sizes and can be tear-drop or round in shape. The outer surface may be smooth or textured.
Reconstruction using an implant can be a one-stage or two-stage procedure.