Breast reconstruction with implants is a simple operation. The procedure takes 2-3 hours and has a shorter recovery time than other types of reconstruction.

Implants may be suitable for you if you:

  • have both breasts reconstructed
  • are not fit for a longer operation

Implants can be put in as a one- or two-stage operation.

One-stage procedure: The surgeon puts a permanent implant in under your chest muscle. Saline solution may be injected gradually over a number of weeks until the breast takes on its proper shape and size.

Two-stage procedure: A temporary expandable implant is put in. Once the breast reaches the desired shape and size, the implant is taken out and replaced with a permanent silicone implant.

After an implant operation you may have bruising and nausea. Sometimes, the tissue that surrounds the nipple hardens, changing the feel and look of the breast. This is called capsular contracture. If it happens, the implant may have to be removed.