The Traditional Implant Procedure
During this procedure, a tissue expander may be placed under the chest muscles to make space for the implant after mastectomy. The expander is inflated every 2-3 weeks for about 3-4 months. Once the chest skin is stretched enough, the expander is removed, and breast implants can be placed. The placement of the breast implants is very well tolerated procedure and done on an outpatient basis. There are many different breast implants on the market too choose from, including saline, silicone, and form stable. Saline implants are filled with a saltwater solution, while silicone implants are filled with a silicone gel. Form stable implants are similar to silicone implants, only their filling is thicker and tends to keep its shape better. The type of implant for you can be discussed during your reconstruction consultation. It is important to understand that breast implants are long-lasting but are not meant to be lifelong devices. This means that you may have to have your breast implants replaced sometime in your lifetime.