Saline or silicone implants
This is an implant made of saline or silicone which is placed under the skin.
There are a lot of factors involved in choosing an implant. You may need a temporary saline filled tissue expander first that is filled over time and then replaced with a permanent implant at a second stage. You might be able to have a permanent implant right away. Implants come in many shapes and sizes.
Your own body tissue
Tissue from your body (autologous tissue) is taken from your stomach, back, thighs or buttock to rebuild your breast.
Implants and body tissue
Implants and/or body tissue may be used for either immediate or delayed reconstruction.
In some cases, it may be possible to keep your breast skin (skin-sparing mastectomy), or your skin, nipple and areola (nipple-sparing mastectomy) if you are having immediate reconstruction. This should be discussed further with your surgeon.