Loading cart

Deciding whether to have a breast reconstruction using implants

Benefits of having a breast reconstruction using implants include:

  • less time in surgery
  • shorter recovery time after surgery
  • surgery does not use tissue from other parts of the body
  • no scars on other areas of the body
  • may avoid lifestyle limitations (such as heavy lifting or playing tennis) that can happen as a result of muscle weakness after tissue flap breast reconstructions.

Disadvantages of having breast reconstruction using implants include:

  • the rebuilt breast(s) are unlikely to look, feel and move like natural breasts
  • the rebuilt breast(s) will be firmer and not fall (droop) as naturally as the breasts did previously
  • some women do not like the idea of having a foreign material (breast implants) inside their body
  • long-term complications are more likely with implants, compared with tissue flap reconstructions. The complication of capsular contracture can be painful and restrict movement or limit activity.
  • Over time, replacement of breast implants may be necessary.

If you decide to have a breast reconstruction using implants, you have the option of a tissue flap reconstruction at a later stage.

Find out more about: