An implant is inserted under a muscle in the chest wall at the mastectomy site. Implant reconstruction can be performed immediately at the time of skin-sparing mastectomy or as a delayed procedure through the original mastectomy scar.

Modern implants consist of an outer silicone shell (roughened or textured) and an inner compartment that can be filled with saline (salt water) instead of silicone gel. Implants having a similar shape to the natural breast have recently been introduced. Your breast surgeon will explain the pros and cons of the various types of implant available to you.

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