With the use of a tissue expander, breast reconstruction can achieve a more natural, shapely breast, as the tissue expander takes advantage of the skin’s ability to stretch. This gradual process takes place over a six to 10 week period.
The disadvantage of any implant reconstruction is that in every case the body forms a shell of scar tissue around the implant. In some cases, contraction of this scar can result in a firm, misshapen breast (capsular contracture ) which can be corrected through additional surgery, but may recur.
The other main disadvantage of breast reconstruction with an implant is the risk of implant related infection. This might require removal of the implant for some months until the infection has settled.
Modern implants are made to very high standards and device failure is rare. During your consultation your surgeon will discuss detailed information on the risks of breast implants.