Experiences with Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

One of the options for breast reconstruction after a mastectomy is to have an implant procedure. An implant procedure is where an implant (most commonly a saline-filled implant) replaces the removed tissue. A saline-filled implant is a silicone shell filled with salt water. Another option is a silicone gel-filled implant. Implant procedures can be done at the same time as the mastectomy (one-stage immediate breast reconstruction), months later after using a tissue expander (two-stage reconstruction), and after radiation is given (delayed-immediate reconstruction). Important things to consider about implants are that they do not last a lifetime, they may break or cause infection, the breast may eventually lose its shape, routine mammograms will be more difficult, and breast implants may affect your ability to breast feed.

There are an endless amount of questions asked by WhatNexter’s about breast reconstruction and which options are right for them. Decisions after undergoing breast cancer treatment, a lumpectomy, or a mastectomy are very difficult. Most women anticipate what the recovery will be like and what kind of reconstruction they should choose. Read the questions, experiences, and comments of women who have already made these decisions and gain firsthand insights that could relate to your own questions.

    • Aylor
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) ...
    about 1 month ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had reconstructive surgery done and a month later had a lung biopsy on same side no agree on questions above. My left breast is w...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
  1. about 1 month ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a revision surgery done on my breast. To lift the natural side again and reduce it. And a little bit bigger implant put in to ...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  2. about 1 month ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had my expander taken out and implant put in. And had a breast lift on the natural breast. Five months after the mastectomy. All ...

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    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
  3. about 1 month ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I STILL DON'T HAVE THIS ALL DONE YET

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • FarmWife
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltratin...
    3 months ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had my final surgery for implants on July 25, 2016. I went to my doctor for a weird rash on July 27 and was admitted for 5 days for ...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • Jgari
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast C...
    3 months ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    Didn't know what to expect, so went, with the flow, post surgery very painful and collapsed right lung, undiagnosed for 3 days, pain...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • DebbiB
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    5 months ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I was first diagnosed with DCIS (Stage 0) in 2004. Had a Modified mastectomy and reconstruction in right breast. Needed no further t...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    4 Comments
    • CarrieA
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    6 months ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I'm smaller than I expected. Dr said I would look a little smaller than the expanders made me look, but I wish I expanded more. Had ...

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    1 Comment
    • Iamhere
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    8 months ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    Waited five years (2010) before having reconstruction. Having expander after radiation was extremely painful. Doctor did not follow...

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
  4. 8 months ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    /implant placed on right side at the same time as the TRAM flap. 10 hour surgery

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
  5. 8 months ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I felt well after my initial surgery and wanted to stop there, but family members encouraged me to continue with the treatment plan ...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • quest4u
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    9 months ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    Final surgery this year 06-2016 for implants.

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    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
    0 Comments
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