There are essentially two types of breast reconstruction: Implant-based and autologous reconstruction. Implant-based reconstruction involves the creation of a new breast using a breast implant, either silicone or saline (salt water) filled. With this technique, the size and type of implant determines the final size and shape of the breast.

Autologous reconstruction involves the use of your own body’s tissues to create a new breast. The tissue can be taken from your lower abdomen, back, buttocks, or inner thighs, depending on your body type.

There are pros and cons to both types of breast reconstruction and discussing them in detail with your plastic surgeon will help you make the best decision for you.