For women who lack sufficient excess tissue in their bodies to allow for an autologous tissue graft, or who prefer an easier and more straight-forward approach, it is also possible to reconstruct the breasts after a mastectomy using artificial saline or silicone breast implants, just like those used during routine breast augmentation surgery. Many of the women who undergo this procedure even see their reconstruction as an opportunity to get breasts that are exactly the size and shape they always wanted. In some cases, a full mastectomy may leave behind insufficient skin to accommodate the desired implants, and so a tissue expander can be used to gradually stretch the skin around the breast so that the new implants can be safely inserted.

See examples of Breast Reconstruction with Implants