Implant reconstruction


I wondered if I could have some advice about recovering periods. 

I am having my current under muscle implant removed and replaced using adm and over muscle implant. I am also having the other side (also mastectomy with implant) implant replaced but muscle remaining where it is. 

Please can you advice of the usual.recover period. I’m a mum to two young children and also work full time involving a 40 minute drive either end of the day L.

I had my first ops in 2017 and 2018 so memory is a bit foggy and the mastectomy part is obviously already done this time whereas last time I had the mastectomy and reconstruction in one op. 


Hi Cw1805 

It is understandable that you would like to know about the recovery time for your surgery to replace your breast implants. Recovery time will be different for everyone, and you may find it helpful to talk to your treatment team or breast reconstruction nurse specialist, if you have one. They will be able to advise you based on your individual circumstances.  

In general, the recovery is likely to be quicker than after your last operation, where you also had the mastectomy, as you mention. 4-6 weeks for full recovery is often recommended, with around 2 weeks leave from work, but again this will vary based on how you feel and what kind of work you do.  

However, as the implant is being moved from under to over the muscle on one side, this may have an impact on your recovery and your treatment team will be able to advise further on this. They will also be able to advise when you will be able to drive after your operation. You can also check your car insurance policy, as they will often have guidance on driving after surgery.  

You may find our information about breast reconstruction with an implant useful. Although this is not aimed specifically at having an implant replaced, it does give some information about having an implant put over the muscle with an ADM.  

Talking to someone who has had a similar experience can often be helpful. Our Someone Like Me service can match you with a trained volunteer who had had an implant replaced.  You can be in touch with your volunteer by  phone or email  for them to answer your questions, offer support or simply listen. 

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You may want to post your question in the surgery section of our online Forum, if you would like to hear other people’s experiences of recovery after having surgery to replace a breast implant.  

Keeping Abreast breast reconstruction support website also provides information and support which you may find helpful.  

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