Implant reconstruction offers a surgeon many different techniques to re-build a breast post-mastectomy. Each method has advantages and disadvantages. The choice of method depends largely on a woman's individual preference and her cancer treatment plan.
Breasts reconstructed using an implant tend to be more round and firm (and to move less naturally) than those using a woman's own tissue. It is important to note that the newly formed breast reconstructed with implants may droop less with age and may sit higher than the natural breast.
It's also worth noting that, at some point, a woman may need further operations to the reconstructed breast, or even to the natural breast, in order to achieve symmetry after the initial reconstruction.