One of the biggest questions for women who have had a mastectomy after breast cancer is whether to undergo breast reconstruction or to use post-surgery breast forms to balance their silhouette. There are many reasons why a woman may choose not to have additional surgeries, including health risks or age. Many of these women have found that breast forms are the ideal alternative.
Wearing a breast form is an excellent option for achieving symmetry and allowing you to continue comfortably wearing the clothes you love. Wearing the right size of breast form can also help you to avoid posture and back strain from body imbalance. Before buying post-mastectomy breast forms, there are a few tips to keep in mind to help you choose the right prosthesis for your body.
Types of Breast Forms
Knowing what types of breast forms are available can help you to decide which might be suitable for your needs. Silicone breast prostheses are the most popular style as they afford the most natural weight, shape, and movement. They come in a variety of breast shapes, with or without nipples, and with different types of backing.
Fiberfill or foam breast forms are lightweight and designed to be worn while exercising or sleeping. These Jodee Featherweight Leisure forms are a good option for women who are still in the recovery phase. Foam or fiberfill forms are usually more affordable than silicone.
Perma-forms are breast forms that are sewn directly into bras or camisoles. While they don’t offer the same flexibility as other forms, they do provide better security because there is no risk of shifting or slipping during activity. Other options include attachable breast forms that adhere directly to the remaining breast tissue.
Finding the Right Breast Forms
The key to finding the ideal post-mastectomy breast forms is to schedule a professional fitting. At the breast form fitting, the certified fitter takes your measurements and suggests a selection of forms that add volume to your chest wall and where you need to achieve symmetry.
Don’t be afraid to try on multiple styles and sizes to find the perfect fit. Your priority is to find breast forms that are comfortable and feel natural. Your certified fitter will also show you mastectomy bras that support your breast prosthesis and recovery process as well.
Wear a tight-fitting top on the day of the fitting to see how the forms look under your clothes.
Why Choose Breast Forms Over Surgery?
The decision regarding whether or not to have reconstructive surgery following breast cancer surgery is personal and relative to each woman and her desires. Many women feel inclined not to get a reconstruction because the thought of another surgery is overwhelming or undesirable.
Breast forms are versatile and serve the functional purpose of emulating the natural breast without an invasive procedure. There are many types and styles available to accomodate all women.
You have the option to choose your prosthesis from a wide selection of pre-made options, or to have your breast forms custom made for a perfect fit to your body. Our staff of fitters is certified in the latest technology to create your own custom breast form after any type of breast surgery.
Breast forms are an excellent alternative to breast reconstructive surgery and afford the symmetry you need to wear your clothes comfortably after a mastectomy. Each woman is unique and all bodies are different. The best way to find the right breast forms and mastectomy bra for your body is with a professional fitting at A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe.
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