Many women choose to opt-out of breast reconstruction due to the stress of undergoing another major surgery, However, some of these women still want to maintain their womanly figure when wearing their old or new clothes.
Following breast cancer surgery, breast forms can help you achieve your pre-mastectomy appearance without having to undergo reconstruction surgery. There are various types of breast forms available and choosing the best one for you can feel overwhelming. Here we will discuss the various types of breast forms and the fitting process to help you better understand your post-mastectomy options.
Why Wear a Breast Form?
When considering whether to wear a breast form, there are a few things to keep in mind. First and most importantly, breast forms can help restore balance and symmetry to your body, preventing chronic neck back pain. The balance also helps you to maintain an ideal posture.
In addition to the health benefits, breast forms allow you to wear your clothes comfortably and confidently. Partial breast forms can fill in space in your bra so it doesn’t ride up, and full breast forms take the place of the natural breasts for a genuine look. Depending on your situation, there is certainly an option that will suit you.
Types of Breast Forms
Foam or fiberfill and silicone breast forms are the most common types available to women. They each have advantages and disadvantages, and being aware of these will assist you in your decision.
Silicone breast forms are more natural feeling and looking, but are typically more expensive. They can sometimes feel cumbersome in the warmer months and are heavier.
Foam forms are lightweight and easy to wear directly after surgery. They have less of a natural feel but are usually more affordable. Each type of breast form requires care and cleaning.
Swim forms are specially designed to be worn in the water. They are typically designed out of a weighted silicone and resistant to harsh pool chemicals such as chlorine.
The Fitting Process
If you decide you want to wear breast prostheses, the first step is to schedule a fitting with a board-certified mastectomy fitter. Certified fitters are well educated and trained to ensure that you buy the best breast form to fit your lifestyle which includes your desired level of comfort and accessibility. As an ally in your recovery process, your certified fitter can answer any question or address any concerns you might have in the process.
A mastectomy bra is designed specifically for women who choose to wear a breast prosthesis. While it may be tempting to wear your regular old bra, mastectomy bras come with special pockets sewn into the cups that make it easy to ensure your breast forms stay in place.
In addition, this allows for easy access when the time comes to clean your breast form. Mastectomy bras are ideal and designed for maximum comfort.
Breast cancer and breast cancer surgery are traumatic and life-changing events. Here at A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe, we aim to be allies in women’s recovery. We want to help you look and feel your best no matter which stage of recovery you might be in.
Our well trained and friendly staff are prepared to work with you every step of the way in finding the perfect post-mastectomy products to fit you and your lifestyle. Contact us today at(954)-568-8904 with any questions. We look forward to working with you.