If you have had a mastectomy and elected not to have reconstructive surgery, breast prostheses are an excellent choice to help you regain your shape and your confidence after breast cancer.
Amoena breast forms are some of the best quality breast prostheses on the market and use state-of-the-art technology and materials to give you breast forms that naturally contour to your body for better comfort.
Amoena produces many types of breast forms in a range of sizes and shapes to suit your needs including the popular silicone prosthesis which is a versatile option designed to mimic the appearance and weight of your natural breast. Amoena has also created a stunning line of foam leisure breast prostheses that are an ideal lightweight product to wear immediately after surgery or while relaxing at home.
Breast forms by Amoena are designed to last. However, to prolong the life and performance of your prostheses, you need to clean, dry, and store the item properly. To keep your breast prostheses in their optimal shape, here are some of the dos and don’ts of caring for Amoena breast forms.
Hand wash only
Silicone is a durable material that can stand up to the rigors of daily wear and tear. However, the extreme heat and vigorous movement of a washing machine can quickly degrade the material leading to warping and loss of structural integrity which can cause your breast forms to lose their shape.
For self-adhesive silicone breast forms, a wash cycle can remove the sticky backing that attaches to the chest wall meaning that your breast prosthesis can no longer adhere properly and may slip throughout the day.
To properly clean your breast forms and avoid any potential damage, it is recommended that you hand wash your forms daily using soap, warm water, and a soft, non-abrasive washcloth.
For Amoena Contact Comfort+ breast forms, apply the specially formulated cleanser directly on the form and use the ultra-soft scrub brush and lukewarm water to clean between the adhesive beads, then rinse thoroughly under clean water.
Gentle machine wash
You can wash your Amoena foam breast forms in the washing machine for a fast and easy way to keep your prosthesis hygienically clean. However, there are a few precautions you need to take to minimize any damage to the filling and the fabric exterior.
Place your breast forms inside a specially designed wash bag and only wash on your machine’s gentlest cycle at the lowest temperature. You should also avoid washing your breast forms with clothing items such as jeans, as the zippers can potentially tear the lining.
Over the course of the day, your body releases natural oils and sweat which can degrade the silicone prosthesis. Daily cleaning can help to avoid grime from building up on the breast form surface which not only makes your prosthesis more hygienic but it also longer lasting.
A great idea is to wash your breast forms when you shower. You can easily take the forms into the shower or bath with you and wash them as part of your daily routine. Keep a bottle of Amoena breast form wash and a soft brush in the shower for a quick and easy way to maintain your prosthesis.
If you’re a swimmer, wash your breast forms after every swim, especially in saltwater or chlorinated water.
After cleaning, gently pat the breast form dry with a soft towel. If you have a foam breast prosthesis such as the Amoena Premium Priform, you shouldn’t wring out the excess water as this can cause the form to lose its shape.
Lay the breast forms flat in the shade to dry. Do not tumble dry your breast forms as this will cause them to become misshapen.
If possible, refrain from using lotions and oils with excessive fragrances directly on your chest wall. This reduces the amount of build-up on your prosthesis.
For adhesive silicone breast forms, skincare products can prevent the performance of the adhesive layer causing the breast forms to slip out of place.
If you don’t want to forego lotion or oil altogether, wait until the product has fully absorbed into your skin before wearing your breast forms again. Alternatively, avoid applying lotion to the areas on your torso and under your arms where you place the breast prosthesis.
Store when not wearing
After you patted the breast form dry, place them in the box they came in to help them retain their shape. There are also cradles or storage boxes specially designed to store breast forms in the ideal position so they do not lose their contours.
Also keep them out of direct sunlight when you’re storing them. Although the damage won’t be noticeable to you, over time, sunlight degrades the outer layer of the silicone form.
When you are cleaning your breast forms, remove all jewelry. Sharp edges to rings, bracelets, or swinging necklaces can puncture your form’s silicone shell or tear the fabric lining of your foam breast prosthesis. Also, take care of your fingernails as overly long, sharp nails could cause damage.
If you have chosen to wear breast forms to enhance your shape after mastectomy surgery, it is essential to take care of your prostheses so they remain in the best possible shape.
Carefully cleaning with mild soap and water is the best way to keep your breast prosthesis clean and odor-free, while maintaining their shape and adhesive backing.
Always store your breast forms in their box or a supportive cradle after cleaning.
At A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe, we help you find the perfect breast form for your body. With personalized fittings, ample experience with insurance, and excellent customer service, A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe is committed to your breast prosthesis and other post-mastectomy needs.
Call us at (954)-978-8287 to schedule your private fitting appointment with one of our ABCOP and BOC accredited fitters.