Following mastectomy surgery, changes in their body can make many women feel self-conscious. While some women opt for a full breast reconstruction, others choose to forgo the procedure and elect to wear a breast prosthesis instead.
If you’re concerned about your appearance following your mastectomy, there are many types of breast prostheses available to help you feel confident and look your best after surgery.
What is a Breast Prosthesis?
Breast forms (or prostheses) are artificial breasts that can be worn after a woman has her breasts surgically removed or altered and are designed to simulate natural breast shape.
The type of prosthesis you will require varies depending on the breast surgery performed. There are full prostheses for women who have had a complete mastectomy or partial breast prosthetics available that are known as enhancers or equalizers that serve to balance the appearance of your breast tissue following surgery.
Protheses are available in various shapes, sizes, and colors. They are often crafted from silicone, foam, or fiberfill and can be worn inside a pocketed bra or directly attached to the skin using a specialized adhesive.
How Soon After Surgery Can a Breast Form Be Worn?
As the healing process is specific to each woman, always consult your surgeon about when to start the fitting process for a breast prosthesis. Most women can wear their breast forms as soon as two weeks after surgery while others take longer, potentially up to eight weeks. As soon as you’re no longer concerned about stitches or open wounds, you should be free to wear a breast form.
Depending on your health status after surgery, there are some styles of breast forms that can be worn immediately inside a post-surgical bra. They are often lightweight foam or fiberfill breast forms that won’t put any strain on the chest wall.
You can also purchase Perma-form bras which have foam breast forms sewn directly into the cups to prevent movement and provide added support.
Deciding to purchase a breast form or prosthetic is profoundly personal and may not be for everyone. While many women prefer them because they want their clothing to look and fit the same way before their surgery, that’s not necessarily the case for everyone. Still, there are many advantages to using breast prostheses.
- Keeps your bra from shifting or riding up
- Protects your chest and scars
- Helps balance your posture
- Helps prevent problems with the curvature of the spine, shoulder drop, and muscular pain in the neck and back
How to Wear a Breast Prosthesis
There are two ways to wear breast forms, either in a mastectomy bra or attached to your chest walls with adhesives. You may be concerned about the composition of the adhesives and how your skin may react to always having them attached physically to your body. If this is something you’re worried about, a mastectomy bra is an excellent option.
Mastectomy bras are a specialized bra that contains pockets to hold the prosthesis close to your body without adhesives. They are available in many styles and colors and are just as attractive as any other bra. At the time you’re fitted for a prosthesis, you’ll be fitted for a mastectomy bra, too. Doing both at once helps the transition go as smoothly as possible for you.
How Can I Buy a Breast Form and Mastectomy Bra?
By scheduling an appointment at A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe, you’re guaranteeing a caring, personalized experience with your confidence and needs in mind.
Other lingerie stores may carry similar products, but only at A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe will you find certified mastectomy fitters to help you find a bra or breast prosthesis that serves your best interests. These women are specially trained to help women who have had breast cancer.
Many insurance companies offer coverage for a breast form and mastectomy bra under your treatment policy. Obtain a prescription from your doctor and consult your insurance policy. The staff at A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe can contact your provider on your behalf and process the paperwork for you.
Call (924) 978-8287 to schedule your private fitting appointment at A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe.