Adjusting to your body following breast cancer surgery can be a challenge. After a full or partial mastectomy or a lumpectomy, you must decide how to move forward to enjoy your life to the fullest.
While some women continue with breast reconstruction surgery, this is not always an option for many. Some women cannot have reconstruction because of health complications or additional cancer treatments, while others choose not to undergo any additional invasive surgeries. Fortunately, you have other options, including wearing shapers or a breast prosthesis, also known as a breast form.
As you take this next step to find the most natural-looking breast forms, consider your body’s unique needs and shape. Although ready-to-wear breast forms come in an extensive range of shapes and sizes, custom breast forms are the best choice for optimal comfort and confidence in the short- or long-term.
Ready-to-Wear Breast Forms
Ready-to-wear breast forms are a convenient option for many women and are available in many types of breast shapes and materials, from silicone to foam to fabric. These also come at varying prices, with affordable options for any budget.
Standard breast forms do not consider breast weight or texture. This is important because you want your breast forms to look and feel as natural as possible. No two women’s bodies are the same, and the same forms fit differently on each woman.
They also do not take into consideration your surgical sites or the amount of breast tissue removed. Pre-made breast forms are limited in the shapes, sizes, and skin tone colors available, so you will need to find one close enough to what you need instead of the best fit and look for your body.
Benefits of Custom Made Breast Forms
Custom-made breast forms cater to your body’s contours, creating a more realistic, natural breast appearance. Since these forms are designed for you in particular, you can expect symmetry as well as comfort.
Made from high-quality lightweight materials, including silicone, custom breast forms create a protective barrier on the chest wall’s sensitive skin, reducing heat, friction, and discomfort.
You can create the most natural-looking and feeling breast forms with the ability to choose from different sizes, textures, and color tones. This will not only give you confidence in your appearance but eases any anxiety of them slipping or needing adjustment throughout the day.
Custom breast forms also need to be replaced less often than ready-to-wear prostheses, making them a more affordable option long-term.
Getting Fitted for Custom Breast Forms
Getting fitted for a custom breast prosthesis is as simple as 1-2-3. At A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe, we offer American Breast Care custom prostheses that use the latest technology to give a breast form that offers the perfect fit.
For your custom breast prosthesis, you’ll meet with a certified breast form fitter for a fitting consultation where you discuss your surgery, expectations, and needs. Next, you have a personal scan session using 3D digital scanning technology, which takes detailed images of your chest wall. These images and the scan data are sent to an off-site lab where they fabricate your custom breast form. Finally, you attend the fitting of your new customized breast forms.
At the same time as your custom breast form fitting, we can fit you for a pocketed mastectomy bra so you can wear a prosthesis with confidence.
While custom breast forms come with a higher price, they may be included in your insurance coverage.
Schedule a Custom Breast Form Fitting Today
You never have to settle for poor-fitting breast forms following your breast cancer surgery. Our compassionate, professional fitters here at A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe focus on optimal breast care and take the time to find the best fit and look for your body.
We will also help you find the right fitting mastectomy bras to wear with your new breast forms so you can move about with ease. Call us today to schedule an appointment at (954) 978-8287.