How does a breast prosthesis work?
Full or standard prosthesis
This prosthesis has various backings designed to go straight against the chest wall where all breast tissue has been removed. It’s matched in size, shape and skin tone to your other breast. If you’ve had both breasts removed you can select the size you feel most comfortable with.
How long does a breast prosthesis last?
Breast prosthesis are incredibly resilient and are designed to stand up to the normal everyday demands placed upon them. If cared for properly and correctly, your breast forms should last between 1-2 years.
What is a breast prosthesis used for?
A breast prosthesis or breast form is an artificial breast used after a surgery in which the breast has been removed or altered. A breast form may be worn to simulate the natural breast and body shape. Depending on the type of surgery, either full breasts or partial breasts can be purchased to balance the appearance.
What is a prosthetic breast called?
Partial breast prosthesis, also called a shaper or shell
Partial breast prosthesis, also called shaper or shell is a breast form made of foam, fiberfill, or silicone.
How long after a mastectomy can you wear a bra?
It is advisable to wear a non- underwired bra / sports bra for at least two weeks after your operation to minimise discomfort and pressure to the breast tissue whilst the area is healing.
How often can you get a breast prosthesis?
a new prosthesis every 1-2 years.
How do you get fitted for breast prosthesis?
Your prosthesis fitting will often be at your local hospital. The breast care nurse may do the fitting herself or it may be done by another trained fitter, such as a surgical appliance officer or a representative from a prosthesis company. At this appointment you will need to have a well-fitting, supportive bra.
Can I swim with breast prosthesis?
Yes. Silicone breast forms will not be damaged by chlorine or salt water and can be worn in the swimming pool, ocean, or hot tub. After use, gently wash and dry the breast prosthesis. The breast prosthesis must be worn in a pocketed swimsuit so it does not float out into the water.
How much does a breast prosthesis weigh?
As far as the implant weight itself goes, for every 100cc, a silicone implant weighs 0.23lbs. For every 100cc a saline implant weighs 0.21lbs. Thus, the average 300cc silicone implant weighs 0.69 pounds and both of them together weigh 1.38 pounds or less than a pound and a half.
How do I keep my breast from forming?
Use Self-Adhesive Tape
To wear self-adhesive breast forms, carefully clean the area with an alcohol wipe and apply three-piece of double-sided tape to the back of your breast form. Place the forms gently against your chest and hold for 5-10 seconds to allow the adhesive to bond.
Can you get a permanent bra in your breast?
What is the internal bra? The internal bra is an innovative new surgical technique David M. Godat, MD, offers that provides internal support to your breast tissue and/or implants. It works by securing a length of natural biologic tissue to the same area of your breasts that a push-up bra would normally cover.
What should you wear after a mastectomy?
Immediately after your surgery, you will be most comfortable wearing a soft cotton camisole. There are special camisoles that include a removable pocket for any surgical drains. They also have built in bras (like those in some bathing suits) that can hold a cotton puff.