Breast Prosthetic Basics
Post-mastectomy and lumpectomy prostheses are available in a limited selection of shapes, sizes and colors. Typically, the recommended prosthesis will be determined by the amount of breast tissue that has been removed. Breast prostheses are designed to look natural, feminine and to ensure comfort.
Equalizers (full and partial breasts) enhance or balance a woman’s appearance. Breast prostheses are created using a variety of materials that can be simply worn inside a regular or specialty mastectomy bra.
Working with an experienced professional fitter is important. Every woman is different and our professionals will guide you in selecting the most appropriate option for your needs.
Choosing a Breast Prosthesis
External silicone Breast Prosthesis
An external silicone breast prosthesis is a weighted form made of silicone and designed to simulate natural breast tissue. Because of its weight, it also may help your posture, prevent shoulder drop and offset any problems with balance.
Non-silicone Breast Prosthesis
A non-silicone breast prosthesis is lightweight and made of foam or fiberfill. Non-silicone breast prostheses can be worn without concern during heavy exercise, while swimming and in hot weather.
Post-surgical Soft Breast Form and Camisole
This is a lightweight, removable breast form that fits into a soft garment that can be pulled up over the hips if raising your arms is restricted or painful. These are most often worn immediately following a mastectomy, lumpectomy, radiation therapy or reconstructive breast surgery.
Partial Breast Prosthesis
Also called a shaper or shell and is meant to be worn over your remaining breast tissue to compensate for tissue loss. These can be worn with either a regular or a post-mastectomy bra.
Sleeves and Bras
After surgery involving lymph nodes, some women may experience a condition known as lymphedema, or a swelling of one or both arms. We offer a range of compression garment styles to be worn under clothing during the day to guide the flow of lymph. Other styles have features that soften fibrotic tissues and all are available in stock sizes or can be custom-ordered.
Certified Mastectomy Fitters
When you are ready, our Certified Mastectomy Fitters will work with you to determine which mastectomy bras offer the best fit for your needs. Mastectomy bras are available in many different sizes, styles and colors and are designed with pockets on the inside to hold breast forms in place. Although with some breast prostheses you can wear a regular bra, they have not been designed to meet the specific needs of most prosthetic wearers.