If you or a loved one has had a mastectomy or lumpectomy, there are several reasons to consider your prosthetic/mastectomy options. First of all, it can enhance confidence with quick and easy solutions that even work in bathing suits. It can also benefit your body by maintaining your alignment, posture, and balance while avoiding shoulder drops and other potential problems.
You have a range of options to choose from, and you may even choose to have multiple prosthetics of different types. Here are some of the most common prosthetic options used after mastectomies and lumpectomies:
Post-surgical soft form in camisole: This lightweight option is often used just after surgery, but it can also provide a longer-term option to protect sensitive scar tissue while giving you a feminine shape.
- Partial breast prosthesis: If you have a lumpectomy, you may want a prothesis that you can wear over your own breast tissue to provide symmetry and fullness.
- Non-silicone breast prosthesis: These foam inserts would be worn with a mastectomy bra, which has specially designed pockets to hold the prothesis. These pockets can even be sewn into swimsuits and used for swimming, exercise or during hot weather.
- Silicone breast prothesis: These are typically weighted, providing help to your posture and balance as you adjust to life after your mastectomy.
Breast prosthetics come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and materials. Proper fitting is key to long-term comfort, so a professional consultation is key.