Understanding the Two Types of
Post-Mastectomy Prostheses

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Post-mastectomy recovery can take a toll on your energy and your confidence. Post-mastectomy prostheses can help restore a normal shape and appearance to your chest area.

Post-mastectomy prostheses can help restore a normal shape and appearance to your chest area

There are two primary types of post-mastectomy prostheses, and they each serve different purposes. You may want to invest in both or just one, depending on your needs and preferences.

1. Lightweight models—Typically made from poly-fill or foam, these prostheses are ideal for when you are recovering from surgery because they are light and comfortable. They are also good for warmer weather and swimming because they can easily be machine washed.

2.  Silicone prostheses—These prostheses appear more realistic, and they may feel more natural for your everyday needs. Within this category, there are two types of prostheses: asymmetrical and symmetrical. Asymmetrical prostheses work for only the left side of the chest or the right side. Comparatively, symmetrical prostheses work on either side and can be worn in different positions for greater cleavage or center fullness.

Although silicone post-mastectomy prostheses may feel heavy when compared with the foam-filled models, the balanced weight of these devices will help you keep your posture straight and your shoulders even.

We can answer all your questions about post-mastectomy prostheses and help you find the right one for your needs following surgery. Ask your doctor for a referral to Tierney Orthotics and Prosthetics for compassionate, personalized care provided by our experienced team.