Amoena has a wide variety of breast prosthesis to choose from. Gain some insight on how to select the perfect one.
According to a 2017 study, many women are opting for double-mastectomy to treat breast cancer. Mastectomy is a surgical procedure that involves removing one or both breasts to treat breast cancer.
Being diagnosed with breast cancer can be exacting. It can also be exhausting to learn that only breast removal could treat the condition. Luckily, with a breast prosthesis, you can still get your natural body and breast shape.
But you need to pick the right prosthesis that fits well. Keep in mind that your breast form also has medical benefits as it can help to prevent bad posture and lymphedema.
In this post, we're going to cover some of the crucial tips to consider when shopping for a prosthesis bra.
1. Work with Your Doctor
As noted before, breast prosthesis is more of a medical solution than a cosmetic one. As such, it's essential to involve a medical professional when selecting the right form.
At first, your doctor will assess the condition of your skin following your surgery. This helps to ensure there are no open wounds or drainings at the site. If you have removed both breasts, the fitter will make suggestions for the best breast forms.
Even with the suggestions, it's up to you to decide which form is ideal for you.
2. Proper Fitting
Amoena products come with letters and numbers that make it easier for you to pick the right fit.
If you've removed both breasts, the ideal prosthesis size will depend on your body shape, clothes, and personal preferences. For example, if you purchase forms that are large for your frame, it will be difficult for you to wear your existing clothes.
Choosing the right form depends on several factors, which include:
If you removed one breast, the cup fullness of the remaining breast should make things a bit easier for you. The fullness can be shallow, average, or full. You'll need to stand in front of a mirror to determine your cup fullness.
In some cases, your doctor might give you images for reference. For those with both breasts removed, you have the option of picking breast form that you feel looks great.
Keep in mind that the cup size will affect how you look at the end. Some sizes are likely to project more than others. Also, pay attention to the amount of concave that's on the back of the forms.
Your remaining breast will also determine what breast prosthesis shape will be ideal for you. Common shapes include symmetrical, asymmetrical, extra, and universal. Of course, you'll get images for each of these shapes.
If you've had a standard mastectomy, the symmetrical shape is the ideal option. For those who have had lymph nodes or tissue removed under their arm, most doctors will likely recommend an asymmetrical breast form.
If the surgery involved the removal of both breasts, you could pick a shape that you feel is great.
The fit of your bra is also vital in determining how natural your breast prosthesis will fit. Your fitter will measure your bra size using specific points on your chest wall and around your rib cage.
3. Know the Types and Materials
When shopping for breast forms, you need to understand the different materials and types out there. Read on to know them.
The popular options are the silicone forms, which are worn externally and can be costly than other options. Doctors usually advise patients to only where silicone forms after they've healed well.
They feel better and natural for daily use, and you can find lightweight to heavy options. Keep in mind that choosing the right weight is vital as some can feel too much while walking around.
Even with great care, silicone prosthesis can be damaged. You'll need to replace them as needed.
There are also non-silicone options, which include foam and fiberfill. In most cases, your doctor will recommend these after your surgery. They're also great if you live in areas with hot weather and for workouts.
Non-silicone forms are much lighter than silicone options, so they're likely to cost less.
When it comes to types of breast forms, you have options such as:
- Attachable breast forms — These options use adhesive strips to attach securely to your chest wall.
- Post-surgical soft form in camisole — This is a wearable breast that fits in a camisole garment and can be worn following the surgery.
- Partial breast prosthesis — This is basically a shell that can be worn over your breast tissue to enhance the size and appearance of your breast.
As you can see, some materials and types are heavier than others. If you're always on the go, lightweight options might be ideal for you. Also, those who like engaging in fitness activities like swimming and exercises will find lightweight forms great.
Prices for breast forms vary widely depending on the material and other factors like quality and size.
For high-quality products, you can expect a price tag of $100 to over $500. Silicone options can be between $240 to $400.
However, you can get cheap options like fiberfill forms, which can cost as little as $10.
If you can't afford your desired option, your insurance plan can cover a percentage of the cost. However, you must prove that your prosthesis is a medical prescription for your insurer to pay.
Also, custom options are available, and they can come at premium costs.
Breast Prosthesis — Final Thoughts
Amoena breast forms are designed to deliver optimum performance and comfort. However, that doesn't mean every option there is suits you. You need to put efforts into finding breast prosthesis that fits your body silhouette.
If you're shopping alone, take the time to try different forms and bras to find the right option. Measuring your chest wall before shopping and examining your breasts can be helpful in proper selection.
Do you have questions about shopping for breast prosthesis? Be sure to reach out to us.