Features of AquaFlow Triangle Symmetrical Breast Form 630:
- Newest concept in active-lifestyle breast form design
- Lightweight monoprene beads do not absorb water and dry quickly
- Beads move and flatten when sun-bathing
- flattering, natural profile, whether active or lying down
- Molded, fast-dry spacer fabric
- Thin layer of breathable foam for support and structure
- Satin garment loop can be used to pin into a garment
- Water resistant satin drawstring bag can be used to carry a wet swimsuit or other damp items
- Available Sizes: 3-14
Walter Kausch developed what would become the world's first successful breast prosthesis. In 1958, following his wife's diagnosis of breast cancer, he became frustrated by the lack of options available for women after a mastectomy. As a labor of love born out of his belief that only the best would do, he went to work at his home and created a breast form which he successfully marketed.
The importance of restoring confidence, self-esteem, and ultimately, a better quality of life for women following breast surgery is at the heart of what Trulife continues to do. They understand what women want from their breast form because they listen and have been listening for 50 years.
A mastectomy is surgery to remove a breast, performed either to treat or to prevent breast cancer.
There are four main types:
- Total mastectomy--removal of breast tissue and nipple
- Modified radical mastectomy--removal of the breast, most of the lymph nodes under the arm and often the lining over the chest muscles
- Lumpectomy--removal of tumor and a small amount of normal tissue around it
- Radical mastectomy--removal of the breast, lymph nodes and chest muscles. This is no longer common.
The surgery performed depends on the stage of cancer, size of the tumor, size of the breast and involvement of lymph nodes.
Breast Prosthesis, or Form
An external breast prosthesis, or breast form, is an artificial breast worn to simulate the natural breast and body shape. Full breasts and partial breasts (known as equalizers, enhancers, or shapers) can be purchased to balance the appearance depending on what type of surgical procedure was performed. These forms come in a variety of materials (usually silicone, foam or fiberfill), and they can be worn inside a bra or attached to the body with a special adhesive.
The type of prosthesis required is determined by the amount of breast tissue that is removed.
A prosthesis can be worn against the skin, inside the pocket of a mastectomy bra, or attached to the chest wall. Prosthetic devices are designed to look feminine while ensuring comfort.
Breast forms are designed to look and feel similar in weight, texture, and color to the natural breast. They are worn outside the body in a close-fitting, supportive bra or a special pocketed bra. In addition to creating a symmetrical appearance, the form will replace weight to restore the body's natural balance. When the body is out of balance following a mastectomy, other musculoskeletal problems can develop. Back, neck, and shoulder problems may occur as there is a tendency for one shoulder to drop downward and inward while the other rises. Women often report that their bra rides up or moves around when there is no weighted breast form on one side of the bra.
Even if you are considering reconstruction at some later time, it is important to wear a weighted form during the intervening time.
Non silicone breast prosthesis: This prosthesis is a lightweight breast form made of polyurethane foam or fiberfill and can be worn immediately after a mastectomy. They are ideal for temporary wear right after surgery or for leisure activities, including during exercise, swimming, or hot weather. They are lighter and cooler than silicone breast forms, but they do not drape like the natural breast.
Silicone breast prosthesis: These forms are designed for full-time, daily wear and are generally fitted 6 to 8 weeks after surgery. Designed to restore your body's natural symmetry and balance, they adapt to your body temperature and move just like your natural breast. A silicone breast prosthesis is weighted (small metal core that assists in keeping the form from shifting) to help the body remain in balance and avoid the back, neck, and shoulder problems that may otherwise occur.
Attachable breast prosthesis: An attachable breast form is fastened to the chest wall using self-adhesive strips or Velcro tabs. These move with you and can be worn with a regular bra.
Fitters' Notes: If you have recently undergone surgery and/or radiation therapy, your skin may be extremely sensitive. Therefore, we do not recommend self-adhesive breast forms prior to follow-up treatment once skin has completely healed.For hygienic reasons, due to the adhesive nature of this product, Contact breast forms cannot be returned or exchanged. Please order carefully.
Depending on the amount of tissue removed during surgery, the size of your breasts, and your lifestyle, you may need to consider a breast form. Partial shells and forms are available to equalize where tissue was removed.
Partial breast prosthesis: Also called an equalizer, enhancer, or shaper, this is a device made of foam, fiberfill, or silicone, designed to be worn over a woman's own breast tissue to enhance the overall size of the breast and to create a fuller appearance after a part of her breast is removed, as in the case of a lumpectomy. A partial breast prosthesis can be worn with a regular bra or a post-mastectomy bra.
On occasion, women who have reconstruction will find that there is still a noticeable difference between the remaining breast and the reconstructed breast. When this is the case, you can be fitted with a partial form to create a symmetrical silhouette.
Post-mastectomy bras resemble regular bras but with one important difference - they have spandex stretch pockets on the inside which help hold and keep the breast prosthesis in place.
4 Breast Form Shapes: Triangle, Teardrop, Oval, Heart-shaped
Each shape fits a specific need.
- Triangle shape breast forms are the most versatile. They fit a variety of body and surgery types. This shape most closely resembles the mature breast with shallow profile fit (more breast tissue under nipple than above). The breast form should be worn with the smallest curve at the top of bra cup.
- Teardrop breast form has a taper at top extension and can be positioned in any direction for optimal fit.
- Oval breast form has a natural full profile, and is recommended for use after bilateral surgeries. Also fits well in underwire and softcup mastectomy bras.
- Heart shape breast forms are versatile and can be positioned in any direction for best fit, These fit well with underwire bras.
Additional Information for Silicone Breast Forms
- Shallow fit describes the more mature breast with soft breast tissue that fits lower in the bra cup.
- Average fit describes equal breast tissue above and below the nipple with firm breast tissue.
- Full Fit describes thicker profile toward edges, fuller at top, mid-line nipple placement.
Advantages of having a breast prosthesis
Many women want to wear one because they want to wear the same clothing that they wore prior to the surgery and they want to look symmetrical. There are other advantages to having a breast prosthesis. It can:
- Give you warmth
- Protect your chest and scars
- Help balance your posture
- Keep your bra from shifting or riding up
- Help prevent problems with curvature of the spine, shoulder drop and muscular pain in the neck and back
General Instructions for Breast Prosthesis Care
(Always follow specific Manufacturer's Instructions included with prosthesis)
- Hand wash your prosthesis every day in warm soapy water and pat it dry with a towel. Do not use a hair dryer
- Protect your prosthesis from perfume or talcum powder
- When you are not wearing your prosthesis, store it in the specially designed box in which it came
- Most prostheses last about two years
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MetroMedicalOnline offers a wide selection of post mastectomy bras, prostheses, swimwear, and other accessories from the world's leading manufacturers: Jodee, American Breast Care (ABC), Amoena, Classique, Anita, Trulife, and Wear Ease.
Trulife and Nearly Me have several swim forms and active-lifestyle breast forms that will provide an appropriate choice for any lifestyle and need. Jodee has a beautiful and comfortable line of swimsuits for every body type and fun-in-the-sun-day!
MetroMedicalOnline has partnered with Amoena to offer a wide selection of post-surgical camisoles, pocketed bras, soft foam breast forms, silicone prostheses, and swimwear. Feminine, fashionable, natural: Amoena post-breast surgery bras provide women with a natural feeling of well-being, enabling them to feel feminine again. Amoena's line of beautiful intimate apparel offers the perfect combination of comfort and design with a cut specially developed to ensure reliable comfort and offer the perfect solution for every occasion from classically feminine and elegant to modern or sporty.
The Amoena "Feel" collection of post-mastectomy swimwear ensures women can feel completely relaxed and comfortable. Amoena swimwear gives women the confidence to show off their figures and be active again, whether on the beach or in the pool. Clever tailoring translates into high quality swimsuits that are both stylish and comfortable to wear. Each suit features pockets sewn into both sides that hold a breast form(s) securely in place.
For 30 years, Amoena, the world's leading brand of external breast forms, has been helping women enjoy fuller lives after breast surgery. Amoena produced the world's first silicone gel and polyurethane breast form, the first two-layer breast form, and the first quality attachable breast form. In addition, women with neck and shoulder tension or lymphedema will find a selection of products suiting their needs.
Amoena's Swimform 129 was designed specially for water activities. The clear silicone form features a hollow, concave back that allows water to flow through for maximum comfort. The form fits securely into the pocket of your Amoena swimsuit. When you leave the water, try the Amoena Leisure Form 126 for an easy-to-stow in your gym bag alternative that keeps you looking great between the gym, errands, and home.
Other Mastectomy Products and Accessories that may be found at MetroMedicalOnline.com include: nipples, partials, enhancers, shapers, breast form covers, pads, cleansers, extenders, creams, adhesives, compression bras and sleeves / gauntlets, scar treatments, headscarves.