For many women with breast cancer, a mastectomy, or the removal of the breast, is a necessary part of their treatment. While breast reconstruction is available to most women, some choose to use prosthetics to replace their missing breast(s). If a patient decides that prosthetics are the way to go, there are special kinds of apparel, known as mastectomy clothing, which can help to provide better comfort and a more natural appearance. Before we get into the different types of mastectomy bras available, let’s take a closer look at breast prosthesis.
At About You Mastectomy Boutique in Tampa, we’re committed to helping women restore a positive body image and a renewed sense of confidence with our well-fitting and comfortable mastectomy apparel. Whether you’re shopping for mastectomy bras, breast forms, swim forms, or activewear, our custom fitters will work with you one on one to ensure you feel natural and confident in your skin.
A breast prosthesis is an artificial breast that is used to simulate the look and feel of a natural breast. When women who have undergone a mastectomy decide that they don’t want breast reconstruction, there are still measures they can take to help them look and feel like a natural woman. Some women decide that they still want a breast shape, which is where breast prosthesis can come into play. Breast prostheses can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials including silicone gel, foam, or fiberfill interior. Some companies even offer prostheses that are weighted to give an even more natural appearance to the breast. Let’s look at the two main types of breast prostheses below.
Lightweight Prosthesis (Polyfill or Foam)
This type of breast prosthesis is recommended to women who are recovering from surgery because it is very comfortable. These prosthesis can often be worn in chlorinated or salt water, and they are normally machine washable.
This type of breast prosthesis is made from silicon and is a very popular option among women across Florida. These forms tend to look a bit more realistic than their counterpart, and many women prefer to wear these during sex because they have the most natural feel for their partner. There are two main types of silicone prosthesis available, including:
- Asymmetrical: These are designed for one side of the body, either the right breast or the left breast.
- Symmetrical or Pear Shaped: These work well on either side of the body and can be worn sideways to fill out the side of your bra. These prostheses can also be work straight up for center fullness and cleavage.
A mastectomy bra is specially made for women who have had breast tissue removed due to cancer related illnesses. These bras are similar to regular bras, however they feature fabric pockets that are sewn into each cup of the bra. This is where women can place a breast prosthesis to give the impression of a natural bust. Before you purchase the first mastectomy bra you find, it’s important to be fitted by a professional to ensure optimal comfort. Like every woman’s experience with cancer is different, no two mastectomy bras are alike. Let’s look at some common types of mastectomy bras to consider below.
Post-Surgery Mastectomy Bras
This is the type of bra you may want to consider after a single mastectomy procedure, a double mastectomy procedure or a lumpectomy. Many of these bras will unhook in the front to allow easy access to the chest area, since most patients may not be able to move their arms well after surgery.
Pocket Mastectomy Bras
If breast forms or prosthetic breasts sound appealing to you, you may want to purchase a few pocket mastectomy bras. These have pockets in one or both cups to allow the buyer to insert their choice of breast forms or prostheses.
At About You Mastectomy Boutique in Tampa, we’re proud to carry a large assortment of mastectomy bras, breast prosthesis, and mastectomy swimwear. When you visit our boutique, we’ll work with you one on one to ensure you have all of the support you need. We’ll also work with your insurance company and Medicare to help cover the costs of our products.