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:
The surgery performed depends on the stage of cancer, size of the tumor, size of the breast and involvement of lymph nodes.
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.
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.
Additional Information for Silicone Breast Forms
Asymmetrical or Symmetrical Design Shape:
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:
General Instructions for Breast Prosthesis Care
(Always follow specific Manufacturer's Instructions included with prosthesis)
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Trulife created the first successful breast prosthesis in 1958 and continues to design innovative products of superior quality for women following breast surgery that will restore confidence, self-esteem, and better quality of life.
Nearly Me breast forms are made with unique, exclusive USA materials and manufactured in the USA. Their breast forms come in several shapes, weights, and softnesses to match one's natural breast as closely as possible. Nearly Me Mastectomy bras are available in a wide variety of styles, sizes and cups for all types of women. Their high quality products include a complete line of skin care and protection items, including Retouch® Silicone Scar Reduction Sheets that help soften and flatten thick or raised scars.
Jodee has 40 years of experience designing and manufacturing mastectomy products to meet the individual needs of women who have had breast surgery. They are well known for their large selection of After Breast Surgery bras and believe that the right bra and breast form restores balance, assures an excellent fit, and helps create a feeling of comfort and security. Their bras are available in a wide array of sizes to fit every woman from the most petite to the fullest figure.
Jodee's patented Perma-Form® Bra is a lightweight form of polyurethane foam sewn permanently into each bra. The form has metal cores that help restore body balance but leave the form lighter than silicone. It is more comfortable especially on hot, humid days. For someone who has difficulty fitting a form into the pocket, such as in the case of arthritis, this bra is a great choice.
ABC has two Product Lines: Signature Pink and Persimmon.
ABC's affordable Persimmon Line of Breast Forms and Bras are basic designs. The Breast Forms have standard film and soft finish, 2 year warranty, and are packaged in ABC's Persimmon Box and Traveling Case.
The Persimmon Line of Bras include the T-Shirt Bra Collection and the Seamless Strapless Bra. All of these work well under different types of clothing and provide both the comfort and fashionable look long desired by women wearing mastectomy bras.
The Breast Forms and Bras in the Signature Pink Line are of high quality and innovative designs that represent the ultimate in femininity to make women feel comfortable and look beautiful in clothing.
Signature Pink Breast Forms have a Soft and Satin finish, 2 year warranty, and are packaged in ABC's Signature Pink Box and Traveling Case. Two featured new products in Signature Pink include The Dual Soft Triangle Breast Form and the cutting edge Massage Forms. The Dual Soft Triangle has a super soft front and super soft back layer joined together by a firm layer of lightweight silicone, allowing the wearer to experience a natural drape similar to that of a natural breast but with lightweight silicone.
The New Massage Form® has unique channel paths of silicone gel on the back layer that create better air circulation, lowering perspiration for 'All Day Cool'. Combined with lightweight silicone, the Massage Form® provides comfort and maximum security.
Midtown Health 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.
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.
Wear Ease specializes in bras and camisoles specifically designed for use immediately following breast surgery. Their Grace Bra may be purchased with removable drain tube pouches as well as fiber-filled breast form.
Anita Care bras are made of soft, skin-friendly materials with a slightly higher-cut, stretch neckline and a wide, softly elastic underbust band that holds the prosthesis firmly in place. The range covers the entire scope from sporty design, through to smooth bras with ultra-feminine and elegant details.
Classique is a leader in post mastectomy beautiful, fashionable bras designed to provide high quality at affordable prices. Their precision breast forms duplicate natural breast tissue and movements with life-like touch and quick body-temperature-reaching capability.
Lindi Skin care products were specially designed for people undergoing cancer treatment. Lindi Skin products are just as effective for people with sensitive or dry skin. Made with the finest ingredients, Lindi products provide ultimate hydration.
Every once in a while a new product comes along that grabs the attention of Midtown Health's staff for its innovative solution to a common problem affecting breast cancer surgery patients. The problem: Finding a comfortable position for sleeping while surgical wounds are healing. The solution: The patented Rest Easy Pillow created by a mastectomy patient and breast cancer survivor. This product was specifically designed for women recovering from breast surgery, however, it was soon identified as a solution for men and women alike while recovering from shoulder or arm surgeries or with chronic shoulder pain.
Other Mastectomy Products and Accessories that may be found at MidtownHealthOnline.com include: nipples, partials, enhancers, shapers, breast form covers, pads, cleansers, extenders, creams, adhesives, compression bras and sleeves / gauntlets, scar treatments, headscarves.