Breast Forms (Prostheses)
Breast prostheses are breast forms that make it look as if your breasts are natural and balanced while wearing clothing. They are designed to feel as natural as possible including movement and weight. Breast forms are heavy enough to match the weight of your remaining breast. If the prosthesis is weighted properly, the wearer feels balanced. Proper weighting also makes it easier to maintain good posture.
A variety of breast protheses are available.
- Breast prostheses come in different shapes and sizes - including large ones that replace the breast and enhancers for the woman who has a lumpectomy or is small breasted.
- Breast prostheses can be made of foam, latex or silicone. Prostheses made of silicone absorb body heat so they are the same temperature as the wearer's body.
- Breast prostheses can be designed to slip into a pocket in a bra (either a regular bra with a pocket sewn into it or a special mastectomy bra which comes with a pocket). They can also be attached directly to the skin (which you can wear for several days).
- Some breast forms can be worn while swimming or doing other strenuous activities.
A breast prosthesis does not move with the body. This can cause discomfort, or a feeling of not being balanced during movement.
Breast prostheses can be expensive. If you want a custom breast prostheses, it can be very expensive.
Breast forms may be covered by health insurance if your doctor writes a prescription.
Free or low cost forms may be available.