Detailed information about Contact breast forms
Why choose a self-supporting breast form?
After mastectomy, it’s natural to have concerns about the changes to your body. You might feel you’ll be limited in your choice of clothing when you wear a prosthesis, or that you’ll have to wear a mastectomy bra rather than the type of lingerie you’ve been used to. You may also worry that your breast form won’t stay in place and will be noticeable to other people.
That’s why some women consider breast reconstruction, but for those who are reluctant to undergo further surgery, Amoena can offer you a realistic alternative. Contact breast forms adhere directly to the body, so they feel much more natural than a standard prosthesis. They stay in place during movement and won’t fall forward when you bend down or raise your arms in the air. You’ll also have a lot more choice in the type of lingerie and clothes you wear, so strappy tops, sexy lingerie and evening dresses needn’t be a thing of the past.
And because Contact is made from a soft silicone which is incredibly realistic to the touch, close physical contact, even a hug,will not reveal that you are wearing a breast form.
Best of all, a self-supporting breast form will let you forget you’ve had a mastectomy, because it will look, feel and behave like it’s part of you.
How does it work?
Secure yet gentle adhesion
Contact breast forms have an integrated adhesive surface on the inside, which allows the breast form to adhere directly to the body without the need to apply a separate adhesive. This "tacky"silicone surface is the same as the adhesive used on hold-up stockings and strapless bras, and has been used by the fashion industry for many years. In March of 2014, Amoena improved the back surface of the Contact breast form – both the adhesive and the contoured “pearls” -- so that it’s even more comfortable for you. It is known to be very gentle to skin, providing firm adhesion yet easy removal. The advantage of this is that the breast form stays securely in place but is easily adjustable.
Easy to use
Contact is so easy to put on – just prepare your skin using the special tonic, pop your breast form in the cup of your bra, press it against your body, and go! You can wear it all day long without a break, and even at night if you want to. The breast form can be easily loosened from the body and adjusted at any time, and will not leave any traces of adhesive on your skin. Once removed, Contact just needs a quick clean to help rejuvenate the adhesive surface.
Comfortable to wear
Contact breast forms have been designed for daily wear – there’s no need to keep it just for special occasions. In fact the more you wear it and clean it, the better the adhesion will be. And you can rest assured that our Contact breast forms have been thoroughly tested to ensure that they won’t cause irritation.
Contact will actually feel lighter than a normal breast form, because the weight is held against your chest wall (just like the weight of a real breast), and is therefore distributed more evenly. This is good news for larger-breasted women, and anyone with neck or back problems, or lymphoedema.
For optimum security, we recommend that you wear your Contact with a bra. Contact can be worn in any regular bra, and Amoena has a range that are perfect for it, including under-wired styles.
Will it be suitable for me?
Contact is suitable for anyone who has had a breast removed, as long as your scar has completely healed and treatments such as radiotherapy or chemotherapy are finished. We recommend that you wait six months after the completion of radiotherapy and two weeks after your last chemotherapy session before starting to using Contact. During chemotherapy, Contact can be worn with the protective cover strip in place until your treatment has finished.
Contact works best on clean, dry skin. During sport, hot weather, or if you are taking certain medication which can cause hot flushes, your skin may become moist and adhesion may be affected. When swimming, uneven scarring can sometimes allow water to penetrate between the breast form and the skin, again affecting adhesion. Adhesion can also vary according to whether your skin is oily or dry, if your scar is irregular or the prosthesis is worn without the support of a bra