Go backHow to Wear Breast Forms
Breast forms, also known as breast prosthesis, are prosthetic breasts that breast cancer survivors can wear underneath their clothing as an alternative to breast reconstruction.
It is fitted in their post-mastectomy bra and provides the illusion of breasts, allowing mastectomy patients to feel comfortable and confident after their surgery.
A fitting is the first step to how to wear breast forms and requires a professional fitter who will assess the patient, evaluate what is needed and make expert recommendations on what the best breast forms are.
An Alternative to Reconstruction
Many women who have had breast cancer surgery choose not to (or are unable to) have reconstruction and instead prefer to use breast forms. Breast forms can also be helpful to women who have breasts that are naturally different from each other in shape and size. In some cases, wearing a breast form is a temporary choice prior to getting reconstruction, although some women use breast forms as an alternative to major reconstructive surgery. Either way, many women find wearing breast forms to be an effective and suitable long-term choice.
Types of Breast Forms
There are many different types and styles of breast forms available, all varying in shape, quality and material. Most breast forms are made from soft silicone and designed to resemble the natural shape of a woman’s breast. The outer surface of the prosthesis is soft and smooth and may include a nipple outline.
Fitting a Breast Form
Wearing a breast form could take some getting used to. Women should be ready for a formal breast form fitting 6 to 8 weeks post mastectomy surgery. A good, accredited fitter is essential during this process. It is also a good idea to visit the fitter yearly as hormonal changes and weight fluctuations can change a woman’s body.
Things to know about a breast form fitting:
• The fit of the bra is important in supporting the breast form and a good fitter will measure the patient to make the right size mastectomy bra is worn.
• A too loose bra will cause the breast form to sag while a too tight bra will be visible and cause discomfort.
At the Fitting
At the appointment, the patient should have:
• Sufficient privacy
• Enough time to make the right decision
• Professional and compassionate advice
• A selection of sizes and styles of breast forms
The right breast form should not only feel comfortable but give a good shape and be a reasonable match to the patient’s skin colour.
The Fitting Process
• The fitter will note the shape and drape of the existing breast and take measurements to try and establish the breast form that best suits a patient’s dimensions
• For women who have lost both breasts, the fitter will make suggestions for breast forms that are flattering to the body’s dimensions
• The fitter will provide the patient with a soft drape or smock in which to change
• The patient will also be able to look at the breast form and feedback on how it looks and feels
• If it is not the ideal fit, the fitter will continue to offer suggestions until the patient is happy
• Before leaving, the fitter will provide instructions on use and care as well as the retailer’s return policy.
An Amoena accredited fitter will be able to help you along in the process of how to wear an Amoena breast form, while our breast form fitting guide will also provide much needed help and advice.
LIght Breast Form by PW They really are very light, not like the previous version. Really pleased with my purchased.FROM £120.00
Homemaker by Susan I purchased the Amoena Essential 3S 363 breast forms. I have worn several other brands over the last 20 years, but these are the best. They have the same feel and weight as natural breast, I love the way they move with me, just the right amount of jiggle.Homemaker by Susan I purchased the Amoena Essential 3S 363 breast forms. I have worn several other brands over the last 20 years, but these are the best. They have the same feel and weight as natural breast, I love the way they move with me, just the right amount of jiggle.FROM £120.00
Very pleased by CC After losing a little weight my 3S Breast Form was looking too full. The 2S is perfect and the perfect weight, I always forget I'm wearing a breast form.MRS by M H VERY PLEASED WITH MY NEW BOOBS AND GREAT SERVICEFROM £140.00
produit idéal by PV Se glisse dans la poche du soutient gorge. Très légère, très douce, se lave facilement donc entretien pratique. Parfaite.FROM £120.00
Breast form by LW Very comfortable to wear, fits nicely into bra pocket. Looks and feels natural.Amoeba breast form by MH Really comfortable fit. My first breast form was Amoena - the same as this one - and lasted for 7 years. This is the reason I purchased the same one again. So natural looking.Everyday comfort by E E I have lymphoedema and I've had a double mastectomy. This breast form has been my favourite for some time now. Drapes naturally and the lighter weight makes it comfortable to wear all day.Everyday comfort by EE Delivered promptly. This breast form is so comfortable especially as I'm a bilateral with lymphoedema. The weight and fit are just perfect. A very happy customer.FROM £140.00
Beaucoup de légèreté by Annie CLEMENT Bonjour, J'ai acheté cette prothèse il y a deux mois. Et elle m'a changé la vie, car beaucoup plus légère que mon ancienne environ 360 gr de moins. J'en arrive à oublier que j'ai une prothèse ce qui ait appréciable.Natura Xtra Light 2SN Breast Form by FD I was getting shoulder pain with a normal weight breast form. This is definitely lighter. It is very wide but this does give wider spread than the normal breast form, and so sits more comfortablyComfortable fit by IS First fit, still using pocketed but so much better than kapok filled forms.FROM £150.00