For women diagnosed with breast cancer, it is an emotional, difficult journey. After lumpectomy or mastectomy, some women will choose breast reconstruction and some will not. For those who do not choose reconstruction, there are breast forms to simulate the breast shape and restore symmetry. There are several different kinds of breast forms, so you’ll want to be sure you look into the right one for you. Here’s an in-depth look at different types of breast prostheses from breastcancercare.org:
A full or standard prosthesis
This prosthesis has various backings designed to go straight against the chest wall where all breast tissue has been removed. It’s matched in size, shape and skin tone to your other breast. If you’ve had both breasts removed you can select the size you feel most comfortable with.
Partial or shaped prosthesis
A partial prosthesis is for women who have had only part of their breast removed. It’s worn inside a mastectomy bra and is shaped to fill out the breast outline. It’s made of the same silicone material as most full prostheses.
This is a type of partial prosthesis that may be used if your breasts are different in size from each other. A soft shell of silicone fits over your smaller breast so that it matches the larger one. This type of prosthesis can also be useful for women who have had breast reconstruction surgery where symmetry has not been achieved, or if an implant is in the process of being expanded.
- Symmetrical – Usually an oval or triangular shape that can be worn on either the left or right side.
- Teardrop – The teardrop shape is often more suitable for women whose breasts are fuller in the lower and outer area and less full above the nipple. These can also be worn on either the right or left side.
- Asymmetrical – These are generally more suitable for women who have had more extensive surgery as they have extensions to fit under the arm or upper chest wall. However, they can also be used by women who have not had extensive surgery. They are specifically designed for either the left or right side.
If you are in need of a breast prosthesis, we invite you to Pink Ribbons Boutique located on North White Station Road in Memphis. We offer breast forms from Amoena, TruLife, ABC, and Anita. We offer both the standard pocket prosthesis and the self-adhering ‘contact’ prosthesis. Our professionals can help fit you with a breast form designed to fit your needs. To learn more, contact us by filling out the form here or by calling 901-417-6060.