A breast prosthesis is an artificial breast from, which helps give breasts a more natural shape after a mastectomy. Using a breast prosthesis is a very personal choice based on what makes you feel your best, there is no right or wrong decision.
There are a number of types of breast prostheses available:
- Temporary prosthesis: these are a soft and light form, which can either be pinned to the inside of clothes or worn inside a loose bra. Temporary prostheses are made of materials that do not irritate the surgical incision.
- Permanent prosthesis: these are made of silicone and are made to mimic a natural breast. Some may attach directly to the skin on the chest with a special kind of glue, while others are worn in a mastectomy bra. These can be heavy when worn for the first time but start to feel natural as time goes on. Fittings for a permanent prosthesis can be done 4-6 weeks after surgery to allow time for the surgical incision to heal.
- Partial prosthesis: a partial prosthesis give breasts a more fuller, even shape particularly if a lot of breast tissue was removed during surgery.
A great resource to get a better understanding of which type of prosthesis is the right fit for you are Nightingale Medical’s certified fitters. Book a free fitting appointment today to discuss options, ask any questions you might have and get fitted for a product that works for you.