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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BREAST FORMS (post mastectomy):
What can I use the (mastectomy) breast forms for?
Our silicone breast forms are great for acting as either long term replacement breasts after breast removal surgery, or a short-term quick fix whilst waiting for breast reconstruction surgery.
Are they suitable for post-mastectomy surgery?
Yes. Whether you have had your breasts removed due to cancer or preventative/ prophylactic surgery like Angelina Jolie, our replacement breasts are great. They are very soft and realistic, just like a natural breast. They can be purchased as an individual breast or as a pair depending on the individual customer need. We also supply lightweight breast prostheses which are perfect for larger breasted women as they give the fuller size without the extra weight.
What breast shape should I choose?
We have several sorts of breast prosthesis available depending on your needs. The trianglular prosthesis is a great full breast shape which is versatile and will fit many types of surgery. The prostheses are symmetrical so they can eb worn on either side. We have these available in full silicone, or in lightweight silicone for a natural feel without the extra weight. Our tear drop breasts are another versatile type, which have an extended flap that can be positioned in several ways, most commonly with the point towards the underarm for any missing tissue from lymph gland removal. Again, the tear drop breasts are available in both traditional heavy silicone or the lightweight silicone variety. Our extended full breast is a great choice after a full/ radical mastectomy and lymph gland removal.
Can I swim when wearing my prosthetic breast?
Yes, they are completely waterproof and can just be dried with a towel after swimming. There is a large market for mastectomy swimwear, and the variety is increasing all the time. You’ll never be caught short without your favourite swimming costume anywhere again, as the breast forms we provide are ideal for putting into mastectomy swimwear.
Can I wear my normal bra with the breast forms?
The simple answer is yes, however mastectomy bras are better as they have a pocket sewn into the bra to conceal the false breast and stop it from moving around. Alternatively, if you have a ‘favourite’ bra that you would like to wear the breast forms in, that works well too. There are a couple of options for this. You can purchase Sew-In Bra Pockets to alter your normal bra so that the breast form is fully secured in place just like a mastectomy bra, ensuring you can still be sexy but importantly comfortable and secure. This option is better if you intend to be more active whilst wearing the breast forms. However, if you do not intend on dancing the night away, the false breasts will sit perfectly in place in your normal bra against your chest, just like a normal breast. Another useful item is a bra extender. If you have a bra that you love but the band size is just a little too tight, a bra extender can transform an uncomfortable fit into a perfect one.
Do they resemble normal breasts?
Yes, due to their super realistic colour, texture and perfectly formed shape, they will look just like normal breasts.
Won’t the breast forms feel weird?
Customers and patients who have worn them before, sometimes say that the prosthesis may be cold and heavy when you first put them in your bra, but this feeling usually goes away quickly as the temperature from your body heats them up and so they mould to your body and bra just like normal breast tissue would, leaving you feeling comfortable and sexy.
Do they stick on?
No. These breasts are made specifically for putting into bras and swimwear, in particular mastectomy clothing. If you are looking for stick on bras with padding or for a silicone stick on bra, please view are range here,www.undercover-glamour.com/strapless-bra/
Can I wash my breast forms?
Yes. We recommend that you do wash your realistic breast replacements to keep them clean. Hand-wash the breast forms with warm water and mild soap and then dry with a towel.
Will you be able to tell what I have ordered? For example, will it be sent in plain packaging so the postman won’t know?
Your breast forms will be shipped discreetly in a plain, unmarked box with no identifying labels.
Do many people wear prosthetic breasts?
The latest statistics show that in 2010, the number of women under 50 diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK had exceeded 10,000 for the first time, and sadly for many women this results in them having to have their breasts removed. But with advances in medicine and the prosthetics industry, there are more and more satisfying solutions, including the use of false breasts, implants and breast reconstruction surgery. The demand for these solutions is ever increasing, given that the survival rates are continuing to improve, and are now at an all-time high one year survival rate of 95.8%. So yes, more women are surviving from Breast Cancer and for longer too, and are therefore seeking out solutions to create their new perfect bust.
I want to exercise but I don’t want to be flat chested on one side/ asymmetrical, what can I do?
With around 1,700 cases of breast cancer in the UK each year being linked to physical inactivity, it has never been more important to get active (2). Whilst many women may feel self-conscious about exercising without a breast following a single mastectomy, there are many specially designed mastectomy sports bras that are ideally suited to Undercover Glamour’s prosthetic breasts. This means that women who have mastectomies can still get out and be active which is increasingly important in protecting their health.
Angelina Jolie had the breast cancer gene, is this common?
The estimated number of people who carry the mutation of the gene know as BRCA1 and BRCA2 in the general population is only 0.11% and 0.12% respectively (1). This means that only around 1 in 450 women carry a fault in one of these genes, so the chance is small, but if you are worried you can get your DNA tested privately.
I need a mastectomy but don’t know what to do?
If you need a mastectomy you can choose whether or not to have surgery on the NHS to rebuild the shape of the breast or instead, you could choose to wear a breast form that replaces the breast, wear padding inside your bra, or do nothing. All of these options have pros and cons. What is right for one woman may not be right for another.
If you decide to have breast reconstruction, it may be done at the same time as the mastectomy, or it may be done later on. There are a variety of reasons why you may need to wait, but if radiation therapy is part of the treatment plan, your doctor may suggest waiting until after radiation treatment as it can affect the outcomes of the treatment (3). Similarly, some women may not have enough breast tissue remaining after a mastectomy, so will need to wait for the tissue to heal before an implant or expander implant can be put in to prevent further complications.
1. Peto J, Collins N, Barfott R, et al. Prevalence of BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations in patients with early-onset breast cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst 1999; 91:943-9.
2. Maruti SS, Willett WC, Feskanich D, et al. A prospective study of age-specific physical activity and premenopausal breast cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst 2008; 100:728-37