Life after a lumpectomy can be just as thrilling and satisfying, especially with custom partial breast forms that give you the look, feel, and comfort to be confident.
After a lumpectomy, you may initially feel self-conscious about your figure, especially if your breasts have a noticeably different appearance. Although further surgery is an option for some women who undergo lumpectomies, it is not always the best solution. In many cases, custom partial breast forms are a preferable solution, as you may not want breast implants or to have to experience another breast surgery.
Custom partial breast forms can significantly enhance your quality of life by giving you the same shape you had before the lumpectomy. From size to weight, there are several considerations you need to keep in mind as you select your preferred custom prosthesis.
Comfort is Key
First and foremost, your new prosthesis should make you feel natural and comfortable in any setting. A breast form that is not customized to your preferences and body type can be a source of irritation, particularly during periods of heavy activity. A custom partial breast form that moves naturally with your body will allow you to comfortably pursue all of the activities you enjoyed prior to your lumpectomy, including running, swimming, aerobics, and competitive sports.
Maintaining optimal comfort is not simply a matter of choosing the right custom breast prosthesis, but also caring for your prosthesis on a daily basis. Cleaning and maintaining your custom prosthesis is simple:
- Hand-wash it in cold water regularly with mild, skin-friendly soap.
- Rinse the form gently and towel dry it by blotting instead of rubbing the surface.
- Avoid leaving skin oils on a custom breast prosthesis that can deteriorate the outer layers.
Be sure to rinse your breast form in clean water after you swim in a pool or natural body of water to remove any salt, chlorine, and sediments that could damage your prosthesis.
Positive Body Image
Immediately after your lumpectomy, you may experience a change in your self-image. Many women feel as if they have lost an aspect of their femininity. A good first step to building confidence and a more positive self-image involves finding a custom partial breast form that looks and feels exactly how you want.
As experts at John Hopkins point out, the best breast forms make it difficult for other people to tell that you have undergone a lumpectomy. When you choose a custom partial breast prosthesis from ContourMed, a professional fitter will work with you to get the exact shape, size, weight, and color you want. Our 3-D scanning technology will take precise measurements for a custom breast prosthesis that fits securely to your chest wall. The form will have a similar feel and weight of an intact breast – helping you feel like yourself again.
Life after a lumpectomy does not have to be uncomfortable, inconvenient, or full of self-doubt. The right custom prosthesis will make you feel natural and feminine as you pursue all the activities you enjoy.
If you are interested in learning more about your options for custom partial breast forms, contact ContourMed today at 501-214-6080.