A mastectomy can signal the beginning of a new chapter in your life. A custom breast prosthesis can help you start your post-mastectomy journey.
Whether you have recently found out that you will need a mastectomy or already undergone the procedure, the fact remains that this surgery can change your life in a variety of ways. Above all else, a mastectomy offers a vibrant lifestyle that is free from cancerous tissue. On the other hand, it may take some time for you to adjust to this dramatic change to your body. By practicing proper after-mastectomy care and exploring your options for a custom breast prosthesis, you can better prepare for a bright future.
Life After a Mastectomy
Every breast cancer survivor’s journey is unique. You may feel empowered as you join a close-knit community of women who have overcome cancer, but you might also struggle with a loss of confidence. An important part of after-mastectomy care is being able to discuss your feelings with your doctor, therapist, or another member of your support network. By sharing your experience, you can process what your life will be like after the surgery and receive comforting advice from those who care about you.
You will also want to discuss the lifestyle changes that follow a mastectomy with your doctor. According to UCSF Medical Center, you should avoid strenuous physical activity, household chores, driving, and work until your body has recovered from the procedure. Because every surgery is different, you will want to work with your physician to establish an after-mastectomy care timeline for when you can return to your regular, everyday activities. This timeline can also include fittings for custom breast forms.
Your Custom Breast Prosthesis Options
A custom breast prosthesis hugs the chest wall and mimics the appearance, shape, and feel of a real breast. You should avoid wearing a bra or prosthetic breast until your surgery site has healed. Patients are typically able to wear a loose-fitting bra after two to five weeks, according to Canada’s University Health Network, and you may be able to schedule your prosthesis fitting after three to six months.
You can choose from two options when selecting your post-mastectomy breast prosthesis: off-the-shelf and custom. Many women prefer custom-made breast prostheses because they are specifically fitted to their bodies, which helps to ensure a secure fit that is less likely to shift or slide during their everyday activities. Custom breast forms can also be made to match your personal preferences for the skin tone and feel of a breast, creating the most natural look possible.
Custom breast forms also allow you to pursue a fulfilling and active post-mastectomy lifestyle. For example, ContourMed’s custom breast forms are waterproof so you can swim without worrying as much about the slippage that can occur with off-the-shelf prosthetics. Because the breast prosthesis is designed to fit your body, you can also enjoy hobbies such as running or tennis with optimal comfort.
If you are planning your after-mastectomy care and considering a custom breast prosthesis, contact ContourMed today at 501-214-6080 to learn more about our full line of custom breast forms.