Prepare for the recovery process with this guide to breast cancer prosethetics.
If you are in the first steps of understanding your breast cancer diagnosis and considering your treatment options, you may be asking yourself, “What happens next?” You owe it to yourself to feel comfortable in your own skin, and breast cancer prosthetics may be the answer for you after a mastectomy or lumpectomy. This guide to breast cancer prosethetics may give you some peace of mind as you learn about all the options that lay ahead in your journey.
Prosthetics as an Alternative to Reconstruction
For advanced stages of breast cancer, most doctors will recommend a lumpectomy or mastectomy coupled with chemotherapy, which is most often followed by reconstructive breast surgery. For many women, reconstruction is not an option after a mastectomy, as you may not want to undergo another surgical procedure, or your type of cancer and general health may rule you out as a candidate. You also have to take into consideration that there is a possibility that reconstructive surgery will not produce the symmetrical results you expect.
For some women, feeling more confident and comfortable after going through breast cancer treatment means having their natural feminine shape back. Prosthetics can balance your look without invasive surgery, and you can test different shapes and styles to find the right fit for you. You can put a prosthesis underneath your bra or your bathing suit easily, creating the more natural breast shape and appearance you have had all your life.
How a Prosthesis Works
While a few varieties of prosthetic breast forms are available off-the-shelf, custom breast forms are the best type of prosthesis for women who value comfort, convenience, and confidence as important factors in their recovery. If you undergo a single mastectomy, your remaining natural breast can serve as a model for how your custom breast form will look and feel. If you are preparing to undergo a double mastectomy, you can get two custom breast forms designed and fabricated specifically to your preferences and body shape. If you have a lumpectomy, or partial removal of your breast tissue, you can have a custom breast form created so you can fill out your shape.
Custom breast forms can be fitted precisely to your surgical site and crafted to closely match the slope and drape of your intact breast or preferences. If you are looking to add more volume or prefer light weight or more lifelike weight to your breast prosthesis, you have a variety of options with custom breast forms. The close fit and natural movement allows you to resume exercising and other physical activities with confidence. The waterproof material means you don’t have to think twice about going swimming.
A Precise Fit With Your Preferences
Using state-of-the-art scanning technology, a digital representation is created, along with all of your preferences and measurements, so that a custom breast form can be fabricated just for your and your unique needs and expectations. In short, you get the look and feel you want that helps you get back to enjoying life on your terms. After making the decision to choose custom breast forms, you will feel as though your prosthesis gives you the confidence you need to get back to the activities you love.
If you have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and would like to learn more about breast cancer prosthetics, contact ContourMed today at 501-214-6080. Our product lines offer a variety of options for custom breast forms that fit your needs and preferences.