These three simple steps to getting fitted for a custom breast form will provide you with a functional, form-fitting prosthesis that allows you to engage in your regular physical activities with no hesitation.
Completing the recovery process for your mastectomy or lumpectomy is an exciting milestone that means it is time to prepare for a custom breast form fitting. A prosthesis that is designed to match your unique body type, skin color, and personal preferences can greatly enhance your self-image and well-being.
At ContourMed, we pride ourselves in creating beautiful, functional breast forms with an unprecedented level of accuracy. It is natural to feel nervous when planning your initial visit, but you can find comfort in the fact that our custom breast prosthesis fitting ensures the best possible fit in three simple steps.
1. Placing Markers on the Surgical Site
Getting fitted for a custom breast form begins with a Symmetry Scan™, which uses 3D scanning technology to accurately record your surgical site and the volume, slope, and drape of your intact breasts (if you had a unilateral mastectomy or lumpectomy). If you had a bi-lateral mastectomy, you will be able to choose your volume, slope and drape. This scan typically occurs three to six months after your surgery to allow any swelling to subside. Before the scan can begin, markers are placed on your body. These tiny dots are detected by our proprietary software to determine the most precise fit, and they will not cause you any discomfort.
2. Collecting Scans and Photographs
Once the necessary markers have been appropriately placed, you are ready to be scanned for your custom breast prosthesis fitting. We conduct two separate scans for the most detailed level of accuracy: one in your bra with a temporary prosthesis or fill material, and one without it to capture your surgical site. In addition to these scans, photos will be taken to ensure your form or forms will be symmetrical. These images are then securely transmitted to our fabrication facility, where your prosthesis will be created. This entire scanning process typically takes less than 45 minutes.
3. Discussing Your Unique Needs
Custom breast form fitting requires more than just scanning to determine the best prosthesis for you. In addition to the first two technical steps, you will be able to sit down with a certified mastectomy fitter for a personal consultation. During this discussion, you will offer your personal preferences for how your form should look and feel. You will also share insight into your level of physical activity, naming any hobbies you enjoy. The mastectomy fitter will take these details into consideration, fit you for a bra that will compliment your breast form, and answer any questions. Whether you desire a prosthesis that mimics the natural feel of a breast or something more conducive to an active lifestyle, we can create a breast form that meets your needs.
After getting fitted for a custom breast form, you will leave feeling confident that the end product will be a perfect fit for your body and your daily routine. The fabrication process begins shortly after your visit, and you can typically expect to receive your prosthesis in less than 45 days.
If you have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and would like to learn more about custom breast prosthesis fitting, 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.