The professionals at Stellar Orthotics & Prosthetics know that when women are facing the physical and emotional after effects of breast surgery, it can often times be overwhelming. They may not be feeling as confident about their femininity and their physical appearance. Stellar Orthotics & Prosthetics can help. One of the options available after a woman has a mastectomy is to be fitted with an external breast prosthesis. Stellar Orthotics & Prosthetics’ Certified Mastectomy Fitters are licensed professionals who are specially trained to fit a woman with a breast prosthesis and bra after breast surgery. Breast Prostheses are designed to replace missing breast tissue following mastectomies, partial mastectomies, or lumpectomies. Your doctor will tell you when you are ready to be fit. The chest wall has to be healed and the soreness decreased which may occur from six to eight weeks after surgery.
The benefits of a breast form are:
- Natural feel and weight of a breast
- Restored balance
- Feminine figure
- Psychological benefit – Improved self-confidence
There are two types of breast forms, weighted (silicone gel) and non-weighted (foam form), which come in different shapes and styles. You may wish to wear a lightweight form after surgery or during sports or leisure activities. A silicone form helps replace the weight lost after breast surgery. This replacement is not merely for cosmetic and psychological reasons but also for physical reasons. When a natural breast is removed, the body is unbalanced and will compensate with slight curving of the spine and “shoulder drop”. These conditions may lead to chronic lower back and neck pain.
Many different types of bras can be worn after breast surgery, depending on the extent of the surgery, figure type, and individual choice. Post mastectomy bras come in a wide variety of styles and sizes. Very similar to regular bras, they also have a number of added features for after breast surgery. A Stellar Orthotics & Prosthetics’ Certified Mastectomy Fitter will help a woman get properly fit for a bra and prosthesis, so that she will regain the confidence in her appearance. If you would like to learn more about what breast prosthetics could do for you, please give us a call today.