She was then able to recommend a good bra that would help support my large, healthy breast while fitting the prosthetic comfortably. The shop directly billed my insurance company so I just had to pay my copay.
Later, I brought a non-mastectomy bra that I liked, and the seamstress sewed a pocket into the bra so I could wear it with my prosthetic.
Breast forms can also be made with an artificial nipple or a special shape, depending on a woman's preferences.
Andrea: After weighing the options with my breast surgeon and medical oncologist, I decided to only have a single mastectomy.
For Andrea Zinn, who was diagnosed with stage IIIB breast cancer in her right breast at age 32, the answer was wearing a breast prosthesis or artificial breast form. They can be made from several different types of materials, such as silicone gel, foam, or fiberfill, to create something that has a similar weight and feel to a natural breast.
Some breast forms adhere directly to the chest area, while others fit into special bra pockets that help hold the prosthesis in place.
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Bilateral prosthetic users might have more of an obstacle in transitioning to utilizing their types of prosthetic legs.
I remember going to a fitting with her after her surgery and seeing how comfortable she was with her prosthetic. It helped me decide not to pursue additional surgery.
Andrea: The process reminded me of being fitted for a bra.