How Does a Post Mastectomy Fitting Work?

Post mastectomy fitting is usually done 6-8 weeks after breast cancer surgery. At this time the incision at the surgical wound should have healed, and the surrounding muscle tissue will have recovered well enough to hold the weight of a prosthesis. Post mastectomy fitting is a valuable process for women that have had breast cancer surgery, but is also essential for women that have had breast conserving surgery. Whether a woman has partial tissue in one breast after a single mastectomy or no breast tissue on either breast following a double mastectomy, a qualified fitter of breast forms and post mastectomy lingerie can restore symmetry and body confidence. Prostheses vary from asymmetrical single sided breast forms, to partial prosthesis and double prostheses, with a huge range of sizes and shapes available.

First and foremost in the post mastectomy fitting, the process offer complete privacy and sensitivity. Initially, the fitter will assess the condition of the skin at the breast cancer surgery site. It is essential that the incision has healed, and that there is no drainage or open wounds. If this is the case, the fitter will require permission from the surgeon prior to proceeding.

Following the initial inspection, the fitter needs to determine the wearer’s appropriate bra size. Some breast cancer survivors choose to bring from home some old bras to aid in this assessment. During this part of the post mastectomy fitting, the fitter will take various measurements at strategic points around the rib cage and on the chest wall. It is strongly recommended that post mastectomy lingerie is used with breast forms and prostheses, although it is not mandatory. The fit determines how comfortable the prosthesis is, as well as how natural it looks.

A breast form will be recommended based on the shape and drape of the existing breast tissue, or the most flattering shape on the breast cancer survivor in the case of a double mastectomy. Prostheses can be teardrop, triangle, heart shaped or more, some are symmetrical and others are asymmetrical and side specific. At this point in the post mastectomy fitting the fitter will drape some fabric on the breast cancer survivor and show the patient what she looks like with the chosen product. Adjustments can be made until the breast cancer survivor feels comfortable and is satisfied with the outcome of the post mastectomy fitting.

Shop 90, St Ives Shopping Village
166 Mona Vale Road
St Ives NSW 2075
+61 (0) 2 9988 3650
Shop L132A (Level 1), Chatswood Chase Shopping Centre
345 Victoria Road
Chatswood Chase NSW 2067
+61 (0) 2 9419 3210

Breast Forms and Prostheses

For many cancer survivors post mastectomy, the decision between prosthesis and reconstruction is a difficult one. While some choose surgery, many women opt for a prosthesis for myriad reasons; concern over the surgery or not meeting surgeon requirements for reconstruction, health issues, or anticipated problems during the recovery are just a few. Some women simply prefer not to undertake reconstruction procedures as a matter of choice. Breast Forms, or prostheses, are an essential part of breast cancer recovery for many women that haven’t yet or have chosen not to have a reconstruction. This is a decision best made with a patient’s oncologist and plastic surgeon. Many surgeons recommend visiting a qualified fitter, like the fitters at Elleran, prior to surgery to aid in making and feeling comfortable with their choice.

Prostheses are usually fitted 6-8 weeks after surgery to ensure maximum comfort and recovery of the patient. A good breast form that is well fitted by a professional shouldn’t feel too different to the wearer than their own breasts, though it may take time to acclimatise to a new body shape post mastectomy. The experience of fitting a prosthesis is fairly similar to being fitted for a bra, albeit it can be a more comprehensive process.

A good breast form fitter will recommend a prosthesis that will support a survivor’s body. For some women, there may be some tissue remaining of the breast and only a partial breast form is required post mastectomy. For others, there may be very little breast tissue remaining. Some women have a double mastectomy and require two breast forms, others have only the tissue of one breast removed. In this case, it is essential that the prosthesis fitted is well matched to the healthy breast. Elleran qualified fitters first note the shape and drape of an existing breast for women that have had a single mastectomy. For those that have had a double mastectomy, the fitter will make suggestions for a prosthesis that is flattering to the survivor’s shape.

Breast forms come in a large range of sizes and shapes, so despite the infinite variety of patient body types, in most cases it is possible to find one that achieves balance and symmetry with the remaining breast. Ideally, the fit of a prosthesis should be so comfortable that its wearer can forget she is wearing a breast form with post mastectomy lingerie, and feel confident and relaxed in her new shape. Elleran also offers an extensive range of bras that have prosthesis pouches, along with other features that make a post mastectomy fit more comfortable and durable.

Shop 90, St Ives Shopping Village
166 Mona Vale Road
St Ives NSW 2075
+61 (0) 2 9988 3650
Shop L132A (Level 1), Chatswood Chase Shopping Centre
345 Victoria Road
Chatswood Chase NSW 2067
+61 (0) 2 9419 3210

Amoena Bras and Breast Forms

Amoena was founded in 1975 by Cornelius Rechenberg, and is the first company to introduce revolutionary breast form innovations for breast cancer survivors. As industry leader, the company combines technology with luxurious comfort, offering an extensive range of bras, swimwear and breast symmetry products. The product lines match the needs of every woman and in particular, every breast cancer survivor post masectomy.

With a focus on innovation and product design, Cornelius continued to research ways to update the manufacturing process in order to create a form that felt more natural. Since its inception, Amoena has been dedicated to a woman’s overall wellness post mastectomy surgery, with a view to being a companion on their journey through breast cancer survival. Cornelius was the first in the industry to design breast forms using silicone and in 1984 he introduced a 2-layer breast form with a firm silicone ‘ring’ on the underside which stabilises the form within the bra, creating a new shape that more accurately reflects the anatomy of a woman’s breast.

Because of the continued commitment to producing a more natural feeling breast form, Amoena’s world-leading innovation has resulted in a long history of patented materials, products and manufacturing methods. All Amoena post mastectomy bras have the same texture, look and feel of a breast.

Amoena pocketed bras, breast forms and partial shapers are able to combine fashion fit and comfort that support a woman’s lifestyle post mastectomy. Close physical contact will not divulge the breast form beneath your lingerie, and the shape and contour of the bra restores natural shape. Breast forms are held securely, helping survivors feel confident about the way they look and feel. As surgery techniques for breast cancer and reconstruction evolve, women are able to demand more from their breast forms and breast form fitted bras.

Manufacturing is not the only way Amoena supports breast cancer survivors post mastectomy. Designing with intentional care, supporting relevant breast cancer charities and a strong and responsive social media presence, the brand endeavours to be a lifelong companion. Pushing the limits of scientific discovery, Amoena conducts extensive wear tests to ensure customer comfort, ease of use and suitability to different surgery types and lifestyles. The company also undertakes to be a responsible environmental steward across the wider market place, reducing its carbon footprint on a global level and working for others to do the same across their industry.

Shop 90, St Ives Shopping Village
166 Mona Vale Road
St Ives NSW 2075
+61 (0) 2 9988 3650
Shop L132A (Level 1), Chatswood Chase Shopping Centre
345 Victoria Road
Chatswood Chase NSW 2067
+61 (0) 2 9419 3210

Anita Post Breast Cancer Bras

As a 100% family owned company, Anita has invested in and fully owns its many production sites. These sites are operated under strict regulation, ensuring quality standards are always exceeded, and that staff are working under excellent conditions. Further, materials are sourced from quality European suppliers with whom the company has cultivated strong long term relationships.

The brand is one of the most popular at our Chatswood and St Ives stores. As part of Elleran’s commitment to post breast cancer lingerie fitting, we also stock Anita’s breast prosthesis and post surgery bras. The range is highly functional and of exceptional quality, designed using soft fabrics to ensure maximum comfort and meet customer needs following their surgery.

As confidence is key in the recovery period, Anita bras feature a specific post surgery design including a higher cut and an elastic neckline in order to securely contain the breast prothesis post breast cancer treatment. All post surgery bras are equipped with breast form pockets made of a soft cotton fabric which feels natural and gentle on the skin. They are also designed to include a deeper underarm area in order to conceal any scars and allow for a comfortable lie on the skin.

In order to carry some of the weight of the prosthesis, Anita post breast cancer lingerie includes larger, padded straps. The wide ergonomically fitting underbustband encourages free movement and the centre of the mastectomy bra sits deeper on the body to ensure adequate separation of the breast and breast form or prosthesis.

The design and form of Anita post breast cancer bras reflect a deep commitment to quality and attention to detail. With a wealth of experience and made from luxurious fabrics and materials, the design team at Anita must  successfully balance function and form, colour and style, bands and edging and beauty and comfort.

Following a challenging period in a woman’s life, the simple act of fitting lingerie to a new body shape can be overwhelming. Many women may take some time to adjust to their post breast cancer body; finding an attentive fitter that fits a quality mastectomy bra and prosthesis can be one of the first positive steps towards a full recovery of the mind, body and spirit. For this reason, the qualified fitters at Elleren are proud to offer Anita post breast cancer bras and breast forms to our post surgery clients.

Shop 90, St Ives Shopping Village
166 Mona Vale Road
St Ives NSW 2075
+61 (0) 2 9988 3650
Shop L132A (Level 1), Chatswood Chase Shopping Centre
345 Victoria Road
Chatswood Chase NSW 2067
+61 (0) 2 9419 3210

Post Breast Cancer Lingerie Fitting at Elleren

The prognosis for breast cancer patients is continually improving, but for survivors the post breast cancer period presents new challenges. Breast reconstruction and recovery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, prostheses and special fitting requirements are just some of the obstacles for survivors to overcome. Elleren Lingerie is the first fitter on the North Shore, Sydney to have expertise in post breast cancer and mastectomy fitting.

 

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