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

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