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Custom Breast Forms

Know your Choices…after Mastectomy, Lumpectomy and Reconstruction or for Breast Anomalies

A Viable Option to Breast Reconstruction

Achieving a symmetrical appearance after breast surgery can be challenging. A custom-made breast prosthesis may be the perfect solution. Molded to fit only your body, custom breast forms offer a personal fit and choices not available with standard off-the-shelf breast forms.

Custom breast forms are a non-surgical option to reconstructive surgery following a mastectomy. They fill the overwhelming desire of cancer survivors to create an anatomically accurate breast prosthesis that simulates the remaining breast and tissue as much as possible in color, contour and shape - including the nipple and areola.

Most women who have undergone reconstruction experience changes in their life (weight gain or loss, natural aging process, etc…) causing their reconstructed breast to no longer match their remaining breast. Partial custom forms can restore a symmetrical appearance.  Also, many women opt not to have the nipple and areola surgically reconstructed or tattooed on. Custom nipples and areolas can be made to match the color, size and shape of the remaining nipple and areola, complete with projection if desired.

Genetic or Post-surgery Breast Unevenness Can be Corrected

For women with uneven breast development due to genetic reasons or for those who have had reconstruction but are still experiencing some imbalance, custom partial breast forms will provide the symmetrical appearance that is desired. In addition, if a woman has any asymmetry of her breasts, she will have difficulty finding a bra that fits.  More importantly, she often has a negative self-image because of the unevenness and feels self-conscience about her appearance.  Frequently, she compromises her choice of clothing to hide the unevenness of her breasts. But, partial breast forms can solve that problem by helping fill in missing breast tissue. The forms fit inside any fashion bra, enabling women to wear, with confidence, the clothing styles they enjoy.

Your Contour.  Your Shape.  Your Profile…Restoring Self-Confidence

Custom forms restore natural symmetry. They are lightweight, cool, comfortable, natural-looking and do not require a pocketed bra. Women with active lifestyles greatly benefit by using a custom breast form.  But equally or more importantly, are the benefits to women who are full-breasted, suffering from osteoporosis or lymphedema, or are hard to fit because of the unevenness of their surgical site.

Custom breast forms are hand sculpted and colorized to match your remaining breast as closely as possible -- something that cannot be achieved by a standard breast form. There are over 25 colors to choose from to match the skin tone of the breast tissue, areola and nipple, including freckles and veins.

Regain a Sense of Wholeness without Surgery

Because the form was designed specifically for the each woman’s body, the fit is totally unique and the look is completely natural.  Custom breast forms feel comfortable and move with the body, even when active or exercising and allow for the continued wear of the same style bras, camisoles and work-out clothing that were worn prior to surgery.

Custom full and partial breast forms use innovative materials to replicate human skin as close as possible, providing a realistic look while mirroring the natural drape and movement of the woman’s intact breast. Now every woman can be who she wants to be and do what she wants to do without a second thought.

Custom Breast Prosthesis and the Fitting Process

Custom Breast Forms

Unique Solutions for Unique Women

Custom breast forms provide women with a personalized prosthesis to suit their distinct surgical site and lifestyle, which is exactly why many women choose them over other options.

Manufacturers offer a wide variety of custom breast forms that come in different shapes, sizes and tones. However, it is still possible that these pre-made forms may not be suitable for you. A standard retail breast form cannot address fitting complications posed by an uneven surgical site, especially with partial surgeries, or physical conditions like lymphedema in the chest wall. The best alternative in these situations is a custom breast prosthesis. 

According to Breastcancer.org, custom-made breast forms are “individually constructed and cast to match the natural contours and color of your body and your other breast. These are usually made from silicone or latex.” Since creating a custom breast form is a more involved process, they are more expensive, but medical coverage should still be available.

Because Surgical Sites Are Not Equal

No two surgical sites are alike, especially with patients who have undergone a mastectomy. How much tissue is left following a mastectomy or lumpectomy can greatly affect how a standard form contours to the body and its ability to match the remaining breast. Surgical sites vary widely on a case-by-case basis, making the decision to get custom breast forms a very popular yet personal one among women, many of whom have surgical sites that are not easily accommodated by an off-the-shelf form, or those experiencing failed reconstructions. Sometimes, a surgical site can be sensitive to the touch—in this case, a form that is not specially fitted to the area can cause irritation and discomfort.

According to ContourMed, “besides the benefit of a symmetrical appearance, a custom form also offers contouring of the chest wall that fits more like a puzzle piece unique to your body. This makes it very resistant to slippage during everyday activities. It actually fits the chest wall so well that the need for a pocketed bra is no longer required.” A custom breast form is unique because it is specifically crafted to suit you, your body and your needs.

According to American Breast Care, the following steps detail the process of getting fitted for a custom breast form:

What to Expect at the Fitting Appointment
Pre-Scanning Consultation 

“Your fitter will discuss the benefits of a custom breast prosthesis to help you decide if it’s right for you.

During your pre-scanning consultation, your fitter will present and review a set of realistic expectations, show you color options, discuss payment options, and explain the scanning process. This will help you better understand the entire process and ensure that your expectations will be met with your new form.

If you and your fitter decide a custom breast prosthesis is right for you, she will check the fit of your bra and breast form. She will look for specific bra and breast form fit characteristics to ensure your prosthesis will fit like a puzzle piece to your unique chest wall contours, and review color and nipple/areola options with you.

Once fully assessed and scanned, your fitter may want to keep the bra she fit you with until the date of your personal scan session.

Personal Scan Session

On the day of your personal scan session, wear a separate top and bottom. Your fitter will begin the session by fitting you in the bra in which you were fit during your pre-scanning consultation. She will also review the scan process and provide you with some simple instructions.

Next, she will apply a series of removable stickers to your torso and bra. She will then take a series of reference pictures and then scan your chest with a bra on, and off, using a state-of-the-art, iPad-based, 3D scanner. That’s it!

After your personal scan session, your scan files will be transmitted to the development team and the breast form designers will then use CAD-based, reverse engineering to create a custom breast prosthesis with accuracy and detail to your fit and color specifications.

Personal Fitting

Your fitter will contact you to set up a personal fitting appointment when she receives your custom breast prosthesis. She will fit the form against your chest wall, hugging the unique contours of your body. The consultant will also present and review the care instructions and warranty with you.

Your consultant will initially fit your prosthesis in the bra in which you were scanned. Moving forward, feel free to try different bras. You may find many different bra styles complement your new custom breast prosthesis!”

Comfort, Increased Feeling of Self-Esteem and Empowerment

Your journey to a fuller life begins with comfort and confidence. You are already beautiful, but sometimes the surgery following a breast cancer diagnosis can make you forget that. So it’s important to do whatever it takes to let you feel like you again. A custom breast form is lightweight and non-irritating to sensitive surgical sites. It also replicates the natural breast in color, contour and shape. This will give you the confidence and security you may need to get out there and live your life to the fullest. A custom breast form can help empower you to be you again!