Post-Lumpectomy Breast Forms: Restore Your Natural Self and Feel

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Lumpectomy refers to the surgical removal of the tumor (the ‘lump’) and some of the normal tissue that surrounds it. It is less invasive, especially when compared to a full mastectomy. So, it is termed as a ‘breast conserving’ or ‘breast preservation’ surgery. It is also termed as biopsy, partial mastectomy, quadrantectomy or wedge resection. Technically it is partial mastectomy because only a part of the breast tissue is removed. The amount of breast tissue removed will vary depending on the size, location, and nature of the tumor. For instance, quadrantectomy means that almost a quarter of the breast is removed.

Lumpectomy is followed by radiation therapy so as to kill any cancer cells. Women in the early stages of breast cancer are considered good candidates for lumpectomy. However, it is not advisable under the following conditions:

  • Spread of cancer is wide
  • Pregnancy
  • Multiple cancers at different locations of the same breast
  • Prior lumpectomy with radiation therapy
  • Large and problematic tumors

Post-Lumpectomy – An Asymmetrical Body and Breast Forms

Post-lumpectomy, women are faced with an altered self-image which has a direct impact on their physical and mental health. This can make something as routine as wearing clothes an unattractive task. Following a partial mastectomy, women are left with an asymmetrical body which can cause spinal curvatures, muscular pain, and postural problems. It is here that wearing breast forms or prostheses can help.

A breast form simulates a natural breast and can be placed inside a pocketed bra or attached to the chest wall with adhesive strips. It resembles a natural breast closely in terms of weight, appearance, and texture. Therefore, a breast form helps:

  • Restore balance and symmetry of the chest and back, thereby maintaining spine alignment and avoiding any shoulder drop, back, neck and postural problems
  • Restore feminine body silhouette
  • Protect the chest and surgical scars
  • Keep the bra from shifting or riding up

There are different types of breast forms which include:

  • Silicone forms, worn externally
  • Non-silicone forms, made of foam or fiberfill, designed to be worn immediately after mastectomy, during workouts, and in hot weather conditions
  • Attachable breast forms which are fastened to the chest with adhesive strips
  • Soft camisoles with breast forms to be worn immediately after surgery during the healing period.

Breast forms are available in different shapes, sizes, and patterns. So, regain your hampered self-image by choosing the most appropriate breast form.

The Classique 517 Post Lumpectomy Silicone Breast Form, is made of medical silicone and is covered with a matte skin-like polyurethane film. Its symmetrical form allows it to be used on both the right and left sides. It is convenient to use and can be hand washed.

 Classique 517 Partial Post Lumpectomy Silicone Breast Form
 Trulife 533 Evenly You Triangle Partial Breast Form

The Trulife 533 Triangle Partial Breast Form, offers thin, overall coverage for women experiencing uneven breast appearance post lumpectomy. It has smooth and tapered edges which ensure a seamless profile under clothing. It has a silky-soft, matte skin finish. Since it is a symmetrical triangle it can be worn on both the left and right sides.

Post-Lumpectomy Vests

Following lumpectomy, lymphedema can affect the trunk and/or breast. This is because of the disruption of the lymphatic drainage pathways due to a partial or complete removal of the lymph nodes. As a result, there is swelling in the chest wall and breast on the same side. The swelling can be subtle or prominent and may or may not be accompanied by swelling in the arm.

To avoid worsening of the swelling, compression bandages, compression bras and vests are used. The compression bras and vests have minimal seams and wide straps to ensure adequate support to the trunk and breast tissues. They can even be customized to pocket breast forms.

The JoviPak Bilateral Vest has adjustable shoulder straps and wide adjustable Velcro closure to tighten to patient’s comfort level. It provides ultimate therapeutic benefits because of the outer layer of nylon/Spandex. It helps in addressing chest wall edema and fibrosis common to occur post lumpectomy.

JoviPak Bilateral or Unilateral Vest

Thus, for women who do not want to go in for breast reconstruction after a lumpectomy, it is advisable to opt for a breast form which best matches their needs. It is the best way to regain one’s feminine silhouette post lumpectomy. So, browse our store to choose the correct breast form. Check breast form sizing chart for the best fit.

A woman who has undergone lumpectomy can continue to feel and look beautiful and comfortable. Opting the correct breast prostheses, she can dress up her favorite style and lead an active life.


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