Prostheses: artificial breast forms

For the first 4 to 6 weeks after surgery, the chest can be sensitive. During these weeks women who have not had breast reconstruction are given a light fabric-covered prosthesis (artificial breast form) known as a ‘softie’ or a ‘cumfie’. After this when the scar area has healed, women are fitted for a permanent prosthesis made of silicone, which can be put inside the bra.

The silicone prostheses are made from soft silicone gel encased in a thin film, moulded to form the natural shape of a woman’s breast, or part of a breast. The outer surface feels soft and smooth, and may include a nipple outline. The surface that rests against the skin varies, and women can choose one that feels most comfortable for them. More information can be found at Breast Cancer Care.

Two women described being given a prosthesis after the operation and how they managed with this.

Describes her experience of choosing a prosthesis and her surprise at the quality.

Age at interview 56

Gender Female

Age at diagnosis 55

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Discusses her experience of prostheses as a Patient and Fitter.

Age at interview 49

Gender Female

Age at diagnosis 30

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