FAQ

Q1. What is a breast form?
Q2. What are the materials used in most breast forms?
Q3. Why should I wear a silicone weighted breast form?
Q4. How soon can I be fitted for a prosthetic breast form after breast surgery?
Q5. Are there different styles of breast forms?
Q6. Can people tell I am wearing a breast form?
Q7. How do I determine my Bra Size?
Q8. How do I determine my Cup Size?
Q9. How do I care for my breast form and how long will it last?
Q10. Are there lighter weight breast forms?
Q11. Can I wear a silicone breast form while swimming?
Q12. Why should I go to a professional fitter?
Q13. If I am very small breasted or had partial surgery such as a lumpectomy, do I still need a weighted breast prosthesis?


Q1. What is a breast form? back to top

A1. A breast form is a prosthesis worn either inside a bra or attached to the body to simulate the weight, bounce, feel, movement, and especially shape of the natural female breast. Depending on the material or shape used, these qualities can be achieved to different degrees. Modern silicone breast forms are designed by computers and can even be attached to the chest. Attachable breast forms can be worn with strapless dresses and lingerie.




Q2. What are the materials used in most breast forms? back to top

A2. The predominant material used in the more expensive breast forms is silicone gel inside a very thin, slick plastic shell with tapered edges. Other materials such as foam (Can-Care immediate post-op form) and fiber are also used, especially for immediate post-mastectomy breast forms. Only silicone breast forms can give the weight, feel, and movement like a natural breast. Silicone can also be colored to match skin color and can warm to body temperature, which makes it very comfortable to wear. Medical-grade silicone is however more expensive than any other materials, but definitely worth it's cost.




Q3. Why should I wear a silicone weighted breast form? back to top

A3. A properly fitted weighted breast prosthesis helps replace the weight lost after breast surgery. This replacement is not merely for cosmetic but for physical reasons as well. Weighted silicone breast forms are designed to resemble the natural breast in terms of weight, appearance and texture. When a natural breast is removed the body is no longer in balance and will compensate with slight curving of the spine and "shoulder drop." Both conditions may lead to chronic lower back and neck pain. It is very important to wear a weighted breast form because it will restore the body’s natural balance and help prevent the development of spinal curvature, neck and back pain and shoulder droop. Psychologically, wearing a breast form also helps restore a woman’s self –confidence and can improve the quality of life after breast surgery.




Q4. How soon can I be fitted for a prosthetic breast form after breast surgery? back to top

A4. Soon after surgery, a woman can be fitted with a temporary foam or fiber-filled breast form, usually while she is still in hospital. A temporary breast form restores shape, but is lightweight and will not cause irritation to sensitive skin tissue. Six to eight weeks after surgery, a woman can generally be fitted with a permanent weighted silicone breast form, which more closely meets her long-term requirements.




Q5. Are there different styles of breast forms? back to top

A5. Breast forms come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You can choose from triangle, tear drop shaped, or asymmetrical. Symmetrical can be turned to fit either side of the body. Asymmetrical fits only the right or left side. Can-Care’s professional fitters will measure you and allow you to try on several different types before you decide which one looks and feels best.




Q6. Can people tell I am wearing a breast form? back to top

A6. Silicone breast forms move very much like a natural breast and adapt to the natural temperature of the body. With a properly shaped, sized and fitted breast form, no one should be able to tell you are wearing it. The type of bra and clothing worn can affect "being read" to some degree, of course, but today's breast forms are remarkably realistic and can be matched fairly closely to many people's skin tone and natural breast shape.




Q7. How do I determine my Bra Size? back to top

A7.
Measure lightly around the body directly underneath the breast. Add 4 or 5 inches to determine the bra size.
Obtain measurement around the chest at the fullest part of the bust-line (nipple). Difference between measurement taken from the fullest part & bra size determines the cup size
If the body's circumference measures 40 inches or more, add 1-2 inches to get even number. The larger the measurement, the fewer additional inches need to be added.

This number is the bra band size.




Q8. How do I determine my Cup Size? back to top

A8. The difference between the measurement taken from the fullest part and bra size determines the cup size (See Chart Below).

Bra Cup size
Difference Cup Size
Zero/Half inch AA cup
One inch A cup
Two inches B cup
Three inches C cup
Four inches D cup
Five inches DD or E cup
Six inches F cup




Q9. How do I care for my breast form and how long will it last? back to top

A9. Treated carefully, a breast form is very durable. Care should be taken with sharp objects to prevent the outer film of the breast form from being punctured or damaged. A breast form should be cleaned with warm water and mild soap, and dried gently after use. When not in use, the breast form should be stored in its cradle in the box it came in, to help maintain the shape of the form and prevent accidental damage.

There is a two-year guarantee on Can-Care and American Breast forms.




Q10. Are there lighter weight breast forms? back to top

A10. Yes - breast forms are now available 30% - 50% lighter in weight to accommodate a variety of needs. Our Cancare and ABC lightweight & ultra-light range of breast forms are lighter in weight to accommodate your individual needs. Can-Care professional fitters will measure & allow you to try on several different shapes, sizes and weights before you decide which breast form meets your needs.




Q11. Can I wear a silicone breast form while swimming? back to top

A11. Silicone breast forms will normally not be damaged by chlorine or salt water and can be worn in the swimming pool, ocean or Jacuzzi. After use the silicone breast form should be cleaned and dried gently.




Q12. Why should I go to a professional fitter? back to top

A12. Every woman is different. There are hundreds of sizes, styles and shapes of breast forms that have been created to match a woman's remaining natural breast. Can-Care’s certified professional fitters are trained to measure and select the appropriate prosthesis for each individual woman.




Q13. If I am very small breasted or had partial surgery such as a lumpectomy, do I still need a weighted breast prosthesis? back to top

A13. Yes. Even if you are small breasted or had a partial surgery, you should still replace the weight. You will also need the weight to help hold your bra in place around the rib cage. A light non-weighted form adds shaping in a bra but may slip up during certain movements.





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