Breast prosthesis

What is a Prosthetic external silicone Breast?

A breast prosthesis, or a breast implant or form, is a synthetic breast-shaped device used to replace a natural breast that has been surgically removed or is absent. It is typically made of silicone gel or saline and is designed to closely resemble a natural breast’s shape, size, and weight.

Breast prostheses are typically used by women who have had a mastectomy or lumpectomy as part of their breast cancer treatment or who have a congenital condition resulting in the absence of one or both breasts.

Breast prostheses come in various shapes, sizes, and materials, including silicone gel, foam, and fiberfill. Some breast forms are designed to be attached directly to the skin using a unique adhesive, while others are designed to be placed inside a specially designed-pocket in a mastectomy bra.

Breast prostheses can help women feel more comfortable and confident with their appearance following breast surgery and can also help to improve body balance and posture.

What is a mastectomy?

Mastectomy involves removing one or both breasts to treat or prevent breast cancer or other medical conditions affecting the breast tissue. It is typically performed as part of a breast cancer treatment plan when the cancerous cells have spread to a significant breast area or as a preventative measure for individuals with a high risk of developing breast cancer.

There are different types of mastectomy, including:

  1. Total (simple) mastectomy removes the entire breast, including the nipple and areola.
  2. Modified radical mastectomy: removal of the entire breast and some of the lymph nodes under the arm.
  3. A radical mastectomy removes the entire breast, underlying chest muscle, and lymph nodes under the arm.

Mastectomy may be followed by breast reconstruction surgery, which involves rebuilding the breast using a breast implant or the patient’s tissue. The treatment plan may also recommend hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

What is a lumpectomy?

A lumpectomy is a surgical procedure in which a small, cancerous tumour and a margin of healthy tissue surrounding it are removed from the breast. It is also known as breast-conserving surgery or partial mastectomy. A lumpectomy is typically used to treat early-stage breast cancer, where cancer has not spread beyond the breast tissue.

During a lumpectomy, the surgeon removes the tumour and a small amount of healthy tissue around it to ensure that all the cancerous cells are removed. The surgery aims to remove the tumour while preserving the appearance and function of the breast as much as possible.

After a lumpectomy, the removed tissue is sent to a lab for examination to determine whether the margins are clear of cancer cells. Depending on the results, additional treatment such as radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or hormone therapy may be recommended to help destroy any remaining cancer cells.

Compared to a mastectomy, a lumpectomy is a less invasive procedure with a shorter recovery time. It may be a good option for women who want to preserve their breast tissue.

What you need to know;

After buying a breast prosthesis, there are a few things that the client can do to ensure that it fits well and is comfortable to wear:

  1. Get fitted by a professional: this can help the client select the right size and shape of the prosthesis and ensure that it works well and is comfortable to wear. They can also advise on how to wear and care for the prosthesis.
  2. Please choose the right bra: It is essential to wear a bra designed to hold the prosthesis in place and provide support. Mastectomy bras are designed with special pockets to hold the prosthesis securely.
  3. Clean and care for the prosthesis: The client should follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and maintenance. This may include hand-washing with a mild soap and allowing it to air-dry.
  4. Check the prosthesis regularly: The client should inspect it regularly for any signs of wear or damage and replace it as necessary. It is also essential to check the fit of the prosthesis periodically to ensure that it is still comfortable and properly positioned.
  5. Consider breast reconstruction: For some women, breast reconstruction surgery may be an option to restore the appearance and function of the breast. This can be done at the time of the mastectomy or later. The client should discuss this option with their healthcare provider to determine if it is appropriate for them.

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