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Many women call and write to us asking for advice on which breast forms are recommended for their type of surgery. We hope the information here will be helpful.
Right after surgery, a very Lightweight (Featherweight) Form is recommended. Some are filled with fiberfill so that you can adjust the size, if needed, by removing some of the fiberfill until the form fits. These forms are also good to wear while sleeping.
Once your surgical site has healed, if you have had a single surgery (one side), you need to wear a weighted form in order to balance the weight of the remaining breast. Otherwise, your posture may be affected, which often causes back pain. You can wear either a weighted foam form or a silicone form.
After a double surgery, weighted forms are not necessary. You can wear unweighted foam forms, as well as adjustable fiber-filled forms, in any size you choose; it’s up to you. Or, you may opt for silicone forms, even though weight is no longer a consideration.
After partial mastectomy, lumpectomy or reconstruction, one may choose from special hollow-back forms in either foam or silicone. These forms are lighter-weight than regular forms because of the hollow back and are designed to supplement existing breast tissue. They should not be used after mastectomies.
Silicone forms look and feel more natural than non-silicone forms. They are the most popular type of form, but they are more expensive than foam forms. Like natural breast tissue, they mold to the chest wall to provide a secure fit, even if your surgical site is uneven or concave. They are made with or without nipples in both lighter and darker shades, as well as colorless, which blends with any skin color.
Aside from the price, silicone forms have some other disadvantages. They are much heavier than foam forms, especially in the larger sizes. This can put a strain on the shoulders, making the forms uncomfortable to wear. While some weight maybe be necessary after a single surgery to balance your other breast, too much weight can create problems. Also, even when worn in a pocketed bra, silicone forms can cause you to perspire, particularly in warm weather and during exercise.
Although there are some silicone forms that are about 30% lighter than the norm, they tend to feel less soft and natural than regular silicone forms. Silicone forms that stick to the body are also available. They will adhere for about five days. The forms can be worn with regular, unpocketed bras. But be warned, these forms cost a lot and they may irritate your skin. Ask your doctor if she/he recommends self-adhering forms for you, and whether your skin has healed well enough to make wearing them possible.
If you do decide to go with self-adhering forms, you can save money by using our Self-Adhesive Silicone Security Strips with your regular silicone form(s). The strips are reusable up to one hundred times and may be hand washed.
To solve the problems that silicone forms present, we have introduced the Comfort-Lite Form, which is unlike any form previously available. It's a unique three-layered prosthetic that combines silicone gel, polyurethane beads and a hypo-allergenic wick-away fabric backing. This triangular form is our most popular shape. It is ultra lightweight, yet soft and natural-looking. It can be worn in a regular bra and is an excellent choice if the weight and warmth of silicone is a problem for you. If you want a form with the naturalness of silicone that is 50% lighter than other silicone forms, this is the one to choose.
In selecting a form, you will also need to consider shape: Teardrop, Asymmetrical or Triangle. The Triangle, by far our most popular shape, fills in tissue on both sides, as well as on the top. Both the Teardrop and the Asymmetrical shapes extend further on one side, to fill in any tissue lost there. The Asymmetrical shape also extends slightly higher up on the top. The Triangular and Teardrop shapes can be worn on either side; the Asymmetrical must be ordered by left or right side.
Silicone forms are completely waterproof, but should not be used in a hot tub. They should be stored in the cover that comes with them and in the box in which they are sold.
If you decide to buy a Foam Form, you can choose between a contoured back, flat back and a built-up back, depending on how much tissue remains. A contoured back is the best choice if less tissue has been removed; a flat back provides more fill-in when more tissue has been removed; a built-up back is best for very extensive surgeries, where a great deal of chest tissue has been lost. Foam and silicone hollow-back shells and push-ups are also available and can be used after breast conserving surgery (like lumpectomy) to fill in lost tissue.
Our new Micro-Bead Form is an excellent lightweight, longer wearing, alternative to foam. 80% lighter than foam, it's made of thousands of tiny plastic beads that mold to your body for a very natural look and feel. It can even be worn in the water because, unlike foam, the beads will not absorb water. It is covered with a soft, hypo-allergenic, breathable material.This form is highly recommended for leisure wear after single surgeries and anytime after double surgeries (when balancing the weight of a remaining breast is not a consideration).
Another choice: we are now offering 7 of our most popular bras with a unique and affordable customization option. Our new Especially for You Bras with permanently sewn in lightweight breast forms make worrying about a prosthetic a thing of the past. Just specify the side or sides you'd like us to fill. We will customize the bra by sewing in a form filled with tiny, soft plastic beads that mold naturally to your body. No more worries about airport security, either. The beads are non-metallic and will not set off airport alarms. Best of all, no more struggling to fit a form in a bra pocket. Just put an Especially for You bra on and wear it!
After surgery, a fitting by a trained fitter is best, if possible. For those for whom this is impractical, many catalogs and online sites offer many choices. Be sure that there is no extra restocking charge for returns or exchanges, and that the time allowed for returns is realistic. Check also to see if silicone forms are covered by a 2- year manufacturer’s warranty for defects.
All TLC products can be returned for 60 days after receipt by the customer. We do not charge a restocking fee. Our silicone forms are covered by a 2-year manufacturer's warranty.
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How to Measure for a proper Fit
Did you know that a woman's bra size can fluctuate from year to year and sometimes even month to month? On average, you should measure yourself at least once a year but more frequently if you go up or down a size in your regular clothing. That's why it's important to know how to property measure yourself, so you can choose a comfortable bra with confidence; a bra that will look great an feel good!
Choosing a bra that gives you the comfort you need will be a breeze when you fllow these few simple steps, so let's get started!
There are two aspects to finding your correct bra size and they are band size and cups size. The band size is the size of the bra brand around the torso. The cup size is the circumference measured around the bust over the fullest part of the breast.
First you'll need a standard tape measure. You should be able to find one at your local sewing store or even at your local drug store. It's inexpensive and handy to have around. Second, you'll need to put a comfortable, well-fitting, non-padded bra.
Step 1 - Measure Your Band Size (Under Breast)
With your bra and starting at zero on the tape measure place it directly undermeath the breast where the bra band sits. Make sure that the measuring tap runs horizintally around the upper body and is at the same height in the front and the back. The measuring tap should provides 90% of your support. If it's not tight enough your bra band will be loose and will not be supportive enough. (You may want to enlist the help of a close friend to help, if you need help.)
Measure underearth the bust line from the center breastbone in the front all the way around.
Write down the nmber of inches. If that number is a fration, round it up to the next whole number.
Step 2 - Measure Your Cup Size (Over Breast)
Mext! You're going to measure your half-chest circumference. Make sure that the measuring tape runs horizontally around the upper body and is at the same height in the front and the back of the body. Starting at zero on the tape measure, position the tape measure at the center the spine in the back then loosely wrap the tape measure over the fullest part of your breast directly above the nipple.
Write down the munber of inches, then double that number. If that number is a fraction, round it up to the next whole number.
Step 3 - Calculate Your Cup Size
Numw, Subtract your brand size measurement from your cup size measurement and that will give you your cup size.
Cup size for a double mastectomy would be the same at that wom prior to surgery. If you want to go larger or smaller, select one size above or below your previous size.
Step 4 - Determine Your Bra Size
Finally, all you need to do is combine the cup size with your brand measure to determine your bra size. For example, 38B means you have a 38-inch band and a B cup.
How to know when Your Bra is a Good Fit
Now that you know how to determine your bra size here are a few helpful hints on how to know when your bra is a good fit:
Tip: Because cup size can fluctuate base on weight change, hormonal changes, bloting, or further surgery try to check your bra size from time to time. Also, try to measure on a day when your breast feels relatively normal. Many women buy a bra style that they love in two sizes - one size for regular days and a size up for days when they feel a little fuller, that way they can avoid the discomfort of having to squeeze themselves into a bra that's temporarily too small.
Now that we've got the technical stuff out of the way, let's move on to chooseing a wonderful new bra!
How To Find Your Correct Head Size.
(Customer can use a string if they don't have a tape measure to measure around the head and put it on a ruler.)
Our mastectomy bras restore your natural shape and will hold your breast form(s) securely in place. Helping you feel confident and always looking great!
Our Everyday Bras. The “tlc” Everyday Collection combines all the style and comfort you would expect from beautiful lingerie with smart design features that ensure all day comfort. Our most popular bras are the:
Amoena® Mara T-Shirt Bra
Lace Accent Pocketed Bra
Mastectomy Camisole Bra
Our Leisure Bras.Made of soft, breathable materials for all day comfort, and easy fastening for putting on and taking off. This style is ideal for wearing to bed or relaxing at home. Our Amoena® Collection has many styles of seamless, lightweight, and comfortable bras. Two of our customer favorites are the:
Amoena® Becky Bra
Amoena® Frances Bra
Our Customized Bras. Our Especially for You Bras are custom made just for you! Available in 7 of our best-selling styles. Just tell us which side(s) to fill! We use tiny lightweight beads that will mold naturally to your body so there’s no need for a breast form. With an Especially for You Bra, you can just put it on and go! Here is a list of 7 that we can tailor just for you:
Especially for You Bra
Especially for You Bra
Especially for You Bra
Buy enough to last. Depending on how often it’s worn and washed, the average bra can last between 6 months to a year before needing to be replaced. Consider investing in two or three styles, so you’ll have lots of choice throughout the year.
We offer an amazing collection of stylish, beautiful and affordable post mastectomy bras. With so many styles to choose from, it’ll be easy to find your new favorite bra in no time!