An external silicone breast prosthesis is a weighted prosthesis, made of silicone, which is designed to simulate natural breast tissue and breast shape. A breast prosthesis is an artificial breast form that replaces the shape of all or part of the breast that has been removed. Breast prostheses are designed to simulate natural breast tissue and breast shape. ’Prostheses’ is the word for more than one prosthesis.
The majority of breast prostheses stay in place by fitting into pocket sewn into the bra cup.
Most breast prostheses are made from soft silicone gel encased in a thin film. They’re moulded to resemble 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.
Many women who have had surgery for breast cancer and have not had reconstruction wear a breast prosthesis. However, it may also be useful for women whose breasts are naturally different from each other in size or shape, or who have had breast reconstruction that has not given an even match.
Breast prostheses are primarily fitted to create symmetry and resemble the existing breast shape, size and weight. This ensures that body image is restored- and results in clothes fitting well creating confidence, and that a women feel more “whole”.
Breast prostheses that are correctly fitted will also help your posture, prevent shoulder drop, and assist with your balance.