What is a breast prostheses?

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.

How does the breast prostheses stay in place?

Breast prostheses are held in place by special pockets inside a mastectomy bra. The pockets are made from soft breathable material ensure that the prostheses is comfortable when worn.

Is there different types of breast prostheses?

Yes there is. Different designs are available to mimic your natural breast tissue. Some are also designed for specific activities or requirements. Partial breast forms, sport, age and weight specific forms/ prosthesis are available.

Do you have different skin colour breast prosthesis?

Yes we do have. We offer 3 broad colours being caucasian, asian colour and brown. 

Can I swim with a breast prosthesis?

Yes you can swim in most breast prostheses – but ask your fitter about your specific prostheses. The breast prosthesis that you are fitted with, will be able to be submerged in water. It is recommended that you wash your prostheses with fresh water immediately after swimming. 

If you will be swimming or spending a lot of time in the pool we recommend getting a Swim Form that is designed for swimming – Swim breast prostheses/forms are designed not to float and to drain water thus ensuring that it stays hugged against your chest wall and in place during swimming

Are the breast prostheses and bra’s kept in stock or will the need to be ordered?

We keep two styles of prosthesis is stock. The fitter together with yourself will fit a variety of designs and style to determine what best suits your body and create optimal symmetry as well as making you feel comfortable. Should this not be one of the styles that we stock it will need to be ordered in. This normally takes 2-3 weeks.

How do I clean and take care of my breast prosthesis?

Hand wash your breast form/prosthesis with a mild soap that is safe for the skin at least once a week. Rinse thoroughly and towel dry. 

Store all silicone forms in the box and cradle that came with the form. Foam forms are also to be hand washed in mild soap and water

Do not leave your breast forms in the sun to dry or exposed to heat higher than 45 degrees.

How long does the products take to come if they need to be ordered?

This depends on the breast prosthesis or bra required – and can take anything from 2 days (if there is stock in South Africa) to 6 weeks. The majority of products take around 3-4 weeks.

What can I do with my old prosthesis and/or bra’s?

Previously loved prostheses and mastectomy bra’s can be donated at any of The M Store practices – we will put this on our national databasis and distribute to women that are in need of mastectomy bra’s and breast prostheses. We work closely together with a number NGO’s, like Reach for Recovery in assisting women in need.

How soon after my mastectomy can I wear a breast prostheses? 

This will depend upon each women medical condition, the post-operative healing process, the type of mastectomy that was performed and oncology treatment. 

This said, the earlier the better. Much research have been done on early prosthetic fitting with regards to limb loss. All the results point to improved and quicker acceptance, improved healing and decrease in depression post procedure. We are of the opinion that same applies for mastectomies.

We encourage women to especially be fitted with a post surgery mastectomy bra and or camisole as quick as possibly after their mastectomy. Special light weight breast forms can be worn immediately after surgery. These light weight breast forms are often referred to as recovery prostheses or “Softee’s”. They add to the shape to complete your silhouette initially.

We recommend that the quicker you start wearing a breast prostheses the quicker your journey to excepting your new body begins and the quicker overall healing takes place. The short answer is therefor – as soon as you are ready, come in to see us.

How much does a breast prostheses cost?

The average cost of a prostheses is R3200. Breast prostheses start at R 2050 and can cost up to R 13 500 for a custom made prostheses. 

There a 16 different style and shape breast prostheses that the M Store stock or provide. The large variety is to ensure we find the breast prostheses fits a women’s body type perfectly

For CANSA patients that are not on medical aid we are offering a combination of our pure cotton bra and Tri Prostheses for R 2100