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FAQs

I have recently had breast surgery. What products will I need?

Depending on the type of surgery you’ve had, we offer several products. If you have a lumpectomy or portion of your breast removed, a silicone partial works great to smooth out and create more symmetry. If you have had a mastectomy, we carry post surgery camisoles for immediately after surgery. The post surgery camisoles have pouches for drains and special pockets to accommodate a light weight post surgery breast form. Once your doctor tells you are ready, you’ll be fitted for a breast prosthesis and mastectomy bra. Check out what to expect from your journey.

What products are there for lumpectomy & reconstruction patients?

A partial prosthesis is a natural feeling overlay that slips into the pocket of a mastectomy bra & corrects the asymmetry. They come in various sizes, shapes and thicknesses.

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a painful swelling that happens when your body’s lymphatic fluid is unable to circulate properly and builds up in you soft tissues instead. It usually occurs in an arm or leg.

How do I keep lymphedema in check?

Treat the symptoms as soon as possible. Along with swelling of the affected limb, the most common problems are pain, hardening of the skin and loss of mobility. If left untreated it can get worse and may cause permanent damage

Exercise can help – Ask your doctor to refer you to a program with trained physical therapist.

“MLD” massage is a method of treatment. It’s a special massage called manual lymph drainage, or MLD. This massage helps move the fluid out from where it is settled. The affected limb is then wrapped in bandages that are padded with foam or gauze.

Compression Sleeve. This garment can help drain the lymph fluid. It’s important to wear a compression garment when flying.

Scratches, cuts, and insect bites. Clean the affected area and apply an antibiotic ointment. If you notice redness or swelling, contact your doctor immediately. If getting a manicure bring your own supplies and ask them not to cut your cuticles.

Scratches, cuts, and insect bites. Clean the affected area and apply an antibiotic ointment. If you notice redness or swelling, contact your doctor immediately. If getting a manicure bring your own supplies and ask them not to cut your cuticles.

Avoid carrying heavy luggage, packages or shoulder bags. This puts stress on the affected limb and may cause additional pain.

Avoid extreme temperatures

Will my activities be restricted?

Wearing a breast form should not restrict you from enjoying any of the activities you enjoyed before surgery. If you are very active it may be more comfortable to wear a lighter weight form. If you enjoy swimming, we carry swim forms that fit into the pockets of the swim suits we carry. Be sure to wash the chlorine and salt water off your prosthesis after each use.

What is the importance of wearing my prosthesis?

The fitting of a breast prosthesis is not only for aesthetic appearances, it’s also a therapeutic measure that replaces the weight of the breast. When fitted with a breast prosthesis that matches is size to the remaining breast, the weight equilibrium of the body is kept in balance.

Have a question?

We know that a lot of these products are new to you, we are here to help! If you have any questions take a moment and reach out to us!