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Choosing a Prosthesis After Breast Cancer Surgery

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How soon can you wear a breast form?

  • There are soft, weightless forms that you can wear right after surgery while your scar heals.
  • Silicone breast forms typically aren't worn until the area has healed (usually 6 to 8 weeks after surgery).
  • You may need to wait even longer to wear a silicone form if you have radiation treatment after your surgery. Radiation can make wearing a silicone breast form uncomfortable, because your skin may be extra sensitive.

Where can you get a breast form?

You can find breast forms at most surgical supply stores and lingerie stores—and even the lingerie departments of some department stores. Breast forms can also be purchased over the Internet.

Most experts recommend getting the help of a trained fitter. When you go for a fitting, wear a close-fitting top so that you can really see how the breast form looks and moves.

Take a partner or good friend with you for a second opinion and support.

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Last Updated: June 28, 2013
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