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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: November 14, 2014
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