Material used in prostheses

Temporary forms – tend to be made with foam, fibre-fill or fleece; these are usually worn in the first couple of weeks or months after surgery. Some women continue wearing a soft form at night-time.

Another option is to use the temporary soft form with a cotton cover called a knitted knocker, which often includes the shape of a nipple. To request a prosthesis, visit Knitted Knockers Australia.

Long term or permanent prostheses – made from medical grade silicone gel. The silicone is moulded into the natural shape of a woman’s breast or part of a breast. The front surface feels soft and smooth. The back surface that rests against the body varies depending on whether the prosthesis is designed to go into a bra pocket or attach directly to your skin. It can be firm and smooth, flat or hollow, have ridges that are soft and flexible, have adhesive spots, or be made of fabric.

Most permanent prostheses are weighted to feel similar to your remaining breast (if only one breast has been removed), but lightweight styles are also available. Some prostheses include a nipple outline, or you can buy a nipple that attaches to the form.

What is silicone?
Silicone is a non-toxic, synthetically-made substance that is heat-resistant and rubbery. It can be moulded into the shape of a natural breast. If a prosthesis tears or punctures, the silicone can’t be absorbed by the skin.

This information was last reviewed in June 2017
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