Types of prostheses

As every woman’s body is different, there are a wide variety of prostheses available: 

  • shapes (triangles, circles or teardrops)
  • cup sizes (shallow, average or full)
  • skin colours
  • partial breast forms (triangles, ovals, curves and shells) for women who have had breast-conserving surgery and want to regain breast symmetry
  • different amounts or layers of silicone to allow women to match the breast form to the structure and movement of their remaining breast
  • symmetrical prostheses are even on both sides and can be worn on either the left or right side of the body
  • asymmetric forms are designed specifically for the right or left side.

The type of prosthesis you can wear will depend on the amount and location of tissue removed during surgery. You should be able to find one that is close to your original breast shape and suits your lifestyle. Your fitter will be able to guide you through the range of prostheses that are suitable for you.

       — Jan


Different breast prostheses and their features

  Soft breast form
  Soft breast form
When used Immediately after surgery; leisure time or sleeping
How used Worn in a pocketed bra
Material Polyester front cover and cotton back cover
Weight Lightweight
Special features Breathable cotton back layer with temperature-regulating technology 
Other
considerations
Not a suitable substitute for a weighted silicone breast that provides body with balance

 

  Three-layer breast form
  Three layer breast form
When used Everyday use
How used Worn in a pocketed bra
Material Three layers of silicone to help form drape and move more realistically depending on the type of breast it is matching – for example a younger breast, an older breast or a smaller breast
Weight Regular weighted silicone
Special features May include temperature-regulating technology
Other considerations Symmetrical shape – can be worn on either the left or right side

 

  Partial breast form
  Partial breast form
When used After breast-conserving surgery or if
breast changes shape after radiotherapy
How used Can be worn in the bra cup
Material Two layers of silicone
Weight Regular weighted silicone 
Special features Extra soft silicone, covered with a thin film to cling gently to the breast with temperature-regulating technology
Other considerations Available in a variety of shapes and
sizes to replace the missing breast
tissue and to achieve symmetry

 

  Lightweight breast form
  Lightweight breast form
When used Everyday use
How used Worn in a pocketed bra
Material Ultra lightweight silicone; slightly firmer lightweight silicone in the back layer helps keep the form in place when worn in a bra pocket
Weight 40% less than a standard silicone form of the same shape and size
Special
features
Back layer includes temperature-regulating material to reduce perspiration
Other
considerations
Designed to drape like a natural breast so that it moves with the body and flattens when a woman lies down

 

  Attachable or contact breast form
  Attachable or contact breast form
When used Everyday use
How used Attachable; adheres to the chest wall
Material Standard silicone layer with super soft film
Weight Lightweight
Special
features
Designed with a lowercut inside edge to accommodate surgery that conserves a small
area of cleavage
Other
considerations
Follows body movements naturally; ideal for wearing with figure-hugging clothes

 

  Swim breast form
  swim breast form
When used Swimming
How used Worn in pocket of swimsuit
Material Clear, water-resistant silicone
Weight Lightweight
Special
features
Dries quickly
Other
considerations
Rinse after use to avoid chlorine or saltwater
damage

This information was last reviewed in June 2017
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