Karen Furstenberg, owner of Kaz Lingerie, answers frequently asked questions on bras and breast forms.
How soon after surgery can I wear a breast form?
It is best to follow your surgeon’s advice. However, you should be fitted with an immediate post-surgery garment for the first four to six weeks to aid healing. Thereafter, you can consider an initial lightweight breast form.
How do I know which bra and breast form is right for me?
The nature of your body and surgery, together with the wide range of styles and sizes, mean a professional fitting is important. An orthotist will help choose the correct prosthesis suitable for your unique needs. A breast form should be comfortable and assist in restoring symmetry.
Why do I need a weighted breast form after surgery?
In the case of having one breast removed, a properly fitted breast prosthesis helps replace the weight lost after surgery. This replacement is not merely for cosmetic and psychological reasons but for physical reasons as well.
When a natural breast is removed, the body is no longer in balance and will compensate with slight curving of the spine and shoulder drop.
Both conditions may lead to chronic lower back and neck pain. We recommend an annual appointment with an orthotist to address any changes in your body.
Will wearing a breast form restrict my activities?
Wearing a prosthesis shouldn’t restrict activities. If a silicone form is unsuitable or too heavy, lightweight breast forms for leisure activities are available.
Can I wear a silicone form while swimming?
Yes, silicone forms don’t normally get damaged by chlorine or salt water. After use, gently wash and dry the breast form.
Can a breast form be worn with a regular bra?
We don’t recommend a regular bra (no pocket) to be worn with a breast form as it can damage the breast form and irritate your scar tissue. Mastectomy bras have been specially designed to hold the weighted form in place and hide any scars.
Does medical aid pay for my post-mastectomy needs?
Yes, most medical aids will pay, provided you follow their terms and conditions. At Kaz Lingerie, we will process your medical aid claims on your behalf.
Kaz Lingerie is a specialist lingerie boutique, specialising in professional lingerie and swimwear fittings. Founder, Karen Furstenberg, started the business after experiencing her own frustrations of trying to find well-fitting bras. We offer advice on any claims, which can be made through your medical aid for your personal items purchased from us, and attend to the claims on your behalf.
Contact Chene Kerswill on 011 517 2411 or email@example.com