In keeping in form with the feminine form there remains no doubt that anyone who has undergone a mastectomy will encounter a number of factors that need to be considered when choosing the most suitable breast prosthetic option to cater to one’s individual needs and lifestyle.
Keeping in form with modern technology
- It also comes as no surprise that, to a large extent, many women suffer from loss of self-esteem as a result of having undergone surgery in the form of a mastectomy. Some women even feel ashamed of their appearance.
- This need not be the case since, for women who opt for external breast prosthetic options, modern technology has a great deal to offer in keeping in form with specific needs and delivers significantly exceptional results. In this article, Roger Wolfson & Associates breast prosthetics consultant, Jenny Jordan (S.E.N.) shares her specialist knowledge and experience in addressing these exceptional needs and reveals her technique in ensuring optimal results.
A form of choice
Why choose breast prosthetics over surgical implants? According to Jenny, certain factors need to be considered when choosing breast prosthetics over alternatives such as breast implants.
- For instance, a woman may be at an age when additional surgery is undesirable either for health or practicality reasons.
- A woman who has already gone through a series of surgical procedures may be reluctant to undergo further surgery to accommodate the implants. There is often way too much hassle involved.
- Despite the common misconception that implants are likely to burst when travelling on an airplane, certain women are also reluctant to choose the option of a surgical implant due to the belief that implants can leak when one engages in strenuous physical or sporting activities. For instance, since it causes pressure, diving into a swimming pool can result in silicone leaks that can be toxic to the body.
- Fear of surgical implants due to silicone leaks is a common phenomenon.
Breast prosthetics for different types of breast surgery
Says Jenny: ‘A bi-lateral or double mastectomy involves the removal of both breasts. However, a single mastectomy, which
involves the removal of one breast, means that one should wear the correct weight
prosthesis that aligns to the weight of the body in order to ensure that correct balance is maintained. It is no use if the prosthesis is either too light or too heavy, since
this will result in disturbances in walking, which can also lead to back pain.
A number of different types of breast prosthetic options are available on the market today and should one experience any significant form of weight loss or weight gain, a new prosthesis can be made.’
A radical mastectomy can involve the removal of the entire mammary gland, lymph nodes in the armpit as well as the associated pectoral muscles. A radical mastectomy can cause the chest to take on a concave appearance and the cut can stretch from the shoulder area through to the abdomen. In this case, a full compensation breastform manufactured using textiles or silicone may be worn.
Lumpectomy (partial mastectomy)
A lumpectomy or partial mastectomy involves the removal of certain breast tissue only. In this case, a breast prosthetic filler would be worn as opposed to a full compensation breastform. A filler gives the breast shape and is available in textile form or is specially manufactured using a piece of silicone that sticks to the skin.
A wide range of breast prosthetic options and acclaimed brands are available to cater to individual needs.
Often, there is a need for counselling when one’s task involves a traumatised patient
Jenny affirms: ‘On first consultation, I usually engage the patient in a casual chat, which goes a long way towards making her feel at ease. One needs to bear in mind that prior to our consultation, not only has she undergone surgery, various forms of treatment and therapy, but she has likely also experienced a great deal of uncertainty and anxiety as a result. Often, there is a need for counselling when one’s task involves a traumatised patient.
I also encourage her to ask as many questions as possible.’
Some of the frequently asked questions that usually arise include:
- ‘Considering the amount of scarring that I have, do breast prosthetics cause pain?’
- ‘Do I need to take extra precautions during daily activities when wearing a breast prosthetic?’
- ‘Can a breast prosthetic be worn effectively when engaging in sports activities?’
- ‘How long will a breast prosthetic last? After how long will it need to be replaced?’
Jenny concludes: ‘In “keeping abreast of the times” my job is to make a woman feel better about herself, to give her back her pride, dignity and womanhood so that she can enjoy life to the fullest. No more baggy shirts that hide everything. The look on someone’s face once the final fitting has taken place is incredibly gratifying, visible results of feeling like a woman again!’
Most often, all it takes to find the right support and understanding is only a phone call away. Roger Wolfson and Associates are accredited breast prosthetics specialists, ready to answer any questions or address specific concerns. The first consultation is free! Contact Jenny on 011 640 7198 to schedule an appointment.
Call us now on (011) 640 7198 for your free first consultation and assessment!