Why wear a breast form?
Comfort should be your main consideration, and with the innovative technologies available, the broad choice includes special shapes, smart options like air-flow channels and even temperature regulation in some breast forms. Finding a breast form that feels comfortable to you is definitely possible, whatever your needs. With the help of a certified fit specialist, you can try on and feel different types of breast form to see which ones works best for you.
How does a breast form fit?
To securely hold a breast form or symmetry shaper, there are specially designed bras with integral pockets. While still beautiful to look at, these bras have clever features like a slightly higher neckline and underarm and soft, padded straps. You may also choose a self-adhesive breast form, but we recommend wearing it with a bra, as well.
Swimming is particularly good exercise for recovery after breast surgery, so we also design special swimwear with similar features as our bras. Pockets securely hold your breast forms in place and allow comfortable movement and a natural silhouette.
Wearing the right breast form can make a big difference in how you feel every day.
Amoena breast forms are designed for optimum comfort and performance. They’re designed to fit into your life and restore your body confidence. For the perfect fit, it’s important that you consult individually with a trained, certified mastectomy fitter in a specialist shop, clinic or hospital. Your fitter’s experience and knowledge can help you identify your unique needs and then choose the right breast form. If its advice your looking for then please call us at the Mastectomy Store on 0418 626527 or e-mail email@example.com
For Spring 2018, Amoena has harnessed the cultural climate of women empowering women all over the world, using dramatic colours and textures to illustrate the influence of women through the ages.
The design leader in mastectomy lingerie, swimwear, active wear and tops for women who have experienced breast cancer, Amoena knows how women have shaped history — and continue to influence the world — and what that means for brands who succeed.
“We’re tapped into this current movement where women are holding the world’s businesses and civic leaders to a much higher standard” explains Dirk Müller, Senior VP for Pocketed Apparel at Amoena.
“We’ve long championed the women who wear our products,” he says, “and the fact that women are standing up to be heard more than ever before gives us further resolve to support them in every way.” The company’s history as a pioneer in supporting women after breast cancer creates a particularly strong foundation for such a mission.
New, limited edition pocketed lingerie, swimwear, active wear and tops offered this Spring will entice shoppers who wear breast prostheses — and those who don’t.
The designs, inspired by global culture — both the buzz of our media age and the earthy, natural heart of humanity — are on par with the world’s top fashion houses.
Information on the program and how to claim a reimbursement.
This national program aims to improve the quality of life of women who have undergone breast surgery (including a full or partial mastectomy or a lumpectomy) as a result of breast cancer.
The program, which commenced on 1 December 2008, provides reimbursements of up to $400 for both new and replacement external breast prostheses for eligible women who have had breast surgery as a result of breast cancer.
All women who are permanent residents of Australia, have a current Medicare entitlement and have had breast surgery (including a full or partial mastectomy or a lumpectomy) as a result of breast cancer, are eligible to claim the reimbursement. The surgery may be recent or in the past. Women who currently receive financial assistance from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) should continue to claim their entitlement through DVA.
The amount that can be claimed is up to $400 for each new or replacement external breast prosthesis, depending on the cost of the prosthesis, and any other financial assistance already obtained (including any rebates obtained from a private health fund). The $400 limit applies to each prosthesis for each breast.
If a claim has previously been made under this program, a subsequent reimbursement can be claimed on prostheses purchased no earlier than two years from the date of last purchase. This applies to each prosthesis for each breast.
More information about the program, including eligibility criteria, a fact sheet and claim form, can be accessed on the Department of Human Services website, or by calling the Department of Human Services on 132 011 (call charges may apply), or visiting a Medicare office.
What Happens At A Fitting?
Initially your doctor may need to give you the go-ahead to get be fitted for a mastectomy bra. These fittings typically take place either in a medical setting, such a hospital, or in a lingerie store.
Wherever you go for your fitting, you should bring your breast form with you – if you have one – and one or two of your favourite tops. That way, you can make sure the bra you choose will work for you in what you’re used to wearing. “You should expect to look good in anything you wear – within reason of the surgical site,”
If you bring your favourite bra, your fitter can check it out, too. Sometimes the best choice is the bra you already own.
“You can also bring a family member or friend,” suggests Clare Gibson, fitting consultant at Amoena’s showroom in Hampshire, England. “The fitting room can be a very intimate space to share with a fitter you barely know,” agrees Caldwell, and it can help to have emotional support.
Fitters typically start by asking what you need: Are you looking for a compression bra (for right after surgery), or a pocketed bra? Are you going to have radiation, which can change your chest wall? (Most fitters recommend waiting until after radiation to get new bras.) What are you looking for in a bra: Are you shopping for the gym or for a special occasion?
Your fitter will measure the circumference of your ribcage and, if relevant, your remaining breast, which “serves as a template,” says Poss. She may pick out several styles and let you try them on to check for weight, shape and fullness, Gibson adds.
Making a Difference
The right lingerie – and the right fitter – can help a woman come to terms with her new post-mastectomy body, says Caldwell. She tells about a woman who’d undergone a bilateral mastectomy and was very nervous about the fitting. When Caldwell asked what type of bra she wanted, she whispered, “something pretty.” Caldwell picked out a few, but it was the soft one with the deep plunge, delicate straps, and red floral applique that did the trick. “It’s beautiful. I’m beautiful,” the woman gasped. “I just never thought I could feel like a woman again. Thank you!” Both Caldwell and the client ended up in tears of joy.
Even if the response is more subtle, a fitter can always tell how a woman is reacting. “When a woman comes in, she might be feeling tense and be slightly hunched over,” Gibson explains. “When she leaves, she walks out with her head held high.”
How to Become a Mastectomy Fitter
If you’re thinking about becoming a mastectomy fitter, it helps to be comfortable with women’s bodies, in all shapes and sizes, with and without scars. Compassion and a wonderful bedside manner are key. “A woman may be embarrassed about her body,” says Gibson. “You need to be matter-of-fact and reassuring.”
You also need to be a good problem-solver, says Caldwell. You never know who’s going to walk in the door.
A medical background can be helpful but it’s not essential. Poss was a respiratory therapist and Gibson trained as a massage therapist and both have found it useful. Caldwell, who came to the field from lingerie, has found that the training process gave her all the technical knowledge she needs. Enthusiasm and compassion, she asserts, are harder to teach.
A compassionate and competent mastectomy fitter can go a long way toward helping women learn to love their bodies again.
So many bras in so many cup and band sizes....think about it. 1 style of bra with cups from AA-D, sizes 10-20 and thats 30 bras JUST FOR ONE STYLE!! Multiply that by the number of bra styles the Mastectomy Store has available, and you can probably get the picture.
SO...WE NEED TO HAVE A SALE!!! Briefs for as low as $10 and bras for as low as $25...genuine prices that wont last long. Checkout the special $25 section on the website to see if we have something for you.
Now more than ever, you are important to us, and your opinion can make a difference.
We're ready to design another look for one of our most popular and comfortable bra styles, and want to make it special, so: We need your help!
Which of these looks do you like the best? Note that these are not the final patterns or colours—we only want to know what type of pattern you would prefer.
Email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org —or visit our Facebook page and leave a comment on the post—and we will be sure your wishes are considered!
Every day, you rely on a few critical items to carry you through – things you might say you can’t live without. For instance, most of us don’t leave the house without our mobile phones -- or if we do, we feel completely untethered! We thrive on having that perfect handbag, the one that goes with any outfit. And we definitely depend on our tried and true, everyday bras – without their support, who knows how we’d end up!
Amoena is proud to have been creating reliable bras for women since 1992. That’s when we introduced our line of pocketed lingerie for women, to support our innovations in silicone breast forms. Today, we’re still fashioning high-quality, well-made pocketed bras… we’re just doing it with more, well, fashion in mind!
Stepping out in style
Our Everyday bra collection includes a whole lot of styles. One of our most beloved styles across the globe, the Lara non-wired bra works in basic nude, white and black, and in seasonal collections, a variety of colors and different fabrics. Crafted with every detail in mind down to the stitching, Lara is always comfortable, always supportive.
A little lace
The Karla collection, available in an underwired bra as well as non-wired bra, is another Everyday style with “special day” written all over it. The matching panty is lacy but fits comfortably enough to wear during your normal, busy days.
For something soft
Our seasonal collection typically includes a soft camisole if you prefer a little coverage all the way to your waist; maybe you’re wearing a wooly sweater or just want to keep warm with an extra layer. The camisole top is fully supportive with an inside, pocketed bra top construction – hooks in the back, and all. You might not wear a cami every day now, but you might want to after trying ours!
Build your weekday wardrobe
You’re going to want a lacy bra: Try Rebecca in underwired or non-wired. Its cup is modestly cut but still fits beautifully, and the adjustable straps offer padding at the shoulder for excellent support and comfort.
Your flawless fit
One thing is certain: It’s all about the fit that’s right for you. There are a lot of “bra-fitting” news articles and blog posts online. Luckily, Amoena has known the secret all along: Have a professional bra fitting. Make notes about which styles and features work best for you.
And then, wear your confidence wherever the Everyday takes you.
Deciding what to wear after a mastectomy can seem daunting, but there’s no need to sacrifice your own sense of style or comfort.
Start with the basics
Overcoming something as emotionally and physically challenging as a mastectomy creates huge changes in a woman’s life. We emerge stronger and more resilient, with a new awareness of our bodies. Inevitably, there’s also a new set of considerations when choosing an outfit.
Once you’re comfortable with the basics, however, there’s no reason why your surgery should limit the range of your wardrobe, or hamper your own sense of style.
While being temporarily limited in the area of décolletage might seem to reduce your choices, remember the changes in your body are usually far less visible to others than they appear to you.
Natural SymmetryLoose-fitting tops with modest necklines are an easy starting point. With the right breast form and bra combination, you can achieve a look of natural symmetry without showing cleavage.
Create a Focus PointPerfect for casual or smart dressing, tops with gathers, knots, drapes and ruffles can give your outfit texture and create a focus point.
Improvise on the GoWear the clothes you love. Don’t rule out a dress or top with a revealing neckline until you try it on with a cami. Alternatively, a scarf could provide the coverage you need.
Find the Perfect FitWhen shopping for tailored dresses, take note of where the dart sits. This will give you an idea on how a dress or shirt will fit around the breast area before you have even tried it on.
Essential Mastectomy Bras
Bra support and comfort is a must. Ensure you have one of these three essentials on hand for any occasion.
Non-wired Soft BraIf you’re feeling tender, this is a softer alternative to an underwire bra. Look for a bra with slight padding for extra comfort.
T-shirt BraThis should be a staple in every woman’s wardrobe. Comfortable and slightly padded with moulded cups, T-shirt bras are smooth under your clothes without showing any visible lines.
Front-Closure Bra. An essential after a mastectomy, a front-closure bra is easy to fasten and is more convenient to use in case range of motion in the arms is a challenge.
More than ever, it’s vital to choose clothing made from fabrics that offer all-day comfort, breathe well and don’t chafe.
Modal offers superb flexibility, is soft to touch, and drapes beautifully to flatter your figure, with a texture similar to cotton.
2. JerseyLight and flexible yet insulating, Jersey is a soft and stretchy knit fabric used to make fantastic leggings and classic comfort T's.
3. CottonDurable, absorbent and still considered the best natural fabric for its remarkable breathability, cotton is a firm favourite for sensitive skin.
Down toward legs and shoes
Belts:Instead of wearing in the loops of your trousers, cinch at your waist over dresses, coats and oversized shirts, creating a shapely silhouette and drawing attention to the centre of your body.
Shorts and patterned skirts: Attract attention to the lower half of your body with textures and patterns that are bold, pretty or simply interesting to look at.
Statement Shoes: A killer pair of shoes will draw attention immediately. If you don’t have an eye-catching pair it’s time for some shoe shopping.
Upwards to the neck and face with colours and accessoriesEarrings:
Now’s your chance to wear a bold and flashy set of earrings. There’s never been a better excuse to accessorise your ears.
Necklaces: Wear a short necklace or choker to attract attention upwards. Avoid a necklace that dangles over the bust line as it will draw attention to the area.
Scarves: A quick way to visually transform an outfit, wearing pretty scarves and shawls is also a subtle way to cover scars or drains.
Wear the Right Breast Form
Whether you prefer a traditional prosthesis or an attachable prosthesis is often simply a matter of personal choice, but new technology has blurred the line between the two, with massive advancements in the comfort and appearance of both.
Traditional Breast FormSupported by your pocketed bra and perfect for times when you’re wearing loose fitting or thicker fabrics. They are popular because they are easy to get used to.
Adhesive breast form - Amoena Contact Amoena Contact attaches directly to your chest and is the ideal option to relieve pressure from your bra straps or when getting a little more daring with your neckline.
Comfort is key - It’s never worth wearing uncomfortable breast forms. Aside from the discomfort, you risk irritating your sensitive skin and creating posture problems down the road.
Start with these basic tips and you’ll find that you have a great range of clothing choices and shopping opportunities!
By simply using colour, texture and accessories, you can create a fresh new look that’s comfortable and an expression of your own beauty.
Keep in mind, too, that your body may change over time as a result of diet, fitness and time itself! What fits you this year might not feel as good next year, so it’s important to visit your fitter once a year.
Many women write in to ask us if they can travel whilst wearing their silicone breast forms. The answer is a resounding “yes,” but there are some things you might want to know ahead of time.
Every country has its own security procedures and policies; it is wise to ask your travel agent or do preliminary research online if you are travelling outside your home country.
The Aqua Wave breast form is designed specifically for water activities. This lightweight swim prosthesis is made from a clear silicone which is water-resistant and dries quickly. Supplied with a handy waterproof bag.
Black dots on a prosthesis after a flight
One other item that we must address: The change in air pressure. It is not uncommon for lightweight silicone breast forms to develop temporary air bubbles if they are at higher elevations where the air pressure changes.
If you are a frequent flyer, you may have seen what appear to be small, black dots inside your breast form, due to the change in elevation. This is not a defect, nor will it harm the form. In fact, the air bubbles typically disappear within about two weeks of travelling or climbing.
So don’t worry, travel happy!
Helping Women All Over the World Feel Supported and Confident: We are pleased to present a brand new website, The Day I Was Told. Interactive and full of information including personal stories from breast cancer survivors, we aim to support women through every step of their breast cancer journey, from initial diagnosis, through treatment, to recovery and beyond. Visit https://thedayiwastold.com/