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Common Questions

We often get questions like this one: I'm hoping you can help me. Here is my problem. My right breast is considerably smaller than my left. It just never grew past about an A/B. My left is a D/DD. This has caused so much pain in my life. I have never worn a prosthetic...have used socks and shoulder pads to stuff a formed bra. Only problem is I can not swim in it! I would love to find something I can wear everyday and swim in. But it needs to fit around the size of my breast since I am not completely flat. I would like one to feel real! Not hard and stiff or slip. If I need to get a separate one for swimming then I shall. I just want to look and feel normal. Can you recommend any for me? I've considered surgery but the risks scare me. I would think it wouldn't be wise to get anything really weighted due to the size. Please help! Answer: Hello, Unfortunately, none of the enhancers are designed for as much of an increase as you are looking for... Enhancers are generally designed for a smaller increase, such as 1-2 cups, depending on your band size. For a larger increase, such as the 3 cup increase you are looking for, I would recommend trying one of the following: If you prefer a light weight form... Continue reading in our Truekare Blog The external Silicone Breast Forms at TrueKare; you can now find high quality silicone breast forms at a great price. Today, there are lots of options available when choosing a prosthesis. The most important thing to keep in mind is what you feel comfortable in. If you feel comfortable, confident, and happy, then you will come off as confident to those around you. You might be surprised to discover just how many people use silicone breast forms, enhancers and push-ups on a daily basis.

Sleeping in breast forms

Many people like to be able to sleep in their breast forms. Unfortunately, not all breast forms are designed to sleep in or be laid on. Sleeping in, or laying on your silicone forms can create extra wear and tear on them (from the weight of your body), and possibly, cause a split in the seam of your form. This split will allow the silicone to leak out, thus, damaging your forms. Therefore, most manufacturers do not recommend you sleep in your silicone forms. Note: If for some reason you do find that your forms have a small tear or leak, a quick temporary fix to try (before you get a new form), is to simply place a small piece of clear packing tape over it to seal it up. For sleeping, it is best to buying a companion pair (similar to the shape and size of your silicone forms) of soft foam forms. Foam breast forms are lightweight, washable, reusable and extremely durable. That is why they are recommended for not only sleeping in, but also for after surgery, relaxing, swimming and various other athletic activities. Some foam breast forms are designed with fabric security tab, which can be permanently sewn into nightgowns or swim suits.
At TrueKare, we believe that everyone should not only be happy with who they are on the inside, but also feel good about how they present themselves to everyone else. Breast forms, though they only make a small physical difference, can change a great deal about how you feel.
We receive sizing questions every day via e-mail. "Which size would you recommend for me? I'm currently ....". We can usually point you in the right direction, and make you feel more confident about your choice. Please don't hesitate to e-mail us with any questions you might have. Always try and include your current bra band and cup size, and any other pertinent size information by sending an e-mail to [email protected]

How to Keep Your Lingerie Clean

  • It is always best to hand wash and air dry lingerie so the garments retain their shape, elasticity, and the lace details are not damaged.
  • Hand wash with laundry detergent, rinse, and hang or lay flat to air dry.
  • Make sure to take out the breast forms before you wash your bras.
  • Wash padded panties and pads separately.

How To Put Forms In a Regular Bra

  1. Lengthen the bra strap on one side.
  2. Pull the cup away from the chest wall.
  3. Insert the form from the inside top of the cup. Turn the form in the direction that best fills the bra cup and looks the most natural. Repeat on the other side.
  4. After forms are in place, adjust the straps on each side.
  5. Look at the fit. Both sides should match and the bra cups should cover the prosthesis completely. The prosthesis top tapers should prevent clothing from sinking in. Each form should fill and not bulge at the top of the cup; plus, the forms should settle into the bottom of each cup. The straps should not cut into the shoulders.
  6. If the forms are too big, too small, or do not fill where they need to fill, try another style or size of form.

How To Put Forms In a Pocket Bra

  1. Spread the bra out on a flat surface with the inside of the bra facing you.
  2. Hold the form by the edges with a flat hand so that the nipple is facing down.
  3. Spread the elastic on the cup and slide the form in so that the nipple faces outward.
  4. Adjust the form so it settles into the bottom of the cup.
  5. Hold the bra up with the form inside the pocket to make sure it looks correct.
  6. Be careful not to puncture the form or fold it. Transform and Nearly Me silicone forms are very durable, but the polyurethane skin can be punctured.

How to use Double Sided Tape

  1. Peel the paper backing from one side of the tape and attach it to the form. You can use as many pieces as you need.
  2. Peel the paper backing from the other side of the tape.
  3. Hold the breast form over your chest and use a mirror to align it correctly.
  4. Press it firmly against your chest.
  5. When you are done wearing the form, gently peel it away from the chest.
  • The double-sided tape should not leave any residue on your skin or on the form. If you are having trouble peeling the tape from your skin or off of the form, use a little baby oil to help release the stickiness.
  • Breast forms are always meant to be worn inside a bra. The tape is only meant to help keep them securely in place.
  • Do not use double-sided tape on foam forms.
  • Wash forms with mild soap and water after using tape.
  • Always remove the tape when you are finished wearing the form. Do not add tape on top of tape that is already on the form.

Post Mastectomy: What’s Next?

Fighting breast cancer and having to undergo all of the treatment, is hard on your body and your psyche. After having a mastectomy patients can feel inadequate and less confident then they used to be. There are a few choices to be considered, such as reconstructive surgery and prosthesis. Prosthesis, or breast forms, is an important option for those who do not want to go through breast reconstruction. Some may not wish to undergo further surgery that the reconstruction requires. When considering breast forms, you should talk to your doctor immediately. Directly following your surgery you should receive a post surgery camisole. Your doctor will be able to tell you when you will be healed enough to consider your options of breast forms. The duration of this time depends on your medical condition, the type of mastectomy you had performed, and your post-operative healing process. When searching for the right breast forms, be sure to take your time and find one that is a good fit and comfortable for you. The cost of breast forms can vary. Remember though, high price does not necessarily mean that it is the best product for you. Many patients wonder whether or not their insurance company will cover the cost of their breast forms. Most insurance companies should, in fact, cover all of the cost. Make sure you take a look at your individual insurance policy to see what they will cover and how you should make your claim. There are a wide variety of breast forms to take a look at when trying to choose what is best for you. The two most basic characteristics of breast forms are that they can be non-weighted and weighted. The weighted breast forms are usually favored because they aid in the balance of your body and correct posture. Dependent upon the magnitude of the mastectomy that you have undergone, there are two key terms to notice when evaluating the breast forms. These important terms are asymmetrical and symmetrical. Asymmetrical breast forms are forms that can only fit one certain side of the chest. Symmetrical breast forms are ones that can be turned to fit either side of the chest. Be sure that when you are searching for your breast forms, that you take note of these differences(Woman's Personal Health). Many patients wonder what kind of bra they are going to have to wear with the breast forms. Conveniently, you can wear the same bras you were wearing prior to your mastectomy. If you don't like that fit you can chose from bras with pockets in them in which you can place the breast forms. A properly fitted breast form will be unnoticeable to those around you. Breast forms should not hinder, or restrict, any of your normal everyday activities. Even swimming with your breast forms is possible. In case your breast forms feel a bit too heavy to go about some of your normal activities, lightweight or swim breast forms can be found if needed (American Cancer Society). The struggle and disruption of life that breast cancer patients must go through does not go unnoticed. A solution, to the post operative battle your psyche must endure, is here. Whether it is going through reconstructive surgery or through obtaining prosthesis, there is a way you can feel more comfortable and confident with yourself. After fighting your way through something so intense you deserve to beam with the confidence of who you are..

Breast forms after mastectomy

Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health Breast forms after mastectomy--patient's issues. Munstedt K, Milch W, Reimer C. Frauenklinik, Justus-Liebig-Universitat, Giessen, Germany. After mastectomy restoration of body symmetry, a very important aspect of coping with daily life, may be achieved either using breast forms that are suspended in a brassiere or by a new system in which breast forms are attached by adhesive strips to the thorax walls. The system promises free and easy movement, favourable effects on lymphoedema, and improvements with respect to dressing. Brassieres are not necessarily needed. The influence of improved prosthetics on patients' self concept and well-being was investigated. A group of 67 patients after unilateral mastectomy tested custom breast forms and self-adhesive breast forms. Using the Frankfurter Selbstkonzeptionsskalen (Frankfurt Self-Concept Scales), plus additional questions concerning problems after mastectomy, self-concept was assessed before study and after 3 months. Analysis of variance with repeated measures revealed significant differences with respect to the scale Social Contact and Relations (FSKU). Most patients were better satisfied with epicutaneous self-adhesive breast forms. The weight and type of movement of the self-adhesive breast forms were considered natural, and adhesive strips were well tolerated. A total of 78% were able to wear more fashionable clothing. Breast reconstruction became less important for 62%. The new concept of self-adhesive breast forms is an improvement with respect to social and pyschological rehabilitation.

Eating Healthy and the Cancer Benefits

You or someone you know very well has undoubtedly either had cancer or has died from this ravenous disease. Though chemotherapy and a plethora of pills are used to treat cancer in Western countries, did you know that what you put into your mouth every day can help prevent and fight against it? What exactly is cancer? Cancer is a cellular disease. “Cancer” is a term that is used when the instructions that are sent to our cells become “mixed up” and are incorrect. Rather than have our cells regenerate and help support body tissues (as they are supposed to do) some grow and form lumps or tumors, or the cells even spread by entering into the blood stream and travelling to other parts of the body to create more tumors. Though not every tumor is necessarily life threatening (these are referred to as benign tumors as they do not travel throughout the body), malignant tumors are cancerous tumors that invade other body tissues and continually spread, taking over and interfering with our bodily functions. This interference can either cause extreme illness or, in the worst cases, death. How can a food help me prevent cancer? There are several nutrients that have been directly linked to both the treatment and prevention of cancer. You will want to focus on eating:
  • Carotenoids (i.e. carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, cantaloupe)
  • Vitamin E (i.e. beans, nuts, and grains)
  • Vitamin C (i.e. broccoli, cauliflower, guava, peppers and oranges)
  • Selenium (i.e. Brazil nuts, cereals and grains)
  • Fiber (i.e. vegetables, chicken, and cheese)
  • Soy Isoflavones (i.e. soy)
  • Isothioscyanates (i.e. kale, cauliflower, turnips, collard greens, and cabbage)
  • Lycopene (i.e. primarily tomatoes, though to a lesser degree pink grapefruit, guava and watermelon)
  • Photochemicals (i.e. garlic, green and black tea, bell peppers, tofu, and flax seeds)
The best thing you can do to prevent cancer is to prevent yourself from consuming any processed foods. Anything that is a synthetic food, has been processed or contains any sort of refined product (especially refined sugars) are potentially cancer causing. The goal is to focus on eating fresh fruit, raw organic vegetables, nuts and seeds, whole grain foods and beans. Avoid soda and high sugar beverages. Focus on drinking at least 8 cups of water a day. Water will not only help keep you feeling full (thus helping also manage your weight and cravings) but it helps flush out the toxins in our body. Water goes a long way in helping us digest foods, lubricate our insides, increase our blood circulation and keep our immune system at optimal levels. Is there anything else I can do to prevent cancer? Eating healthy is the first thing you can do to keep yourself cancer free, but it is also important to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Be sure to get outside and “play” for at least 30 minutes a day. Whether your exercise is a brisk walk around the block or a 2 hour work out at the gym, as long as you are keeping your body moving and relieving stress you are preventing cancer. Exercise also goes a long way in helping you lower your stress, which is yet another factor that has been linked to cancer growth. For further details and advice on how to prevent cancer through diet, speak to your dietician or physician.

Considering using Breast Forms over Reconstructive Surgery?

There are a number of reasons why Breast Forms are favored over reconstructive surgery. Breast forms have been identified as an important alternative to reconstructive surgery post mastectomy surgery. Reconstructive surgery is less advantageous because it requires further surgery for the patient to undergo. Not only must a patient go through one reconstructive surgery, but may require further operations in the future. Also, for patients with cancer, if doctors find that the cancer has advanced, breast reconstruction may hinder the treatment. Not to mention, implants have many side effects. With some implants, most commonly saline implants, Capsular Contraction may occur (Imaginis- the Breast Cancer Resource). Basically this means that the scar around the implant has begun to tighten and is squeezing down on the soft implant inside. This can result in a negative effect by causing the breast to feel hard. These are just a few reasons why reconstructive surgery is not always favored. Surgery can, however have its bright sides. Many times a patient can have the reconstructive surgery directly following their mastectomy. This is very accommodating since they would not have to go under the knife twice; doctors would perform this procedure while patients are still under anesthetics. Implants are also preferred over breast forms because they are permanent and require less care. Prosthesis, or breast forms, is an superior alternative to surgery. They reflect the approximate weight, movement, and feel of natural breast tissue. It is extremely important to have a properly weighted breast form because it provides the necessary balance for your body's correct posture. Minimal problems occur when using breast forms. Some users have said that the breast forms can feel a bit heavy at first (American Cancer Society). However, this does pass as you get used to wearing them. Also, some forms can cause slight skin irritation. This can be resolved by placing the breast forms into a bra with built-in pockets. Common questions that arise include, when wearing a breast form, what kind of bra would i need to have? The answer is that you may wear any type of bra you wish. You can even wear the bras you were wearing before your mastectomy surgery. Many considering breast forms wonder whether or not others will be able to distinguish if they are wearing them. Breast forms are very inconspicuous to those around you. Since they are under your clothing they look no different from natural tissue breasts. Aside from the initial heaviness at first, breast forms aren’t even all that noticeable to you, the wearer. Questions are sometimes presented regarding the possibility of wearing the breast forms while swimming. Not a problem! Most breast forms do well in the pool; even with chlorine. Swimming should not be a deterrent. As far as swimsuits go, there are many suits that will keep your breast forms hidden. A more revealing bathing suit may not be the best choice. However, a suit that covers more of your chest, will keep them unnoticeable to others. Overall, we it's obvious that there are answers out there. And for those who do not wish to undergo surgery again, there is an excellent alternative. Breast forms can match practically any body type and most any lifestyle . The downsides of using breast forms are fewer than those of getting reconstructive surgery. Breast forms are not permanent. They can always be changed to fit you and how you live your life. However, there are many options out there and all should be considered when making your decision. What makes you comfortable and happy with who you are, should come first and foremost.

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