Areola Restoration

There are a number of ways to restore a nipple and areola after breast cancer and breast surgery. It is important to do some research and talk to people that have undergone the procedure that you’re interested in. It is also important to find the right professional to help you. Take your time making a decision regarding restoration. This is a decision that should take time and consideration. You should be comfortable with the level of commitment. For example, try something like a temporary tattoo first and then perhaps a nipple prosthesis. If you choose to undergo a more permanent procedure, at least you’ll have an idea of what your results could be. Above all, make sure that you are not pressured into restoring your areola and nipple before you are ready. You should be completely comfortable with the person that you choose to help you on this part of your journey.

Active Movement During and After Breast Cancer Treatment

 

There are benefits to being active including, better digestion, improved mood, having more energy and a feeling of well being. It’s important that we know what kinds of movement are good for our health during and after breast cancer treatment. There’s yoga, walking, swimming and other forms of activity that we can partake in to ease back into other activities like running, weight training and other forms of intense exercise. Be sure and discuss with your doctor before trying any new activities. 

Both of the links below offer advice on which movements and activities may help you wherever you are on your journey.  

It’s About “Hope”…

For Linda Perrin and her mother Doris Bourrier it’s all about HOPE. Both women are long term breast cancer survivors and today they are both thriving. Linda, a retired mental health nurse works tirelessly to support and educate women about their options post-mastectomy. Those options include Bressante breast prosthetics that are soft, lightweight, versatile and adjustable. Linda is a wonderful advocate and she knows first-hand what to expect following a breast cancer diagnosis. Linda and her mom wanted to give back in a special way so they decided to donate their gently used Bressante prosthetics to the Cancer De Mama Clinic in La Penita, Mexico. Not only did they donate their prosthetics but they had them tattooed with the word “Esperanza,” which means “Hope” in Spanish. A thoughtful and loving gesture. Two deserving women in Mexico that are struggling with cancer related side effects and the loss of a breast will receive a beautiful breast prosthesis. They will also receive a message of hope in their native language from a long term survivor. This is just one example of how a simple act of kindness can give hope to someone who desperately needs it. Thank you Linda and Doris for all that you do! 

Cancer De Mama is an organization whose mission is to provide a service that is part of the healing process for survivors of breast cancer. Cancer De Mama provides free prostheses, funds medical expenses, helps with after surgery counselling and physical therapy, and provides wigs, scarves and hats for Mexican women. Each year, Bressante makes a donation of bras and prosthetics to this worthy cause.
Link to their website here.

“New” Approach to Breast Reconstruction isn’t All That “New”

 

There are two different ways that implants can be placed surgically into the chest. One way is “above the muscle” and the other is “under the muscle”. Placing the implant above the muscles that make up the chest is a more invasive technique, and generally results in longer healing time. Placing the implant above the pectoral muscles results in a more noticeable, projected result.

The title of the article implies that placing the implant over the muscle is a new technique, but it’s actually an old technique being revisited. It seems surgeons can’t decide which method is best, and we believe the method should depend on the individual. 

 

Link to Article: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/17/well/live/breast-reconstruction-implants-muscle.html

Adding A Tattoo To Your Breast Form

When a breast form is comfortable, it becomes easier to integrate it into your body image. When you personalize your breast form it feels like a part of you because you have played a part in its design. Many women after breast surgery get inked to celebrate their new self. Are you maybe feeling left out because you’ve chosen to wear a breast form, which would otherwise cover up where the tattoo would normally be placed? You won’t be feeling left out for long.

We have created a way for you to make your breast form truly your own by adding a tattoo. Your tattoo can be an inspiring word, or a beautiful image that means something special to you. The tattoos are permanent and won’t wash off. You can choose the design and colours; simple or fancy! 

Your tattoo can be placed where it’s going to be easily seen, or it can be hidden so only you know it’s there. It’s entirely up to you. Here is a chance for you to treat yourself to something that you deserve!

Go ahead and check our tattoo page here:

https://www.shopprosthetics.com/collections/tattoos

Jellyfish Swimform

Are you just waiting to jump into the pool or lake? Is your heavy swimform holding you back? We have heard from ladies like yourself that the heavu swimforms of the past can make your swimsuit sag! Who needs that? We have created the Jellyfish Swimform to solve those problems. 

The Jellyfish is a lightweight breastform designed for use in the water. The Jellyfish Swimform is made to be worn in a pocketed swimsuit. A pocket can be added to your favourite suit or you may want to buy a suit that already has pockets. The Jellyfish is not heavy and will not make your swimsuit sag. Water flows in and out freely and will drain naturally when you get out of the water. The Jellyfish is perfect for swimming in a salt water or chlorinated pool, lakes, the ocean, or a hot tub. The Jellyfish swimform is easy to care for; just rinse well after each use. The Jellyfish dries quickly and is fully adjustable to get the perfect shape.

So grab your favourite swimsuit and jump in!

Breast Cancer Rehabilitation

We know how important it is to have access to information. There is a lot of misleading and inaccurate information on the internet, and it can be overwhelming when you’re looking for answers. Our goal is to provide trustworthy sources for our readers. We try to verify our sources so you only get the most accurate information about breast cancer rehabilitation. 

Always check with your healthcare provider if you have a specific problem or treatment-related issue. Below you will find a good overview describing common breast cancer treatments. Our lightweight breast prosthetics are included as a good option to restore your figure without surgery following a breast cancer diagnosis.

http://www.wrha.mb.ca/bhc/files/TranscriptAfterOncologyTreatmentSupport.pdf 

What colour is your breastform?

“My breastform doesn’t show so why does it matter what colour it is?”

The colour and appearance of your breast prosthesis is directly related to wearing compliance and the ease in which you can integrate your prosthesis into your body image. Ideally, your breastform should become a part of you; a part of your everyday life. It is much harder if your prosthesis is ugly or is the wrong colour.

That’s why Bressanté prosthetics are made to look like breasts with areola/nipple detail and a variety of skin tone colours.

All women should have a breastform that matches their skin tone as closely as possible. If you wish to wear a lacy or sheer bra, it should not be a problem. Your Bressanté breastform won’t show.

Even more importantly, you see your breast prosthesis every day. It should look as close to a natural breast as possible, making you feel confident and comfortable.

What to do while you wait for reconstruction…

 

What to do while you wait for reconstruction…

Waiting lists for breast reconstruction surgery can be long and there is no guarantee that you will have the surgery as scheduled. So many unexpected things can happen.

So what is a gal to do? You are feeling fine and you want to go out, get back to work or socialise. You just aren’t feeling very confident about your shape.

Guess what? You can wear a Bressanté breastform while you wait! Bressanté breastforms are soft, lightweight and comfortable. They are also fully adjustable so you can get the perfect fit whether you have had a lumpectomy or mastectomy. You can wear your existing wardrobe and you can get back to feeling like yourself really quickly. Whether it’s for a short time or a long time, wearing a Bressanté breastform is an option you should explore at www.shopprosthetics.com

Wardrobe Hacks After Mastectomy/Lumpectomy

Adapting your wardrobe after dealing with breast cancer can be challenging. Breast cancer treatment often leads to body changes such as weight loss or gain, loss of part or all of the breast or the loss of both breasts. As time goes by your body structure may shift and the way your muscles work will change. It’s a whole new world in terms of finding clothes that fit, flatter and make you feel good.

It is important to know that you don’t need to get rid of your existing wardrobe so don’t go and donate or throw away just yet. Here is a list of top 10 tips for adjusting your wardrobe to you can regain your confidence and feel like yourself again!

  1. Take some time to try things on; do this when you aren’t rushed or pressured. Have good lighting and a mirror available.
  2. Divide your clothes into 3 piles; Keep, Adjust or Repair & Say Goodbye
  3. The Keep and Adjust piles should be clothing that you really like, in fact only those outfits you can’t live without. Most of us have too much in our closets; now is a good time to discover the good and get rid of the clutter.
  4. Find a seamstress if you don’t sew. Even if you do sew a seamstress can guide you and help you identify what changes are needed to make a garment fit properly.
  5. Make sure your bra fits properly and your breast prosthesis restores symmetry and feels comfortable. Our Bressanté breast prostheses will do that for you because they are lightweight, soft and ADJUSTABLE. So important!
  6. Invite a friend with an eye for fashion to help you. Ask for his or her honest opinion about how an outfit looks. We are usually too critical about ourselves and the way we look. If the outfit doesn’t flatter or is uncomfortable you know what to do; say goodbye.
  7. With some minor alterations, your clothing can work for you. Consider where the garment is being worn and what you will be doing. Alterations may be different for evening wear as opposed to workout wear.
  8. Don’t sacrifice your personal style because you are self-conscious. There is probably a way to alter a favourite garment so you can enjoy wearing it again.
  9. Once you have purged, altered and feel good about your choices; buy something new. Outlet stores, second hand shops and swapping with friends are good ways to add something special to your wardrobe.
  10. Have fun dressing your new body. When you feel good about yourself it shows. Remember you have been through a lot. Be gentle and walk tall; you are awesome!

We have a pinterest page with FASHION INSPIRATION for women who have had a mastectomy. Check it out here and see some examples of what you will find below!