Silicone breast prosthetic is an artificial breast that is worn with the intention of imitating physical features of a breast. It is often used by women following a mastectomy (removal of the breast) procedure. Many women choose to wear a breast prosthetic because of the following reasons:
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine there are 5 different types of Breast silicones. They include:
External silicone breast prosthesis
This is an external breast prosthesis, made of silicone, usually to simulate natural breast tissue. Because of its weight, it may help your posture, preventing shoulder drop, and problems with balance.
Non-silicone breast prosthesis
It is made of made of foam or fiberfill. Because of its light weight, it can be worn following a mastectomy.
A non-silicone breast prosthesis is a light-weight breast form, Non-silicone breast prostheses may be worn during exercise, swimming, and hot weather.
Attachable breast prosthesis
By using adhesive stripes, these breast prosthetics can be securely attached to the chest area.
Post-surgical soft form in camisole
A post-surgical soft form in camisole is a light-weight, removable breast form that fits into a camisole garment (a soft, stretchy garment with lace elastic straps that can be pulled up over the hips if raising the arms is difficult). Post-surgical camisole is often worn immediately following a mastectomy, lumpectomy, radiation therapy, or during reconstruction breast surgery.
Partial breast prosthesis, also called a shaper or shell
This is a breast form made of foam, fiberfill, or silicone. This type of breast prosthesis is designed to be worn over your own breast tissue to enhance the overall size of the breast and to create a fuller appearance. A partial breast prosthesis can be worn with a regular bra or a post-mastectomy bra.