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Forum: Living Without Reconstruction After a Mastectomy — Discuss prostheses, swimsuits, bras, and other options for women not having reconstruction or waiting for reconstruction.

Posted on: Jul 15, 2008 09:13PM

Erica wrote:

It's been a while since I've posted any new options for breast forms or bras on my BreastFree website. I'm hoping some of you have found bras and forms you love and would be willing to share the information. I regretfully had to remove my recommendation for the Amoena Tria Plus contact form from my site, since it's being discontinued. I'd love to find a number of other options to take its place.

I've tended to focus on forms that are particularly comfortable, silicone or otherwise. I haven't specifically recommended any of the "typical" all-silicone forms, since each woman needs to find the size and shape that fits her best. But I would be very interested in hearing if any of the light-weight versions are particularly comfortable. Has anyone tried the Amoena Natura Light, which has a new kind of gel backing that's supposed to remain cooler? Someone told me the effect only lasts for a half hour or so, but I'd love to hear your experiences.

I'd also be interested if you've found a form, even if it's a "typical" all-silicone form, that you really love--perhaps because of a particularly pleasing shape, or excellent projection, or notably huggable softness. For example, does anyone have a "Silk" form from TruLife? They're advertised as feeling exceptionally nice. And are there any other good contact forms aside from those still made by Amoena?

I would also be very interested in bras or breast forms that solve specific problems. For example, if your remaining breast is very large, what works well as far as a prosthesis for the other side? Other issues might be finding forms and bras that accomodate chest pain or sensitivity. And breast forms and bras that work well for those with breast or truncal lymphedema.

Any other recommendations would be welcome, too--for camisoles, swimsuits, even great tops.

Thanks!

Barbara 

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Jul 15, 2008 09:58PM cheryl58 wrote:

Hi Barbara,

I ordered (and absolutely love!!!) the Lexie Nightgown made by Wear Ease.  I have it in black but it also comes in pink.  My husband is a lingerie fanatic and since most lingerie is very low cut to reveal breasts, this really presented a problem once I did not have any :)  Shortly after we were married, my husband bought me a black, silky "nightgown" that was very similar to the Lexie.  We recently went away for a couple nights, and I took my Lexie nightgown with me.  He just loved it and it fits like it was made just for me!!  I normally take a 4-6 and ordered a small.  The top is made to be a bit fitted (I wear my TruLife silicone forms in it) and then the skirt flares out a bit.  The other neat thing is that it is just a bit shorter in the front and a bit longer in the back.  It is so beautiful!

www.thepinkbra.com/welexie.html

 It is a little pricey ($71 at the Pink Bra, 75 at Park, and 84 at Women's Personal Health), but when I think back to the money we (he) spent at Victoria's Secret and Frederick's, this was well worth the cost.  I always (mentally) have to leave a shirt or something on when we decide to be intimate.  This solved that problem wonderfully and made me feel very sexy! 

After my bilaterals, I went through my closet and in a MAJOR temper tantrum with tears and all, threw out all my lingerie (I wasn't very adjusted to the new me just after the surgery!)  This has, once again, made me feel that sexy feeling again (you know, when you get ready and make the grand appearance...LOL).

If I think of anything else (I just went on a shopping spree for bras, etc.), I will post it.

Cheryl

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Jul 15, 2008 11:54PM caaclark wrote:

Cheryl-great to hear.  I'll have to check that out.  By the way, I did the same thing with all my old bras and victoria's secret stuff.

Barbara-I do have the Trulife Silk Connect.  It is the contact form.  It does feel really nice to the touch but I do tend to wear the Amoena Tresia Contact form more often.  I'm not sure there is a big difference visually but it seems that the Amoena matches my remaining side slightly better. The positives about the Trulife compared to Amoena would be the feel, the easy take off (sticks differently than the Amoena) it has a smoother backing compared to the Amoena so it comes off in a more gentle way.  Also the Trulife is cut a little differently and seems to fit better in my bras.  I am not sure how to explain it but it is cut so that if someone looks down my shirt they will not see the edge of the form.  With the Amoena the edge of it sometimes peeks out from the edge of the bra.  Lastly, the Trulife feels lighter so if you are looking for a lighter weight form this may be the one for you.

I hope I explained all that so that it is understandable.  My three children have been milling around me asking me questions and my 7 year old is crying over something I am unable to identify.  Good thing they are cute and I love them.

Carol Clark- Author of WHEN OUR MOM HAD CANCER Diag.1/06 at age 40, 1.6cm, 6+nodes, stage IIIa, er/pr+, her2-, chemo, mast. rads, no recon
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Jul 15, 2008 11:54PM caaclark wrote:

Cheryl-great to hear.  I'll have to check that out.  By the way, I did the same thing with all my old bras and victoria's secret stuff.

Barbara-I do have the Trulife Silk Connect.  It is the contact form.  It does feel really nice to the touch but I do tend to wear the Amoena Tresia Contact form more often.  I'm not sure there is a big difference visually but it seems that the Amoena matches my remaining side slightly better. The positives about the Trulife compared to Amoena would be the feel, the easy take off (sticks differently than the Amoena) it has a smoother backing compared to the Amoena so it comes off in a more gentle way.  Also the Trulife is cut a little differently and seems to fit better in my bras.  I am not sure how to explain it but it is cut so that if someone looks down my shirt they will not see the edge of the form.  With the Amoena the edge of it sometimes peeks out from the edge of the bra.  Lastly, the Trulife feels lighter so if you are looking for a lighter weight form this may be the one for you.

I hope I explained all that so that it is understandable.  My three children have been milling around me asking me questions and my 7 year old is crying over something I am unable to identify.  Good thing they are cute and I love them.

Carol Clark- Author of WHEN OUR MOM HAD CANCER Diag.1/06 at age 40, 1.6cm, 6+nodes, stage IIIa, er/pr+, her2-, chemo, mast. rads, no recon
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Jul 16, 2008 12:30AM BoobsinaBox wrote:

Barbara,

I'm glad you asked.  A couple of weeks ago I decided to order the Pals gel foobs.  Some of you may remember that I'd mostly not worn forms since my bilat in 2006, partly because I hated the "shape-shift" I went through every night when I had to take off the silicone foobs whch were bigger than I wanted anyhow, because the fitter insisted I wouldn't look right with anything smaller.  Lately I'd begun exploring other options I'd read about here. The silicone enhancers from Wal-Mart were just too small (foot-print-wise), so I ordered the Pals in the smallest size.  I've had them on almost constantly since they arrived, and I am thrilled.  I wear them mostly with shelf-bra camisoles or sports bras when I work out, and I even sleep in them in a cami.  I feel sexy in a way I never expected to again, and I am stunned and thrilled.  The projection is just what I wanted - maybe a 34B or 36A - and there is enough of a sticky feel to the backs that they don't move around like the enhancers I tried moved.  They are completely comfortable, not as sweaty as the silicone foobs in a mast bra, and did I mention I am thrilled with them?  By the way, I ordered the "pink" rather than two-tone,and they are almost a perfect match to my quite-pale skin.  They are soft, but they don't sag like my silicone foobs did, and I really think I've found the thing for me!  There are pictures of Pals on http://BreastFree.org under the non-silicone section.  At $50.00 plus shipping, I can order more whenever I need them! Maybe even try another size for fun.  And now I'm looking for a bathing suit for the first time in ages!

Dawn

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Jul 16, 2008 12:46AM roseg wrote:

Do the Pals all have flat backs?

I love the nightie!  I'm always looking for nighties that don't have think straps. 

Rose
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Jul 16, 2008 02:10AM BoobsinaBox wrote:

RoseG,

The Pals do have flat backs, BUT they can be carved out to whatever shape you need, See the pictures on http://BreastFree.org .  That was one of the selling points with me, but I have found that they are flexible enough that there is a small amount of suction that holds them mostly where I want them, and they fit against me pretty well, even though my right side had more tissue remaining than my left.  Each side has some bit that's concave, and that is where the suction comes in, I think.  I was amazed at how quickly I quit being aware of feeling them against my skin and began feeling like they are mine.  By the way, they work better when I don't use the cornstarch powder.

Dawn

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Jul 16, 2008 04:45AM montanagal wrote:

Hi Barbara,

  My lst prothesis is the Amoena Natura Lite.  These were the only ones my certified fitter showed me (one of the detriments of not living in the Big City), so don't know what stock she carried.  But from some research I knew that Amoena was a top brand.  I tried on a lot of bras and decided on the Amoena #2126.  The form in size 5 is a perfect fit the the 36B bra.  I used to be a 36C, so at first I wasn't thrilled going down a size, but the fitter said I had a small frame and I will admit since my weight is going down, I am beginning to feel a little younger with smaller breastsSmile.  This combination is extremely comfortable once I get used the the initial weight of putting it on since most of the time at home I go breast free. It is very reaslistic in feel.  Even at 4 months, my scar line is still very tender, but it a way, the pressure against my chest with this forms feels rather good.  I can't compare this to other silicone forms as far a coolness goes, but when I take them off, they are body temperature.  I hope these 'heating pads" work during the winter!  Because I live on a ranch, I wanted something to stay a little cooler during the summer but still have some protection, so I just got the Amoena 126's in a size 7 which aside from a little extra under the arms, fit in the 34B bra.  (according to Amoena and others on the board, these run small).  The most comfortable fit of these was to put them in a 34C mast bra, pinned toward the center so I wouldn't feel them in the underarm area.  They are not a smooth fit this way, but unless my top is tight, they look okay.  They basically have no weight, and so far they don't ride up.

2- 2006 TAH /BSO - Endometrial Cancer---DCIS Grade 2, Bilateral 2-08, No Recon
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Jul 16, 2008 04:06PM - edited Jul 16, 2008 04:08PM by Erica

Thanks for all the feedback!

Cheryl,  

The Lexie looks gorgeous. I showed it to my husband and he approved!! I'll find a place to recommend it on my site--anything that restores our sexy feelings is good.

I've only recently noticed the Pink Bra site. Have you found them good to work with? If so, I'll consider adding a link to their site on BreastFree.

Carol,

Thanks for the input on the Silk Connect. Glad you were able to report on it in the midst of three cute kids. My two are grown up now (26 and 22), but I remember well how they used to sense just when I was trying to concentrate and come up with all sorts of needs/requests.

Dawn,

I'm absolutely thrilled that the Pals have made such a difference to you. As you know, they're already recommended on my site, but I haven't had much feedback about them, so it's great to know they work so well for you. 

I have a few questions about them. You said you use them with shelf-bra camisoles--do you use non-pocketed camis or ones with pockets? If you use regular, non-pocketed camis, I assume they're pretty supportive ones (as the Pals do have some weight to them)? Regarding not using the cornstarch powder, do you store them without powder, too? Or do you dust them with powder before you put them away and then rinse them off before you use them? Also, how do you store them? The mineral oil with which they're infused (and which makes them feel so nice against the skin) can leave a mark on wood, so I've always stored mine in ziploc bags, but I'm not sure that's the best solution.

montanagal,

Thanks for your feedback about the Natura form. I've tried one on and it feels nice, but I didn't have it on long enough to evaluate it for temperature control. You mention that when you take them off, they're body temperature. I guess my question would be whether your chest perspires with them on. With regular silicone forms, my chest often perspires (even though I'm normally not prone to perspiration). I think a lot of women would like to find a form that decreased that problem.

I know what you mean about feeling protected with forms on and liking the pressure of something against your chest. Though I no longer have sensitivity, I still prefer to have something against my chest, too.

Barbara 

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Jul 16, 2008 05:31PM montanagal wrote:

Re: The Amoena Natura form.  I do were them in a mastetomy bra and haven't noticed any chest perspiration at all.  Like you, I don't prespire a lot, but I could see how a form against the body could easily create a minnie greenhouse under it.

2- 2006 TAH /BSO - Endometrial Cancer---DCIS Grade 2, Bilateral 2-08, No Recon
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Jul 17, 2008 04:57AM BoobsinaBox wrote:

Barbara,

I'm sorry to be so late getting back to you, but this was a very busy day for us.  I use ordinary shelf-camisoles. The Pals I got are not very heavy, certainly much lighter than the silicone ones that cost 6 times as much or more.  I wear them next to my skin, and that keeps them pretty well in place (except for one brand of camisole that is looser than the others).  This is sort of embarrassing, but I like them so well that I have not stored them at all.  I have had them on in a camisole constantly except for when I shower.  At that point I take them off, wash them, pat them dry, powder them, if I am going to, and lay then nipple-down on a pilow until after my shower, when I put them back in another camisole.  I wear a camisole at night, because I really like having them with me.  It gets rid of the "shape-shifting" issue that was always such a problem for me.  If I were going to store them, I would use the plastic bags you suggested (they came in plastic bags, so I guess that's a good way to store them) with some cornstarch powder.  (I use Johnson & Johnson baby powder, pure cornstarch with aloe and Vitamin E.)  I may not feel this way about them forever, but right now, maybe I could call them "out-plants" - over against implants - and they ARE my boobs!  If I can lose another 10-15 pounds, I'll send you a picture of how they look on me in a camisole!  Thanks again for all the info you collect and make readily available to all of us.  Your site has been a Godsend to me!

Dawn

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Jul 17, 2008 10:41PM - edited Jul 17, 2008 10:45PM by Binney4

Hi, Barbara,

Forgive me if I'm behind on these suggestions, but it's been a busy couple of weeks for me. Brain drain!

Anyhow, two thoughts:

Is there a page on breastfree.org that lists resources for free prostheses? Had a woman looking for one the other day, and her local ACS didn't have anything to offer (?)

Have you already seen and listed these one-breasted fashions: http://www.chikaradesign.com./ Nice, but pricey.

I have my fitter working on getting me the light-weight forms you suggested, by the way. Thanks!

Binney 

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Jul 18, 2008 10:01AM starzhere wrote:

The clothes on the Chikara site are really cool!

I'm wondering, for anyone who has ordered the Pals, if you had any trouble ordering the right fit when you only need one.  I'm a 34D.

 ~elaine~

Dx 10/31/1989, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/12 nodes, ER-/PR-
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Jul 18, 2008 01:33PM - edited Jul 18, 2008 01:36PM by Erica

Binney,

I really haven't focused on resources for free prostheses, and I should. I recently gave some small puffies and another form that's too small for me to a friend from Guatemala who knows someone there who wears an A cup and can't afford anything. Yesterday, my friend told me that her friend was ecstatic--that it's made all the difference to her (she was stuffing a sock into her bra). It was such a small thing, yet felt really wonderful to help. If you or others could set me on the right path about where to find such resources (at least for the US and Canada), I would definitely include that on BreastFree.

I checked out the chikara site. They are great looking clothes. I'll include them, too, in the section where I discuss going form-free. 

Elaine,

I think Pals will work with you to find the right size. After reading Dawn's posts about the Pals forms, I called them up yesterday. I have a pair of Pals triangles in the smallest size they make, but they're still a little too big for me. I was calling to see if either of their other options--the "raindrop" or "teardrop"--might work better. To my surprise, the person I spoke with said they would make me a custom pair for only $10 more than the $50/pair price. PLUS, if the custom pair still doesn't fit, they'll work with me until it does, at no extra cost. She's going to make me a pair of triangles in one-half size smaller than their smallest size.

I would suggest starting by ordering a standard pair of Pals in what you think will be the right size for you. When it arrives, "try" it while it's still in the clear plastic bag in which it comes. If it's not right, you can exchange it and perhaps at that point, ask them to customize it for you.

When I spoke with the salesperson yesterday, I told her about the BreastFree site and she said that if anyone calls and mentions the site, she'll give them $5 off the price! It's a small family-run business, so I think she's the only person who takes orders, so hopefully if you call, they will honor that promise. 

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Jul 18, 2008 02:01PM BoobsinaBox wrote:

Elaine,

Pals come in pairs, but at $50.00 (or $60 or whatever, as the price increases with the size) they are still a bargain, compared with the silicone foobs.  It would give you a spare, in case of an accident or loss.  I've been thinking of ordering a second pair so I could have a spare set. 

Barbara,

Thanks for the information.  These people really have a heart and a good product!

Dawn

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Jul 18, 2008 06:10PM - edited Jul 18, 2008 06:11PM by hotsyta

I am interested in purchasing a set of prostheses.  What a daunting task!!  I have "tried on" the amoena Contact Lite, Natura, Climate, as well as the tria plus.  I like the tria plus the best because the sales person told me I would get better ventilation.  I live in a hot climate and I think ventilation would be very good.  I have some issues with plastic tape--it breaks me out.  Paper tape does not.  I really wanted the contact type because I am active mom of two under 8 years and I HATE worrying that someone will be able to see my scars down my shirt when I bend over--as they can now!  So I wanted to know if anyone with slightly sensitive skin has been able to use the contact type products and if anyone with the non-contact type forms have had good experiences with bending over and not having the forms show.--Like when you are playing pool.  Also if you have the contact type and start to sweat profusely, because it's 114 degrees, does the form fall off?

Thanks!!

TaLaughing 

Dx 5/18/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, 3/18 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 18, 2008 06:59PM caaclark wrote:

I have a contact form and in the past have had sensitive skin and reactions to tape and band aids.  The contact form does not bother me at all.  I love the contact form for many reasons, including the fact that they don't pull away and show scars.  I have never notice the form losing it's grip when sweating.  I know what you mean about the kid thing.  I also have young children-ages 7, 9 and 11.  I hope someone else comes along who also has experience with contact forms.

Carol Clark- Author of WHEN OUR MOM HAD CANCER Diag.1/06 at age 40, 1.6cm, 6+nodes, stage IIIa, er/pr+, her2-, chemo, mast. rads, no recon
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Jul 19, 2008 08:15AM starzhere wrote:

Thanks for the info, Barb.  I think I'll call the store and ask for help.

Ta, you probably wouldn't want to do this everyday, but I use double stick tape along the edges of my tops when I don't want them to gape open.  I usually use it for lower cut V tops.  I've seen the tape in the bra dept. at Walmart.  I got mine at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

 ~elaine~

Dx 10/31/1989, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/12 nodes, ER-/PR-
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Jul 19, 2008 01:56PM caaclark wrote:

I also use fashion tape-probably just about every day.  I put the tape on my bra straps and then stick the shirt to that.  Then you can still wear a v-neck but the tape holds the shirt in place.  It works really well with tank tops that I wear this time of year.  I get mine at Victoria's Secret- $10 for a package of about 40 strips.  I buy 4 packages at a time so that I always have a supply.  I keep one in my purse, one in my bathroom, one in the car and then I have an extra on standby just in case I lose one of the other ones.  I know...insane.

Carol Clark- Author of WHEN OUR MOM HAD CANCER Diag.1/06 at age 40, 1.6cm, 6+nodes, stage IIIa, er/pr+, her2-, chemo, mast. rads, no recon
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Jul 20, 2008 05:46PM roseg wrote:

My PALs enhancers came yesterday. Now I want to carve out the back so they fit like a shaper over my reconstructed side. I just love the nipples, they're perfect.

Anybody got any hints on carving or shaping them? I'd like a nice smooth surface.  I assume if you dust the carved out part with cornstartch that they aren't sticky. I'm wondering about a box cutter. I also need to thin the edges out some.  

Rose
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Jul 20, 2008 08:46PM - edited Jul 23, 2008 08:59PM by Erica

Rose,

I'm not sure how it was done, but if you check this link--Pals breast forms--in the Photographs section of BreastFree.org, you can see how the form looks after the back has beenn scooped or carved out. If that doesn't give you any ideas about how to do it, why don't you call Pals directly. Hopefully, they would have some suggestions.

Please let us know what you come up with!

Barbara 

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Jul 20, 2008 10:41PM wishiwere wrote:

Okay....question for you all..... I'm not currently using a breast form of any sort, but am thinking it might be a good idea if and when I go back to work.  Currently not working, so am going au natural.

Does insurance pay for breast forms and if so, do they pay for the enhancers to match up the other breast?  I've had a mast, but the other side is less than formed if you get my drift from age and good ol' gravity, so I'm thinking they wouldn't match if I did use one.

My biggest question is the insurance.  I thougth I read somewhere, some time, or heard, that if you go with forms, then they (the insurance) wouldn't have to pay for a recon down the road, if you later chose that.  I'm still tossing that idea around, but not anywhere near the idea, and haven't spent any time even researching it other than reading post on others situations.

Any ideas out there?

wishiwere~ Path read stage 1C- 1st Primary was IDC w/DCIS 1.4 cm, ER/PR+ & HER2- Dx 9/21/2007, ILC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 20, 2008 11:52PM roseg wrote:

I don't really see myself having a conversation with Pals during the day (from work Embarassed) so I sent an email asking the very same questions -- and will let you know!
Rose
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Jul 20, 2008 11:58PM - edited Apr 29, 2009 03:43PM by yellowrose

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Jul 23, 2008 10:12PM Erica wrote:

I'm in the process of making some changes and additions on the BreastFree.org website.

cheryl,

I've added your feedback about the Lexie to the Living Breast-Free page of my website, with a link. 

binney,

I added Chikara Design to the Going Form-Free section. 

yellowrose,

I've added a paragraph in the Special Post-Mastectomy Issues section of BreastFree, based on your comments. I didn't include the specific bras, but I assume that most large-breasted women already have large bras which they could retro-fit by sewing an pocket into the mastectomy side? I hope you're feeling comfortable in your Tri Basic Lite.

montanagal and caaclark

I plan to add Silk Connect and Natura Light as options in the Breast Forms section, under Silicone Breast Forms (haven't done it yet). These both seem like good forms that offer something a little different.

New Section on BreastFree 

I've also decided we need a new section on BreastFree--Fashion Ideas. In that section, I'll include Carol's idea for using fashion tape, and I also may include Cheryl's lingerie suggestion. Plus, I want to include specific clothing items that work well with our no-cleavage situation. For example, I like to wear Chico's traveller tank tops. They're made of an synthetic material that doesn't gap when I bend over, so I can wear low-cut tank tops without worrying about over-exposure. I'm sure others have discovered particular clothing items that work well and might help other women. Please let me know if you have ideas to contribute.

This section will be more concerned with women who wear breast forms. If anyone has suggestions for clothing that works especially well when going flat, I'll be happy to consider them for the "Going Form-Free" section.

Thanks!!! 

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Jul 24, 2008 02:44AM GrandmaWolf wrote:

Barb,

 Thanks for the tip about PALS and subsequent responses.  I ordered a pair.  Can't wait til they get here.  I tried the Amoena silcone latest and greatest temp control, yada yada, but they are so clumsy to handle.   Being a bilateral, I realize I have more choices when it comes to prothesis, and at this point the foam forms do what I need them to do. 

I will give my impression of the PALS when they arrive, but I am soooo hopeful they will be the next step up from foam.  If someone can recommend a "really" light weight silicone I'd appreciate it.

Dakota

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Jul 24, 2008 01:38PM - edited Jul 24, 2008 05:24PM by Erica

Dakota,

 I recently purchased an amazing breast form from a new company called Silique. It's a three-layer form, called Comfort-Lite--the front is silicone and looks natural like silicone, but the back is fabric, with a layer of tiny light-as-air beads in between. I don't perspire in them (I wore them this weekend in NYC, where it was 100 degrees) and they are so much lighter than any other silicone form I've found. I wear them in regular, un-pocketed bras.

I've wanted to try them out for a while before recommending them on BreastFree, to make sure they hold up. However, they do come with a warranty, so if they ruptured, I presume they would be replaced.

So far, they're holding up well. They look wonderfully natural and yet are light, light, light. It's exciting to see a new company using a different technology to meet our needs. I find that the size that fits me best is one size smaller than I'd normally wear in a silicone form. I would normally wear a size 4 in Amoena or even in Silique's other forms, but I wear the Comfort-Lite in a size 3.

So far, there don't seem to be too many online retailers that sell them and not too many fitter carry them yet. But you can currently purchase them from Smart Shop for Women, as well as TrueKare and Nearly You. By the way, they're very reasonably priced, as are Silique's other silicone forms, all of which seem comparable in quality and feel to the more expensive "mainstream" brands like Amoena or TruLife.

If you click the Silique and other links above, you can see pictures of the form.

Barbara 

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Jul 24, 2008 01:57PM - edited Apr 29, 2009 03:43PM by yellowrose

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Jul 24, 2008 02:10PM - edited Jul 24, 2008 02:11PM by Erica

Wow, yellowrose, the size thing is a dilemma for you. I can only suggest that you might want to try the largest size Comfort-Lite. As I mentioned in my post, they look bigger when worn than the size suggests. I started with a size 4 and found them too big, even though that's the size I take in their other silicone forms. Obviously, it would only be worth your trying if you were assured the form is exchangeable.

I hadn't considered the underwire aspect--of course it makes sense that with large cup sizes, most bras would have underwires. I'm finding that's true these days even for smaller sizes. It sounds as if you're like me and are searching high and low for the best options. If I hear of anything else that might suit you, I'll let you know. One thing--Silique has another new form which they don't seem to be marketing yet. It's non-silicone, soft yet virtually weightless. The company allowed me to purchase a pair to try out and I've found they run really big. The size 4s were enormous on me and even the size 3s were way too big. I've asked if I can exchange them for size 2s. So, perhaps in those forms, called FabuForms, a size 11 would work well for you. I'll keep you posted about them--hoping they'll be on the market soon.

Barbara 

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Jul 24, 2008 07:19PM lvtwoqlt wrote:

I had reconstruction after my bilat mast but was checking this out for my mom who had single mast in 2001 and cannot find a breast form that matches her 'saggy' 69 yr old boob. I will see if she will go to a different fitter and check out some of these options. The fitter she has gone to previously doesn't seem to have a wide variety of forms available.

Wishiwere, In 2005 I had a lumpectomy for ADH on my left breast that left me extremly lopsided (a-cup/c-cup) my insurance paid for enhancer forms to fill out my small boob to match my large boob as well as the pocketed bras to put the enhancer in. Last year I was dx with DCIS in the right and opted for bilat mast with recon. My insurance paid for the recon. So I am donating my breast forms to the fitter that I got them from for her 'donation closet'. She will give them to women who don't have insurance but need the forms.

Sheila

Women are like tea bags, we don't know how strong we are until we were thrown into hot water. Eleanore Roosevelt Diagnosed ADH Feb 2005, ADH Sept 2006 Surgery 2/12/2005 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 9/10/2006 Lumpectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 10/12/2006 Dx 4/27/2007, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/7 nodes Surgery 6/1/2007 Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Jul 24, 2008 09:49PM - edited Jul 24, 2008 09:50PM by mthomp2020

Barbara, how does the Silique form compare sizewise to your Airway form that has the backing?  My form is an Airway as well.  It matches my remaining breast well in size, but I do get damp wearing it during the summer, so I'd like to get one with comfort backing.  I wear a 4 in the Airway SoftLite.  So I guess I'd take a 3 from what you're saying?  The Silique sounds like it would be a good choice.

Marsha Dx 5/21/2007, IDC, Stage IV, Grade 3, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+

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