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What can I do if my breast prosthesis gets damaged?

What can I do if my breast prosthesis gets damaged?

Exchange it: Breast implants are not designed to last forever although recent advancements have made them not only safer but also more durable. If something does happen to your implant, it is relatively straightforward to simply exchange out that damaged implant with a new one. Some patients will opt to change out both if the implants have been in for an extended time but that is not always necessary. ...Read more

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Prosthesis (Definition)

A prosthesis is an artificial substitute for a missing part of the body. Examples would be an artifical ...Read more


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How does a permanent breast prosthesis feel?

How does a permanent breast prosthesis feel?

Depends: Regular saline or silicone gel implants feel alright. Some women say they feel somewhat heavy, but this may be due to going from no breast to a reconstructed breast literally within hours. More cohesive silicone gel implants feel more firm than regular breast tissue. ...Read more

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How should I clean and care for my breast prosthesis?

How should I clean and care for my breast prosthesis?

Breast prosthesis: There are several types made of different materials. Yours should have come with an instruction manual. If not, call the prosthetics shop and get one or get specific instructions for your model. ...Read more

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What are the advantages of getting a breast prosthesis?

Psychological: If a woman is not ready or not interested in breast reconstruction an external prosthesis is often a simple solution to wardrobe problems and social situations. Modern breast reconstruction should always be thoroughly discussed as an option. ...Read more

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What should I expect during my breast prosthesis testing appointment?

What should I expect during my breast prosthesis testing appointment?

Find the right size: You will be wearing a bra and different sizes of prosthesis will be fitted until one matches you opposite breast volume. ...Read more

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How soon after my surgery can I start wearing a breast prosthesis?

Depends: That really depends on what kind of surgery you had. Generally speaking healing takes 4-6 weeks. If you had a mastectomy you should be good to go by then. Radiation may change that answer. There are a lot of variables! ...Read more

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How long do breast prostheses last?

Depends on the wear : The prosthesis are made of artificial material and are subject to wear and tear. They are subject to trauma also. Usually, the insurance companies have rules about paying for prosthesis every few years. ...Read more

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How badly is breast implant pain?

How badly is breast implant pain?

Not so bad: right after surgery, most patients feel tightness more than pain. There have been no room for the implant and it was pushed in a created space. It take some time for the breast to relax but it is usually not too bed. Most of my patients go back to work a few days later. ...Read more

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Can a breast implant last for life?

Can a breast implant last for life?

Limited duration: Breast implants do not last forever. The average duration of an implant is about 12 - 14 years. The outer shell becomes more brittle as they age, and eventually, a crack will form. This leads to deflation / leakage and the need for replacement. ...Read more

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