Revised: Mar. 31, 2003
||Materials used in commercial breast forms||
The predominant material used in the more expensive commercial breast
forms is silicone gel inside a very thin, slick plastic shell with tapered
edges. Other materials such as rubber/latex, foam, or cotton batting are
sometimes used. Here are the main qualities of each of the types of materials
used to help in deciding if a certain material is right for you:
- The material gives the form a comparable weight, movement and
feel of a natural breast.
- The silicone can be colored; many forms of this type are available
in a variety of shades to match skin tone.
- Realistic nipples and areolas can also be produced.
- The material of this type of form warms to your body temperature
and feels very comfortable.
- Silicone can be whipped with air to produce forms just as
realistic, yet are much lighter to wear.
- It is NOT the same material that was used in breast implants. It
is similar, but the main problem with silicone implants came from
their use INSIDE the body. Even if a breast form is punctured, the
contents can not be absorbed through the skin.
- Silicone forms are expensive, ranging anywhere
from 100-450$ U.S. per form (and sometimes even more.)
- Many silicone forms come in only 1-3 color shades. While this is
still more shades than any of the other material options, people
are not limited to just a few different colors. People's skin
shades even differ with the season and the amount of sun their
skin receives...a silicone form can not adapt to these changes.
- Even given the variety of shapes, sizes and styles of silicone
breast forms, you may not be able to find the right match for an
- Possibility of built-in nipple not matching color, shape or size
of one on an existing breast.
- Built-in or attachable nipples will not react to temperature
changes (become erect) like a real nipple will, so, all other
things being equal, there may be some external visual differences between
a silicone form and an existing breast in certain circumstances.
alternative to silicone, while still retaining some of the
qualities of silicone that make it so desirable.|
still having some of the qualities of silicone to a certain
degree, rubber/latex can not dare to match the weight,
feel or movement of even the cheapest silicone forms. Some
people are allergic to rubber or latex.|
foam forms are very cheap and can even be easily homemade. Can't be punctured
or ruptured like silicone forms. Holds shape well, even in restrictive wear like
not likely have the drape, weight or movement approximating
a real breast. The primary goal of this type of form is to
approach the shape of the natural breast.|
- Very cheap and easily home made.
- Soft and comfortable against post-surgery, healing tissue.
- This type of form can be a good way to estimate what cup size
might fit best for your frame and body type.
- Can restore the visual and dimensional balance of a missing breast.
- VERY light and has no draping qualities
- Can even become lumpy or distorted over time, especially if
- This type of form will not move the way a natural breast
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