It is important to look after your prosthesis to prevent damage. Treat it as you would your own skin. Handle it gently, washing it daily with soap and water and drying it carefully. When you are not wearing it store it in its original box away from direct heat.
If you have an adhesive prosthesis it must be cleaned thoroughly using only the solution provided. When you run out you will need to buy more as replacement solution is not available on the NHS. You must not use soap and water to clean this prosthesis as this destroys the adhesive and they cannot be replaced because of damaged adhesive.
Take care not to catch the prosthesis with sharp objects such as rings or brooches as these may damage it causing the silicone to leak. If it is damaged you can seal the tear with a sticking plaster until you can seek advice from the Appliance Officer.
What about taking part in sports etc?
There is no need to stop taking part in any activity or sport that you enjoy; this includes making love, swimming etc, although you may be nervous about this at first. The prosthesis will not be damaged by any of these activities and if you wear a good supportive bra such as a sports bra, then the prosthesis should not move around when you are doing anything energetic. You may find that pockets fitted to your bra will help you feel more secure.
Mastectomy swimsuits are available with pockets already fitted to hold your prosthesis in place but these can be more expensive. The Appliance Officer can arrange for you to have pockets fitted to a standard good quality swimsuit.
A swimsuit with a built in cup is best for this. Your prosthesis is waterproof and neither chlorine nor salt water will harm it. Some women prefer to wear a foam shape for swimming or sunbathing as these are lighter and may be more comfortable in hotter climates. These can be bought from Peacock’s.
Care must be taken when wearing an adhesive prosthesis as sun creams or suntan oils, even in the pool, can affect its stickiness.