How to Attach Prosthetic Breasts

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How to Attach Prosthetic Breasts
No one needs to know you're wearing a prosthetic breast. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Prosthetic breasts are forms that attach directly to the skin. A woman wears them under her bra. Some women use synthetic breast forms, typically silicone, for cosmetic reasons, to achieve the look of a fuller bust without the risks and cost of breast augmentation. Prosthetic breasts also enjoy popularity among women who have undergone mastectomies, transgendered women and women who want to achieve symmetry.

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Things you need

  • Prosthetic breast forms
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Bra one to two cup sizes larger than your regular size
  • Double-sided tape

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  1. 1

    Thoroughly clean the breast area before application so the adhesive will adhere securely to your skin and keep the prosthesis in place.

  2. 2

    Remove the backing strips if present. If your prosthesis does not have tape, apply double-sided tape to your natural breast to cover the area around your nipple.

  3. 3

    Place the prosthetic breast gently onto your skin, adjusting as necessary for coverage and comfort. Make sure the prosthetic breast covers the nipple and will not be visible in any areas of your skin that your clothing does not cover. Press firmly for at least 10 seconds to secure.

  4. 4

    Put on your bra, and adjust the straps. Lean forward to allow the prosthesis to adjust and settle properly into your bra. Adjust the bra and prosthesis both before and after you finish dressing to assure symmetry and to achieve a natural look.

Tips and warnings

  • Choose prosthetic breasts that will comfortably conform to your body to achieve a natural look.
  • A prosthesis may limit your physical activity as well as your choice of clothing.

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