2016 Blog Posts
We often get questions like this one:
I’m hoping you can help me. Here is my problem. My right breast is considerably smaller than my left. It just never grew past about an A/B. My left is a D/DD. This has caused so much pain in my life. I have never worn a prosthetic…have used socks and shoulder pads to stuff a formed bra. Only problem is I can not swim in it! I would love to find something I can wear everyday and swim in. But it needs to fit around the size of my breast since I am not completely flat. I would like one to feel real! Not hard and stiff or slip. If I need to get a separate one for swimming then I shall. I just want to look and feel normal. Can you recommend any for me? I’ve considered surgery but the risks scare me. I would think it wouldn’t be wise to get anything really weighted due to the size. Please help!
Unfortunately, none of the enhancers are designed for as much of an increase as you are looking for… Enhancers are generally designed for a smaller increase, such as 1-2 cups, depending on your band size.
For a larger increase, such as the 3 cup increase you are looking for, I would recommend trying one of the following:
- If you prefer a light weight form (25% lighter than standard silicone triangle), I would recommend trying the Nearly Me NM-615 Personal Choice Light Weight triangle form in size 7.
- If you prefer a form which closely matches the weight of your larger breast, I would recommend the Nearly NM-610 Personal Choice Triangle form in size 7.
- Nearly Me also makes a swim form. I would recommend the NM-380 Freestyle Athletic/swim triangle form size 7.
- If you have a swimsuit which would require a lower profile form, such as an oval, rather than a triangle shaped form, you might consider the NM-320 Oval Freestyle Athletic/Swim form in size 7.
If you have a similar problem, please email customer service, with your bra band and cup size for a personalized form recommendation.
With so much more awareness about breast cancer and the costs of battling through, there are more questions about life after having a mastectomy and why breast prosthetics are important. Generally people think that just beating the cancer is struggle enough, but what many don’t realize is that life after that hard earned victory can be extremely trying as well.
Many women treated for breast cancer have had surgery to remove part or all of their breasts. Without this breast tissue, the body can get out of balance and other muscular or skeletal problems can occur as a result. A breast prosthesis is often weighted and simulates a natural breast. This can help the body remain symmetrical and maintain balance, preventing problems with posture and muscular pain. A prosthesis also helps to protect any scars or sensitive tissue on the chest.
Not only does a prosthesis have physical benefits for the body, but it has emotional ones as well. Women fight hard to beat this disease, and the lucky ones that do, through the aid of the mastectomy procedure, are often left feeling like something is missing emotionally because something was taken physically. A breast prosthesis can help you feel whole again. Women are able to wear the same clothing that they wore prior to having surgery. Because many prosthesis are weighted to feel like natural breast tissue, bras won’t ride up on one side because the prosthesis is there to keep it in place. (Bra shopping can be enough of a pain for the average woman; No one needs it to be even harder because our chest is no longer symmetrical. Thanks, I’ve got other things to worry about!)
Though women should be proud to have fought so bravely and won against breast cancer, they don’t need the world to see what they have lost under their shirt; They want people to see what they’ve gained by the smile on their face. It may seem like such a small piece when you look at the whole journey, and wearing a breast prosthesis is very personal choice, but physically and emotionally the benefits can be many.
2015 Blog Posts
We occasionally get questions on what is the best shape.
Shape is a matter of personal need and/or preference. The asymmetrical breast forms are popular with people who are lacking much natural tissue towards the underarm area, where a little natural tissue is normally found. Semi-round forms give more of a full implant look, and offer a little easier versatility in placement on the chest. The triangle is the most often chosen form, due to its design for a natural look. It has a little more taper/or drape, like a natural breast, than most of the other forms.
Our Transform Premier line has the Most realistic looking nipple you will find, with the softest, cashmere-like skin, for more natural bounce. The Premiers have a little more fullness/protrusion than some of the other Transform form. They are available in the following shapes:
- Asymmetrical: TF-100 TRANSFORM® Premier Classic
- Semi-Round: TF-99 TRANSFORM® Premier Semi-Round
- Triangle: TF-98 TRANSFORM® Premier Triangle
We also have more moderately priced forms, which are also of the highest quality, but with a more modest nipple.
TF-200 TRANSFORM® SuperSoft Classic Asymmetrical breast forms are our most popular asymmetrical form, with a more modest colored nipple and lower price.
TF-101 TRANSFORM® Natural Look Triangle breast forms are our most popular triangle form, with a more modest nipple and much lower price.
2014 Blog Posts
Q: I have always had one breast that is a little smaller than the other. Do you have something that is as soft as my real breast, which can enhance my smaller side to equal my larger side?
One of the most common problems we hear about from many of our customers is unevenness in breast size (from one side to the other), due to a lack of development on one side, or lumpectomy. The 250 Equalizer helps even out the size of the breasts, when the difference in size is modest, such as 1/2 to 1 cup size. To choose a size, look at the 250 Equalizer size chart and find your natural size (the bra band and cup size of your smaller side), and the chart will show you the (number) size of the recommended form, to give you an increase of approximately 1/2 to 1 cup size.
If you have any questions or problems trying to figure out what size is best for you, simply email customer service at [email protected]
Q: I have a little space in my bra cup that didn’t used to be there. What can I do to fix this?
The 250 Equalizer is also recommended for another common problem, which many women struggle with. Often, when women age or even shed extra pounds, they find that their bra cup may have just a little extra space in it. The modest increase of the 250 Equalizer can solve this problem easily, by filling in that little extra at the top or front of your bra cup. It is soft and comfortable, and warms to your own body temperature.
If you have any questions or problems trying to figure out what size is best for you, simply email customer service at [email protected]
2013 Blog Posts
Question Time! We get lots of questions all day long. Some of the common types of questions are shown below.
Q: I have a pair of TrueKare adhesive backed breast forms. What is a the best way to keep the adhesive so it stays on my chest?
The adhesive forms adhere best on a bare, freshly cleansed, dry chest. If a person perspires a lot, it is difficult for the forms to adhere as well as it does for a person who does not. Never use lotions or powders on your chest before applying forms. Also, be sure your forms are clean and dry.
Remember when cleaning your forms, to use a gentle soap (no detergents), or silicone breast form gentle cleanser with lukewarm/tepid water, and let air dry. If you wear the adhesive forms with hair on your chest, it should still adhere enough (depending on how much chest hair you have) to keep them from moving around inside your bra.
Q: I ordered and received the Nearly Me 390. It does not leave enough room in the back, for edges to fit snug against chest wall. I am looking at your web site and see one other option that may work for me. Nearly Me 250. Is this more concave than the NM 390? It says “contoured back,” which concerns me because that translates to flat, right? Yet it also says “fits over remaining breast tissue.” And the sizing is different. Would I still order a 7? Because the size of the NM 390 I ordered, is a 7 and would be the right size if there were more room for breast tissue in the back?
Because so many women are often shaped so differently (depending on their particular circumstances), many forms have different features designed into them, to better meet the needs of each woman. We try to give as much information on each form as possible, to make it a little less daunting to choose a form which is right for you.
Contoured does not mean flat. By definition, it means to make or shape the outline of. So, in reference to the forms, it means to meet the outline of or shape of your chest, for a better fit.
For example, even though the MVT form is more flat on back , because it has the microbeads in it, it is flexible to meet the contour or shape of your chest (for someone who doesn’t have much remaining tissue). Using the same definition (for contoured), the 250 Equalizer offers a shape that is slightly concave, with flexible edges, in order to better fit to the shape or contour of the chest with a modest amount of remaining tissue.
Therefore, the word contoured (in regards to the breast forms in general) means to fit with some flexibility (to meet your contour or shape). The different forms are designed with different features (such as micro-beads, thinner edges or differing degrees of concaveness) which offer flexibility to contour to, or meet the contour of your shape.
Sizing is different on the 250 Equalizer. It is not a full form, such as the 390 and therefore, it is not as thick. It is designed to give a more modest increase (1/2 – 1 cup) to your existing breast tissue. Again, the 250 Equalizer offers very wide flexible sides to better fit the contour of your shape.
If you tell me approx what bra band and cup size you currently are with the remaining tissue you have left, and what cup size you need to increase to, I will be happy to make a recommendation.
2012 Blog Posts
We get lots of questions on fitting and size questions. Here is a great reprint from Nearly Me on sizing and fitting breast forms.
How to Choose and Fit the Correct Breast Prosthesis and Bra
Everyone wants to look great in their clothes, and wearing the right undergarments can make all the difference in how an outer garment looks and fits. Different prosthesis styles will fit differently in different style bras. Therefore, the most important things before choosing a breast prosthesis are to fit the right bra size and choose the right bra style.
Measure yourself in the following manner to determine our approprate bra size.
Measure to Determine your Bra Band Size
- Using a tape measure, measure around the rib cage under the pectoral muscles where the natural breast tissue joins the body. Take a snug measurement. (This would be where the band of the bra fits around the chest.)
- Add 5 inches to this measurement.
- Example: Chest Measurement = 36″ Add 5″ Estimated band size = 41″
- Bra bands come only in even numbers, so this person would try on a 40 or 42 to see which works best. All bras stretch differently.
Choose a Cup Size
- The Band Size stays the same, no matter how large or small you want your breasts to be. For the size of the breasts, choose a cup size letter.
- Consider height, weight, and figure style. If you are 5’10” tall and a 42-46 bra size, generally choose a C, D, or DD cup bra. If a size 34, 36 or 38 bra, choose a cup that balances the figure like a B or C cup. If you choose a cup size that is too large for a small frame, it may be harder to buy clothes. If you choose a cup size that is too small, and you have wide shoulders, or a big waist, your forms will not fill out your clothes.
If you know your best ladies’ dress size, use the chart below to find a suggested cup size. Everyone is different, but the suggested sizes are a great place to start.
|Shirt Size||Ladies’ Dress Size||Suggested Cup Size|
|Small||0 to 2||A|
|4||A to B|
|Medium||8||B or C|
|10 to 12||C|
|Large||14||C or D|
|1X||18||D or DD|
|20 to 22||DD|
|2X||24 to 26||DD|
After you choose your cup size, use the chart below to find the corresponding breast form size. Breast form sizes vary by style with some up to size 14. See individual product descriptions. If two sizes are suggested (ie. 2/3) try both to see which fits best for you.
Bra Sizing Chart
|32 (70 cm)||34 (75 cm)||36 (80 cm)||38 (85 cm)||40 (90 cm)||42 (95 cm)||44 (100 cm)||46 (105 cm)||48 (110 cm)||50 (115 cm)|
Putting breast forms in to a regular bra
- Lengthen the bra strap on one side.
- Pull the cup away from the chest wall.
- Insert the form from the inside top of the cup. Turn the form in the direction that best fills the bra cup and looks the most natural. Repeat on the other side.
- After forms are in place, adjust the straps on each side.
- Look at the fit. Both sides should match and the bra cups should cover the prosthesis completely. The prosthesis top tapers should prevent clothing from sinking in. Each form should fill and not bulge at the top of the cup; plus, the forms should settle into the bottom of each cup. The straps should not cut into the shoulders.
- If the forms are too big, too small, or do not fill where they need to fill, try another style or size of form.
Putting breast forms in to a pocket bra
- Spread the bra out on a flat surface with the inside of the bra facing you.
- Hold the form by the edges with a flat hand so that the nipple is facing down.
- Spread the elastic on the cup and slide the form in so that the nipple faces outward.
- Adjust the form so it settles into the bottom of the cup.
- Hold the bra up with the form inside the pocket to make sure it looks correct.
- Be careful not to puncture the form or fold it. Transform and Nearly Me silicone forms are very durable, but the polyurethane skin can be punctured.