If breast reconstruction isn’t right for you, we can provide you with an artificial breast prosthesis — an insert that you can tuck into a bra — so that your breasts look symmetrical. Breast prostheses are available in different materials (silicone gel, foam, and fiberfill) and textures (firm, medium, and soft). Sizes, shapes, and skin tones vary widely.

We can place prostheses in a special pocket of a bra or bathing suit. When properly fitted and weighted, prostheses allow you to have correct posture. Custom-made prostheses are also available.

You can find breast prostheses several ways:

  • Visit the boutique at MSK’s Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center.
  • Ask your doctor or nurse for referrals to stores.
  • Call or visit your local American Cancer Society office.

These stores specialize in breast prostheses and postmastectomy bras. They usually have experienced and sensitive salespeople who can help you find the prosthesis that will be most comfortable for you.

When selecting a breast prosthesis, a fitter will help you, taking into account the type of surgery you had as well as the size, shape, and texture of your other breast. Fitters also provide instructions for how to best clean and care for the prosthesis.

Before purchasing a breast prosthesis, make sure that you have a prescription from your doctor.