Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Most Common Breast Form Questions from Crossdressers

Here at we spend a lot of time on the phone and email answering customer and potential customer queries regarding products and their suitability as a solution. Many of these questions are about breast forms, one of the staples of many crossdressers. Since many of the same questions are repeated on a daily basis we thought we would publish the most common one’s along with our answers to help those in the midst of doing their research. From the subject of sizeing, to sleeping in forms to reasons for the wide range in prices we’ll cover it here:

Question: “Why is there such a large range in breast form prices?”
There are a number of factors at play here but mainly it is due to the manufacturing country of origin and also if it is a specialist prosthesis or a mass-produced silicone form. Many of the breast forms you will see on sale all over the internet these days are the cheaper Chinese silicone one’s. Though no where near as soft or durable as a pair of German or U.S. silicone forms it’s hard to argue with prices like the Wider Full Teardrop breast forms starting from $19.95 a pair; especially if you are an occasional dresser or someone on a budget. Super-soft silicone forms from Germany will attract a premium as they are much more accurate in terms of color, weight and sizing as they are made to strict mastectomy standards. No matter what you hear – Chinese forms are not made in mastectomy labs. Products like the Real Breast are high-end prosthetics starting at $750 and are by far the best visually of anything on the market. These are a specialist prosthetic hence the ticket price!

Question: “Can I sleep in my breast forms?”
All manufacturers of traditional gel-silicone breast forms will say no. Gel-silicone forms are soft gel protected by an outer PU plastic skin-like shell which has a seam running all the way around the perimeter. Too much pressure on the form like lying on the form will over time weaken the seam and lead to a puncture or burst. We know many customers that do sleep in their forms – they just make sure they sleep on their back or side so weight is not transferred onto the forms. However many crossdressers will use silicone forms for daytime wear and have a second pair of sleep forms in foam or a pair of specialist one’s like Pals Breast Forms that are intended to be slept in.

Question: “Can I fix my silicone-gel breast form if it gets a puncture?”
If you have a large gash in the form then probably no, but most breaches are just a small puncture from a sharp edge like a piece of jewelry. Just be sure to place forms back in their box after use to minimize chance of accidental damage when not in use. Also, put breast forms on before dressing in jewelry or false nails to reduce the chance of damage. There are 2 solutions we know that work well for such repairs: one is very thin yet strong Tegaderm sheets that is great for patching and can be purchased at many pharmacists. The other is a liquid clear silicone adhesive sealant available at automotive supply stores called Permatex. Read our longer article on Silicone Breast Form Repair Tips for instructions on how to use these products on your breast forms.

Question: “Will the use of adhesives damage my breast forms?”
If you use medically approved adhesives and removers, follow the easy application and removal instructions then no. send instructions with every pair of breast forms. These tell you the correct way to care for them and how to use adhesives and remover. You must use medical adhesive like Hollister Adhesive in the spray can, intended for use with such a prosthetic and the skin for 2 reasons: firstly, they will not damage the breast form and secondly they will not harm your skin.  If you are heavy-handed with the breast when removing you can damage the forms; always peel away from the skin slowly holding the form close to the skin to reduce pulling on the form. Treat a breast form as though it was a delicate part of your body and you will have no problems.

Question: “Which bras do you recommend for use with breast forms?”
For silicone breast forms we recommend our sheer pocket‘Jiggle’ bras that have been made to hold the forms in place securely, create the illusion of the forms being part of the body and allow for movement/jiggle as you move. Otherwise you should use a regular underwire bra to secure the forms to the chest as well as possible. Some folk attach a piece of 2 sided breast form adhesive tape to the top of the form so it stays in place if you bend forward. Bear in mind if you use larger cup forms you may well need a fuller cup bra and one with wider shoulder straps. Also, stay clear of padded bras when using forms as it then throws off the sizing and fit.

Those are the most common breast form related questions we are asked. We do of course receive many more relating to sizing, recommended shape, our own personal favorite’s etc . Many answers are on the website and in the LearningCenter section of the website but feel free to call us on 1-888 721 8688 seven days a week if you have questions we can help you with.

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