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A pair of breast prostheses with glued on nipples

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Breast prostheses are breast forms intended to simulate breasts. There are a number of materials and designs. The most common construction is silicone gel in a plastic skin.

Mastectomy use

Their primary use is as an alternative to, or a stopgap measure until, plastic surgery to reconstruct a breast after mastectomy - usually a consequence of cancer.[1],[2]

Cross-dressing use

Many male to female cross-dressers use breast prostheses in order to create the illusion of female breasts. They are sometimes combined with cleavage enhancement techniques when used with clothing with low necklines.

Shapes

Different shapes of prostheses are used to suit the extent of breast tissue removal or the shape of a crossdresser's chest. Asymmetric breast forms (see photo) incorporate an extension towards the armpit to replicate the shape of the tail of Spence, while symmetric (triangle or teardrop) prostheses do not incorporate that extension.

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