View Full Version : A Swim Prosthesis that works
Jun 14, 2003, 11:59 AM
The first time I used a swim prosthesis I was attending a swim party. To my great embarrassment, this plastic prosthesis floated like a balloon -- and I quickly discover that my "breast" was rapidly moving upward toward my chin. I had a VERY short swim at that party!
Since then, Iíve discovered a great do-it-yourself swim prosthesis that works. I bought a pair of inexpensive silicone breast enhancers. I put both enhancers into the pocket in my mastectomy swim suit and the result is comfortable and pretty believable. Since the silicone dries quickly this prosthesis is also easy to care for!
Mar 29, 2005, 12:38 PM
Another thought for the upcoming summer swim season: you can buy those bath scrubbies made of nylon net that you use with body wash (they cost about a dollar apiece at a drug store or WalMart), trim them to whatever size you'd like, and pin them into your suit (or insert into a prosthesis pocket). Light weight, don't float up, and they dry real quick.
Happy summer to all,
Oct 20, 2005, 01:34 PM
RaftingRita, I've had a similar experience. I recently spent several hundred dollars on two silicon prosthetics for swimming. I wanted to join a water aerobics class for my LE. The prosthetics are hollow and they either suction cup to my chest, which makes them collapse (like my pointy bras used to do in the 60's) or capture air in the pocket. If they get air in them they take on a life of their own. The forms came with some double-sided sticky tape but I didn't try and use it. I gave up wearing anything in my swimsuit and have been going flat chested.
Thanks for the tip on breast enhancers. I bet they were a lot less expensive. They must be dense enough to stay in place.
I love your idea about using nylon scrubbies. I am going to give it a try. They are even cheaper than the breast enhancers and would be easier to pack.
Oct 20, 2005, 01:50 PM
Those silicone "breast enhancers" are still working for me; however if I wear them out, I'm going to try Cassie's scrubby idea. It sounds good to me.
Given some of the problem that I read about other people having my problem of the "floating falsey" seems pretty tame -- and the water exercise does feel good.
I enjoy your postings and the ideas are helpful. Thanks!
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