Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among U.S. women with more than 250,000 new cases expected to be diagnosed in 2017, according to the American Cancer Society.
In many cases, a mastectomy is performed, removing all breast tissue as a way to treat or prevent breast cancer. Breast reconstruction surgery can be performed immediately after the mastectomy occurs or months later, depending on treatment circumstances.
Some women may decide against breast reconstruction surgery for a variety of reasons but want an alternative to aid their posture and restore balance.
“Breast forms” are a popular but oftentimes pricey option. These prosthetics — typically foam or silicone — are specially fitted and either worn inside a bra or attached to the chest designed to mimic the feel and appearance of natural breasts.
Knitted implants have gained popularity as a lightweight alternative to prosthetic breast forms, which some women find uncomfortable or too expensive. These specially crocheted implants are customizable and adjustable, as they come with removable stuffing.
Tattoos, meanwhile, have become an increasingly popular choice for women looking to restore their areolas or who simply wish to cover mastectomy scars. Some tattoo artists have even launched businesses specializing in post-mastectomy tattooing.