Your body has to heal. Your mind has to recover
Our Breast Forms are so comfortable, you forget you are wearing them. Looking and feeling like your old self speeds up your emotional recovery following mastectomy.
After the trauma of a cancer diagnosis and a mastectomy, the desire to get back your previous life is overwhelmingly strong.
In 2002 I had a mastectomy and a reconstruction which went very wrong indeed. All I wanted after going through my breast cancer surgery was to get my old life back. When I had recovered enough to buy an external breast prosthesis, I got a shock.
It was uncomfortable, unnaturally heavy, and didn’t match my natural breast very well. It did not feel like a part of me.
I did not want to wear such a poorly designed solution for the rest of my life.
I knew that I could never make a full mastectomy recovery wearing a heavy and poorly designed breast prosthesis. I simply had to find something better.
I was lucky. Driven by necessity, my partner Franco and I discovered the technology to make the next generation of breast forms. But we know most women can’t make their own breast forms.
We know most women will not be able to make a full mastectomy recovery if they have to wear an uncomfortable, heavy reminder of their breast cancer experience for the rest of their lives.
So we decided to make a well designed breast form. It had to be light, fit the post-operative chest landscape, replicate the natural breast, and most importantly, feel comfortable. Our mission now is to make these new breast forms available to all Australian women. That is Perfect Again.
Visit our Breast Form Studio or be home fitted by a professional Intimo Stylist.
Once comfortably fitted, you can order any of the bras we know work well with our range of External Breast Prostheses.
Julie sends between two and four Breast Form samples. You try all of them and decide which is right for you.
Credit card details are required at this stage, but no transaction is processed.
You return the samples that were not quite right and keep the one that is perfect for you. The financial transaction is processed.
As soon as the financial transaction is completed, your paperwork is generated and posted to you, including the Medicare Claim Form and how to go about obtaining the Rebate.
Once the Claim Form is submitted, you receive the refund from Medicare in about ten working days.
In the unlikely event that you would not want to proceed with the purchase of a Perfect Now Breast Form, you send everything back to Julie at the Breast Form Studio. You will only be charged postage and handling.
Dr Niamh Corduff, Breast Surgeon - Aesthetic Breast Surgery Centre
As a plastic and reconstructive breast surgeon one of the most common complaints post mastectomy that I hear is the clumsiness and unwieldiness associated with wearing an external prosthesis.
Even though the modern forms are weighted to match the approximate weight of the lost breast it is not held attached to the musculature of the chest wall, it sits free in a bra with the fulcrum at the shoulder.
It thus feels much heavier that the natural breast and has a tendency to sit out from the chest wall, giving the dreaded gape in summer clothing.
Julie, having learned through her own experiences, has developed a prosthesis individually moulded to the chest wall so that it does not tend to fall away. Being much lighter, the percieved weight is more balanced to the natural side.
The Perfect Again lightweight breast form is a clever design that avoids many of the problems associated with external breast prostheses.
Barbara Vallance, Physiotherapist
As a Physiotherapist, I have followed many women’s post mastectomy journeys as well as their physical and emotional challenges and triumphs along the way.
It is always fulfilling / satisfying to see women’s wellbeing, body image and self-esteem greatly enhanced by their ability to return as quickly as possible to their previous lifestyle, creational and sporting activities.
Julie’s “Perfect Again” custom-made lightweight breast form will give women this opportunity as it will allow them to “feel and look normal” as opposed to the constant awareness of a heavier cumbersome breast form.
Julie’s vision and passion, combined with her first-hand experience of her own mastectomy and artistic background in developing this breast form is a true “gift” to women.
Many women all over the world will be eternally grateful to Julie for her expertise in researching and producing this affordable and extremely professionally made breast form allowing an earlier transition back to a happy and fulfilling life.
Best wishes, Barb Vallance
Dr Mike Birrell, MBBS FRACGP OAM - General Practitioner
In 1999 I met Julie Brand and in 2002 I went through the diagnosis of breast cancer, her mastectomy and failure of her breast reconstruction as her GP and as a friend. Quite early on in this litany of negative experiences she stated to me “I’m going to treat my breast cancer as a new adventure”.
I was in awe of her positivity and with her artistic mind she challenged the age old assumption that a breast prosthesis needed to weigh the same as it’s companion.
Julie wore her traditional prosthesis for only a few days until, together with her partner, they customised their first “Breast Form” that was identical in shape to her remaining breast but using lightweight materials which sat snugly in her bra and did not make its presence felt every time she moved.
This does seem so simple and sensible, but it takes a visionary that has undertaken the voyage to push through tradition and come up with a more practical approach. Breast cancer sufferers world-wide may well be the beneficiaries of her ingenuity!
Well done Julie!! The adventure continues!!