I'm using a new adhesive and a slightly new method for attaching breast forms. I've been doing it this way for about a year now and it works great. Those who have written me in the past year have been generous enough to test these suggestions (and a few others) out. Your experiences and comments have been invaluable. Thank you so much!
I have switched from Telesis to Factor II. The Factor II adhesive is the same type as Telesis; silicon based, PSAs (pressure sensitive adhesives). I'm still a Telesis fan and use it for other things but I must confess that I had the occasional breast attachment failure while using it. For the past year, the Factor II adhesive has been 100% reliable for the heavier breastplate I now use. Factor II adhesive is about half the cost of compariable products from Telesis. Cost isn't the big concern here. No one wants their breast forms to start slipping around when you are at work or walking down the street. But with Factor II you get both improved quality and better prices.
The adhesive I've been using is Factor II's B-400 Medical Adhesive. Factor II uses the last digit of their product code for the size: B-400 is one ounce., B-401 is two ounces, and B-402 is their largest size, sixteen ounces. The B-400 one-ounce bottle sells for $20.95. For comparison, a one-half-ounce bottle of Telesis 5 sells for $19.95. Both Telesis and Factor II offer price reductions of about 50% if you buy larger bottles. Factor II's B-402 (sixteen ounces) sells for $175.95, which comes to about $11 an ounce. Telesis sells their sixteen-ounce bottle of '5' for $370, which comes to $23.13 an ounce.
Even though Factor II has been around since 1978, they are not as well known in this market as Telesis, so you might have problems finding it in your local makeup shops. I order directly from Factor II and have found them to ship promptly.
Properties of Adhesives
The dissolved solids in the adhesive do the actual work of sticking the forms to your skin. It's natural to assume that the more solids in the bottle, the better the grip. But it turns out that, in practice, this isn't always the case. And the only way to find out whether more or less solid is better for you is to try it out and see.
I've always been interested in trying a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) with more dissolved solids to see if the grip is even better. Factor II's B-400 line has 24-26% solids; the rest is solvent. They also have a B-460 line (same sizes, B-460, B-461, and B-462) with 32-34% solids, and they report that it has a higher tack. My bottle of B-402 is almost gone, and I already have a replacement bottle of B-462 ready to go, so I'll let you know how it works after I give it a good field testing. The B-460 line is slightly more expensive, as you would expect. The 1 oz. bottle (B-460) is slightly more expensive ($23.95) than the B-400 and the 16 oz. bottle (B-462) sells for $185.95.
I've been able to use the Telesis thinners and Super Solv with the Factor II adhesives, which is good because I have many of them. Factor II also makes an adhesive remover which I haven't tried. I'd love to hear what you think of it if you have any experience with it!
The biggest change in how I attach my forms is using Zinc oxide (ZnO) powder as an adhesive base. ZnO works superbly, much better than Skin Tac wipes or Telesis's "Top Guard ." Using deodorant the night before is also a big help. Here is my current procedure:
- Start the night before. Remove any chest hair.
- Apply antiperspirant to the chest area. I recommend Certain Dri Roll-On. All antiperspirants work better if you apply them the night before. See this article for more information.
- Mark the location of the breast form on your skin. This is an optional step. I no longer do this since I have worn mine often enough to know where it will end up. There are various ways to mark the location of the breast form on your skin. You can hold the breast forms on your chest and mark them with a white makeup pencil, or hold the forms on your chest and use powder to create an outline. Or some other way. Do what works best for you.
- Apply your PSA of choice around the edges of the breast form. If you use a breastplate, you might add some on the cleavage line between the breasts. With PSAs, there is plenty of time to attach the form; you don't need to be in a hurry. You could put the adhesive on your form the day before, and it will work fine the next day, or in a week, for that matter. I usually apply the glue when I'm about half-way done with my makeup. So this step could be placed anywhere, really.
- When you are ready to apply your breast forms, clean the area with alcohol.
- Optionally apply more antiperspirant and wait for it to dry. I don't do this, but people with heavy perspiration have written to me that they find this an essential step.
- Apply ZnO powder to the area where your breast forms will be. I usually smear it all over the area with a makeup sponge. Then wash your hands carefully. ZnO is sticky and will adhere to your breast forms, making them look less than attractive.
If you use ZnO, washing your hands before putting on your forms is crucial.
- Apply the breast forms, pressing firmly.
- Have a nice time. (This is a non-optional step.)
Please let me know how this works for you. So far, everyone who has tried it has found it much better than other methods. I always welcome questions and comments, so please feel free to message me on Twitter