QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT MASTECTOMY FITTINGS

QUESTION

I have just been diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  What now?

ANSWER

There are several stages to the healing process after a mastectomy.  Directly after a mastectomy, the surgeon will prescribe a camisole with pockets to contain any drainage tubes.  After the surgery site has healed, the physician will prescribe a weighted or leisure breast form to restore weight and balance.  A certified fitter can help find the right products for women going thru, chemo, radiation, a lumpectomy, or reconstruction.

QUESTION

I have not healed enough to wear a bra and do not look balanced in my clothing.  What can I do to look more even in my clothing?

ANSWER

Small busy prints, dark colors, layers, flowy fabric, ruffles, and scarfs are great ways to camouflage your surgery site.  Remember you are a strong beautiful woman!

QUESTION

Why do I need a special bra and a breast form?

ANSWER

A specially fitted breast form is critical to maintaining balance.  The missing weight can cause neck, back, shoulder pain, headaches, and imbalance.  A properly fitted bra and breast form can help restore femininity to a woman's wardrobe.  Certified fitters can ensure you are wearing the right form and bra. A pocketed bra can help keep the breast form in place against the chest wall.  Breast shapes, surgery, and body types vary. An appointment should be made every two years or sooner to make sure your bra and breast form are still fitting correctly. 

ANSWER

QUESTION

I am considering having reconstruction in the future.  Will my insurance still pay for mastectomy bras and breast forms?

ANSWER

Yes, most insurance companies will still cover the cost of mastectomy supplies.  One of our friendly staff will gladly check with your insurance to verify coverage.

QUESTION

I have had a lumpectomy, and I am uneven in my clothing.  Are there any products to make me appear even?

ANSWER

They are several bras and breast forms to help even out a lumpectomy.  One of our certified fitters can help you find the proper breast form or bra to even you out from a lumpectomy.  Most insurance companies will cover the cost of lumpectomy supplies.

QUESTION

Will wearing a breast form restrict my activities?

ANSWER

No, you can participate in any activity you have always enjoyed. You may want to increase your wardrobe of mastectomy products to include a lounge bra, activity bra, activity form, and swimsuit.

QUESTION

Should I make an appointment?

ANSWER

Appointments are not necessary, but encouraged if time is an issue for you.  Our hours are Monday - Friday from 8 to 4, but appointments can be made for weekends and after hours if needed.

QUESTION

Do I need a prescription?

ANSWER

A prescription is required to be on file for us to bill insurance.  Most doctors will supply you with a prescription after your first post-op appointment.

QUESTION

Are my mastectomy products covered by insurance?

ANSWER

Most insurance companies cover the cost of mastectomy camis, bras, and breast prosthesis.  If you should have any questions about what your insurance will cover, we will gladly check your insurance for you.  Feel free to call us at (256)546-6398 or stop by our boutique and our friendly staff will gladly answer any insurance questions you may have.