Our post-mastectomy products help restore your body shape and conceal your surgical site without having to undergo reconstructive surgery. Our breast forms and bras are designed to mimic the shape and size of your natural breasts. There are several products and brands to choose from, so we suggest scheduling an appointment with our mastectomy team to help you find the perfect mastectomy camisole, bra, or breast form for you.
We understand that this can be an overwhelming process post-mastectomy, and we’re here to guide you through the options and answer any questions you may have about your new breast forms.
Mastectomy Bra FAQs
What is a breast form and how long will it last?
A breast form (prosthesis) is a soft silicone-molded form designed to recreate the natural appearance and gentle movement of a woman’s breast. Silicone is the most lifelike substance available that mimics the weight and volume of flesh. Silicone forms can last several years with proper care and most come with two-year warranties.
Most breast forms are worn in a pocket that is sewn into your bra. There are also breast forms designed to adhere to the chest wall and form an even more seamless and natural look.
The breast form is weighted to restore balance, help maintain shoulder posture, and increase physical comfort. There are several different styles and shapes of breast forms, including fiberfill puffs and lighter weight forms available for lounge and leisurewear.
The cost of an average breast form is between $250-$450.
How will I be fitted?
In a completely private consultation, one of our trained specialists will discuss and display the products available to you. A properly fitted bra is the single most important feature and we’ll take measurements to ensure a good fit.
Your fitting will last about an hour. This should allow you ample time to learn about your options, be fitted, and ask any questions you may have about the process.
Every mastectomy site is completely unique, which means that every fitting is unique as well. We work with our patients to ensure that they are completely comfortable and satisfied with their breast forms and mastectomy bras. We take the time to ensure that you’re 100% satisfied because we know how important a good fit is to your self-esteem and overall quality of life.
How much does a breast form cost? Will insurance pay for my breast form?
Silicone gel breast forms typically range from $250 – $450, depending on the style and manufacturer.
Insurance coverage varies, but Medicare and many private insurance companies pay a portion if not all of the cost of the prosthesis and two surgical bras. Our staff will be glad to assist you in filling out your claim forms. It has been our experience that Medicare and other private insurance companies that offer this coverage will allow replacement forms after two years or for medical reasons.
Do I need a prescription for a breast form or a mastectomy bra in Arkansas?
Most insurance companies require a doctor’s prescription to accompany the completed insurance form. You can bring a prescription with you, or we can call your doctor’s office and request one. We do not require a prescription for you to purchase a breast form or surgical bras if we are not helping you file your insurance claim.
Caring for Your Breast Form
Types of Mastectomy Prosthesis
The breast forms used by Horton’s Orthotics and Prosthetics feature soft silicone-molded materials that are gentle on your skin. These forms typically rest inside a bra pocket, though they can stick to your chest wall with adhesive if needed. For athletic activities, specialty products–such as a swimsuit with waterproof breast forms–are available.
Most insurances that offer coverage for post-mastectomy products will cover the cost of your prosthesis (breast form) and two mastectomy bras.
How to Care for Mastectomy Bras, Camisoles, and Other Products
The good news is that, even when you wear them daily, your breast forms require minimal care. You should gently clean them with mild soap and a damp cloth as directed by your prosthetician. Inspect your breast forms nightly for any signs of damage or wear. You should wash your mastectomy bras and camisoles as needed, but be sure to remove your breast forms before they go into the washer! If you notice signs of damage, contact your team at Horton’s. Many minor issues are covered by the warranty on your breast forms.
Common Post Mastectomy Items
We have many different types of mastectomy camisoles and bras available to you. Breast forms and mastectomy bras remain the most popular post-mastectomy items in Arkansas. A variety of specialty breast forms exist to support your favorite activities, including specific sports. The bra and breast forms are designed to restore the natural shape of your breasts so you can wear your favorite clothes without feeling self-conscious. The weighted material also helps restore your balance and the overall equilibrium of your body–especially if you have larger breasts.
What to Expect During Your Mastectomy Bra Fitting
Once you decide to schedule a fitting, the actual appointment will take about an hour. All fittings are completed in a completely private examination room. Your prosthetist will walk you through all of your options and show you examples of each product before fitting you. During the fitting, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns before making your decision. Throughout this process, your prosthetist will help you select the post-mastectomy items that will best serve you during recovery and beyond.
If you are looking for breast forms or a mastectomy bra in Arkansas, contact Horton’s Orthotics and Prosthetics to schedule a consultation with one of our caring and compassionate prosthetists.
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