After a mastectomy, there has been a physical change to your body but the real you is still there. You want you to look and feel like the woman you have always been. For the women who choose not to undergo reconstruction surgery, we have the most extensive selection of breast forms in Arkansas by the finest manufacturers. Our certified fitting staff has over 60 years of combined experience with providing individualized, private care.
In addition to breast forms, bras, and camisoles, Horton’s Orthotics & Prosthetics carries many other specialty items like designer swimsuits fit to meet your post-mastectomy needs. Recent advancements in breast form technology includes lightweight styles for sleeping, waterproof forms for swimming, and activity-specific options made for athletics and other active pastimes.
Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Forms and the Fitting Process
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 for use. Silicone forms can last several years with proper care and carry two-year warranties.
Most breast forms are worn in a pocket that is sewn into your bra. There are also attachable breast forms that adhere to the chest wall.
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.
In a completely private consultation, a trained specialist will discuss and display the products available to you. A properly fitted bra is the single most important feature. Your fitting will last about an hour. This time is important because it insures your getting the best-fit possible and allows time to answer any questions you may have. Since breast surgeries are done in several different ways, each fitting is unique. With a proper fit, no one should ever know, unless you tell them, that you have had breast surgery.
Silicone gel breast forms typically range from $240 – $340, 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 along with private insurance companies offering this coverage will allow replacement forms after two years or for medical reasons.
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.