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Make sure that the bras and camisoles you wear after surgery have been designed with your needs in mind. In most cases, these will be covered by your insurance. You will need a prescription from your doctor if you would like a claim filed for these products.
Whether you undergo mastectomy, lumpectomy, or reconstruction, you can wear a camisole immediately following surgery. Most insurance companies will cover two camisoles.
Your doctor will tell you when you can be fitted for a silicone prosthesis-usually 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. There are many types of silicone prostheses that can be used depending on the type of surgery and other medical issues. Most insurance companies cover 1 prosthesis every 2 years and 4 to 6 bras every year. A prescription is always needed for these products.
In a totally private consultation, a trained, certified fitter will discuss and display the products available for you. A properly-fitted bra is the single most important feature in fitting a breast form. This fitting will last approximately an hour. This time is important because it ensures that you are getting the best fitting possible, and allows time to answer any questions you may have. Since every breast surgery is different, each fitting is unique. With a proper fitting, no one will know you are wearing a prosthesis unless you choose to tell them that you have had breast surgery.
After breast-conserving surgery or reconstruction, a shaper- or partial breast form- can even out your figure just where you need it. These partial forms can fit into a regular bra or a pocketed bra to balance uneven breasts, or to soften or contour implants. There are also silicone nipples that can help you maintain symmetry during the tissue expansion process.
A breast prosthesis - also called a breast form - is worn externally to closely simulate the look and feel of a natural breast. It helps restore a woman's profile. Most breast forms are made of silicone, although some leisure forms are made of foam. Traditional breast forms are worn in pocketed bras. Attachable breast forms adhere directly to the chest wall and do not require a special bra. Lightweight breast forms offer options to women who have other medical needs and conditions, such as lymphedema, osteoporosis or arthritis.
Medicare, as well as most Managed Care Organizations and private insurers, offers some coverage for breast forms, pocketed bras, and camisoles. We encourage you to call your insurer before your surgery to check on your coverage. If you are unsure about your coverage we would be happy to help you find out what your policy covers.