After a mastectomy, lumpectomy or reconstruction, an artificial breast form can be worn to regain symmetry. There are several different types of prosthesis. The most popular and realistic, is silicone gel. Foam and fiberfill is also available for post surgery. Some adhere-directly to the chest area while others are made to fit into pockets of post-mastectomy bras. breast forms come in a variety of shapes, and can also be custom made to fit your body. Partial forms, balance shapers or equalizers, are available for women who have had lumpectomy or reconstruction, to create symmetry with the remaining breast.
Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Forms
After breast surgery, some women will be able to wear their bras with few or no adjustments. If a woman chooses to wear a breast form that does not adhere to the skin, she will need to wear a special post-mastectomy bra with pockets for the breast form. There are many beautiful post-breast surgery bras to choose from. They now come in a variety of colorful choices. Most insurance companies provide bras each year.
Any woman who has undergone breast cancer surgery and has had significant portions of the tissue removed, is a candidate for a breast prosthesis, or balance shaper. Some women delay breast reconstruction for several months or years, and will wear the breast form as a viable alternative. For women choosing not to undergo reconstruction, the breast form can be worn indefinitely. Most insurance companies replace the forms every two years or as medically necessary.
Immediately after surgery, it is advisable to wear a fiberfill or foam form, while you are in the healing process. This period is usually four to six weeks after surgery. After the chest area is healed completely, your physician will advise you to be fitted for your breast form and bras.
Most insurance companies will cover the cost of a breast form every two years, and post-mastectomy bras every year. It is advisable to get a prescription form your physician for these items. most insurance companies have a set amount that they will cover for these products. In the event that you choose products that are more expensive, you may use your insurance allowable and pay the remainder out of pocket. The out of pocket expense can be used as a medical expense at tax time.
Frequently Asked Questions about Wigs/Cranial Prosthesis
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A wig that fits your head is very secure. Look for Velcro adjustments at the bottom band of the wig. These can be tightened or loosened for a proper fit. Make sure that your head is measured, to check for special sizing needs. Wigs come in average, petite, or large caps.
Choose a color that is close to your natural color. If hair loss is a possibility in the future, save a swatch of your own hair to compare to color rings. Going a bit lighter is fine, but avoid going darker than your natural shade. The newest wigs come in a variety of beautiful colors, as well as the newest highlighted shades.
Choose a style that fits your lifestyle and personality. If you would like to be adventurous, use this time to experiment with a new curly or straight look you have always wanted. There are many styles available for traditional, trendy, sporty sophisticated, casual, contemporary, business or just plain glamorous.
Wigs have a variety of price levels. The average price of a good synthetic wig can range from $85.00 to $350.00 and up. Human hair wigs range from $450.00 to over $3000.00. Most insurance companies will help with the cost of a wig for the purpose of medical hair loss. Ask your physician to write a prescription for a cranial hair prosthesis, and ask your wig professional to state the same on the sales receipt, if they will not bill the insurance company on your behalf.
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