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FAQ's
    • SECOND TO NATURE - AFTER BREAST CARE FASHIONS

    • Do I Need an Appointment?

    • Will Insurance Cover My Supplies?

    • When Should I Be Fitted?

    • Breast Uneveness Following a Lumpectomy?

    • Are There Options for Reconstruction?

    • What Kinds of Breast Forms Are Available?

    • Can You Swim in a Breast Prosthesis?

    • Are There Options for People With Breast Unevenness?


    SECOND TO NATURE - AFTER BREAST CARE FASHIONS top

    Do I Need an Appointment? top

    If you have not yet had your surgery, you may stop in anytime during regular business hours to be fit with post-surgical supplies. No appointment is required; however, you can call ahead and let us know you will be stopping by. Please bring a copy of your insurance cards and a prescription from your doctor, if you have one. Please allow about 15-30 minutes to try on products and complete your paperwork.

    Once healed, or for a refill fitting, you will need an appointment. Please allow approximately 1 1/2 hours for a fitting. This will allow us to properly fit you and obtain insurance required clinical notes to prove medical necessity for your supplies. Please bring a copy of your insurance cards and a prescription from your doctor, if you have one.

    Will Insurance Cover My Supplies? top

    Medicare and most private insurance companies have benefits for bras, camisoles, and prostheses after breast surgery. Second to Nature is an in-network provider with most insurances. Your benefits will be checked at the time of your visit and we will inform you of any remaining out of pocket expenses, if any. Insurance will cover after breast surgery supplies at any time regardless of when you had surgery. 

    When Should I Be Fitted? top

    We recommend that you come in before your surgery to be fit with post-surgical supplies. For a Mastectomy: A soft, comfortable camisole can be worn immediately after surgery and offers pockets to hold a cotton shaper pad and your drainage bulbs. Once yours drains are removed, you can be fit into a leisure/sport bra until healed and ready for daily wear bras and prostheses, usually about 6 weeks after surgery. For Lumpectomy: A soft, comfortable front closure leisure/sport bra can be worn following surgery while healing for comfort and light support or compression. Once healed, you may be evaluated for a partial prosthesis and bras to restore balance. 

    Breast Uneveness Following a Lumpectomy? top

    We carry a full line of partial prostheses that can restore a naturally balanced silhouette. 

    Are There Options for Reconstruction? top

    We have many products for women undergoing breast reconstruction - including camisoles that can be worn for drain bulb management after surgery. We also carry a variety of compression bras. If your reconstruction is not performed at the same time as your mastectomy, you can use bras and prostheses in the interim. Also, some women find that their natural breast and reconstructed breast differ in size and shape, and we offer partial prostheses to restore symmetry. Federal law requires that insurance pay for these items if needed, even after reconstruction. 

    What Kinds of Breast Forms Are Available? top

    Please see our After Breast Surgery section, to see an overview of our prosthetic options. 

    There are several types of breast forms on the market today:

    The most popular type is the silicone breast prosthesis, because silicone most accurately replicates the natural texture and movement of the breast. Silicone prostheses are available in a variety of shapes and sizes.

    Foam forms are another popular choice, because they are soft and lightweight. They are an excellent choice for sleep or relaxation.

    Other options are also available, including swim forms, and custom breast forms.

    Can You Swim in a Breast Prosthesis? top

    You can wear a silicone breast prosthesis in the water. Specially designed swim forms are available to hold up to chlorine or salt water and preserve your everyday prosthesis. Swim forms are usually covered by insurance. Post-surgical swimsuits with pockets to hold your breast form will keep it securely in place while swimming.

    Are There Options for People With Breast Unevenness? top

    Our partial prostheses work well for women with a breast imbalance. Some, but not all, insurance companies will even cover the cost of a prosthesis for uneven breast development.