Pre-Surgery Meeting with Fitter
Our Certified Mastectomy Fitter, Cheryl, is here to be a part of your treatment support team to provide your personal mastectomy fitting. To help with the post-surgery transitions you might want to make an initial appointment to meet Cheryl before any surgery is scheduled to discuss your post-surgery healing plan and answer questions you might have about garments and the timeline for fittings. You may also want to consider custom fit compression garments for post-surgery healing. We carry a number of products that are nicer than the standard garments available in the hospital. Post surgical garments can be fit prior to surgery for general sizing, then taken with the patient to the hospital for fitting after surgery.
Post-Surgery Bra/Prosthesis Fitting
Mastectomy fittings normally take place after the patient has completely healed from her surgery, approximately 4-6 weeks. Tenderness and tissue changes may occur 6 months or more following surgery.
What to expect at your décolletage mastectomy fitting
Each woman should expect complete privacy during her fitting, caring and compassionate staff to assist her, and confidence that she will be properly fit. Our goal is that when our client leaves our boutique, she will be wearing both a comfortable, supportive bra and a breast form that fits as if it were made for her alone.
Mastectomy fitting appointments last approximately one hour. Family and friends are welcome to join the fitting process if that makes the patient more comfortable. We also have a wonderful area to relax (including a massage chair) and have a cup of coffee while waiting.
Typically a mastectomy bra/prosthesis fitting visit requires two steps:
Step 1: Consultation outside the fitting room. (In street clothes)
We start by gathering a detailed patient history. Is the client experiencing any pain/discomfort with her current bra? What is her current skin condition? Is she experiencing any Lymphedema issues? What is her current range of motion? What is her general activity level? Then we discuss what products she may be interested in and we will do an introduction to bras and breast forms if the client is unfamiliar with how they work together.
We will also discuss insurance and determine what insurance allows under full coverage prior to the fitting. Some of our fashion bras and garments exceed standard insurance coverage, in that case we submit the claim for the standard price and the client pays us directly for the additional cost of what insurance will allow.
Before entering the fitting room we will discuss what to expect once we enter the fitting room and address any client concerns.
Step 2: Consultation in the Fitting Room
When we move into the fitting room we’ll ask our client to remove her blouse and bra. We’ll keep you turned away from the mirror if desired as we try on different bras and prostheses until we have a fit that we like from a medical standpoint and one that we think you’ll be happy with.
Inside the fitting room our Certified Mastectomy Fitter does an assessment of the patient’s surgical site (concavity/convexity) and skin condition. They will ask her about any pain or discomfort she is having, and discuss more in depth range of motion and activity levels.
Measurements are taken at the chest wall and that of the remaining breast (women who have undergone a bilateral mastectomy are able to help determine cup/form size). This gives us a starting point for bra fitting. There are several different styles to choose from (soft cup, underwire, fiberfill, molded seamless, leisure, front closure, sports, camisole).
Once we have a good fitting bra that the patient is comfortable in, we move on to the actual breast prosthesis. The prostheses come in a variety of shapes/sizes, and dependent on the individual and the assessment we completed, we would determine which form works best for her. Options include attachable, leisure/form, lightweight, multi-layered silicone, partial, post surgical, and swim. We try forms until the client and the fitter are satisfied with the fit, comfort, mobility, and most important, symmetry.
Then it’s time for the big reveal (or at any point during the process the client requests it), we’ll have you face the mirror and give our client a look at her new shape. Further adjustments will be made as needed.
If you’re preparing for your mastectomy surgery, contact us to schedule a fitting or request a fitting appointment online.