Becky’s Place FAQ
How soon can I be fitted for a breast prosthesis after a mastectomy?
After surgery, your surgeon will recommend the appropriate time for you to start wearing a prosthesis. This will depend upon your medical condition, the post-operative healing process and the type of mastectomy that was preformed. Generally, we like to do the fitting for the permanent prosthesis and mastectomy bras about 4 to 8 weeks after surgery. However, if your surgeon says it’s okay, you may be fitted for a leisure breast form (non-silicone) and a leisure bra soon after surgery.
Are there different types of breast prosthesis and how will I know which one is right for me?
Yes. There are various types of prostheses for both mastectomy and lumpectomy. Manufacturers make a wide variety of types, sizes, shapes and colors. The type of prosthesis needed is determined by the amount of tissue that is removed and your individual needs. At Becky’s Place, a certified fitter, who is trained and experienced will assist you in selecting and fitting the appropriate prosthesis and mastectomy bras.
What is a post-mastectomy bra?
Post-mastectomy (or mastectomy) bras are very much like regular bras but with one important difference. They have a stretch pocket on the inside which help hold and keep the breast prosthesis in place. Mastectomy bras come in a wide variety of styles and colors to meet your individual needs.
Will people be able to tell that I am wearing a breast prosthesis?
No. With a proper fitting, no one will be able to tell you are wearing a prosthesis.
Will my insurance pay for my prosthesis and mastectomy bras?
There is some variance among insurance companies regarding coverage of a breast prosthesis and mastectomy bras. Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance companies will cover a breast prosthesis every two years and 2 to 4 mastectomy bras every year.
How will I know if Becky's Place is in network with my particular insurance company?
You may contact us to see if we are in network with your insurance carrier or you may contact your insurance company directly for a list of network providers.
What should I bring with me on the day of my fitting?
You should bring a current prescription from your Physician, your insurance card(s) and a current drivers license or other photo id.
A physician’s prescription for your breast prosthesis and mastectomy bras is necessary for insurance purposes. Always check with your insurance company to determine which post-mastectomy products are covered under your plan.
If I need a wig, what can I expect the day of my wig fitting?
When you first arrive at Becky’s Place, we will complete the necessary paperwork to provide an ongoing file for you. Then we will take the opportunity to speak with you about the style and color wig in which you are interested. Based on your feedback we will be able to assist you in finding the wig that will meet your individual needs.
What is the cost of a wig?
Our wigs are top-of-the-line synthetics that range in price from $135.00 to $295.00. We do not carry any human hair wigs or hairpieces.
Will the cost of a wig be covered by my insurance?
Not necessarily. As insurance policies are different, you will need to check with your insurance provider to find out if they will pay for a wig (cranial prosthesis). Then, contact us to find out if we are in network with your provider. If we are in network with your provider, and they will cover the cost of the wig for you, we will be happy to file an insurance claim for your wig on your behalf.
Do I need to wait until I have lost my hair or do I need to shave my head before being fitted for my wig?
No. We are able to accurately fit your wig even if you still have your hair. Also, when and/or if you shave your head should be your personal decision. Only do this if and when you are comfortable with it.
How do I care for my wig?
Our wigs can be washed and cared for at home. We provide the necessary care products to our clients, along with detailed instructions on how to properly maintain the wig.