An Introduction to Fitting, Forms, and Bras
After breast surgery, there has been a physical change, but the real you is still there. You want to look and feel like the woman you always were and still are. Our service is very special and, since 1973, it has been our goal to make your fitting as personal and pleasant as possible.
|Our Certified fitting staff has over 60 years of fitting experience.|
We have the most extensive selection of breast forms in Arkansas by the finest manufacturers and a certified fitting staff with over 60 years of combined experience.
When you choose Barbara Graves Intimate Fashions for your special fitting needs you have made the right choice for these reasons:
- Arkansas' most experienced, trained, and caring fit specialists
- Largest and most extensive selection of breast forms, surgical and regular bras
- Totally private consultation provided without any charge or obligation to buy
- No appointment necessary -- Store Hours are 10 am - 6 pm Monday Through Saturday
In addition to breast forms and bras, Barbara Graves Intimate Fashions carries many other items for your special needs. We are your year-round swimsuit headquarters. If you are planning a cruise, a water aerobics class, or just a day in the sun, we feature swimsuits that are designed to hold your breast form in place.
Commonly Asked Questions About Breast Forms and the Fitting Process
What is a breast form and how long will it last?
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A breast form (prosthesis) is a soft silicone molded form designed to recreate the natural appearance and gentle movement of a woman's breast. Silicone is the most lifelike substance available for use. Silicone forms can last several years with proper care and carry two-year warranties.
Most breast forms are worn in a pocket that is sewn into your bra. There are also attachable breast forms that adhere to the chest wall.
The breast form is weighted to restore balance, help maintain shoulder posture and increase physical comfort. There are several different styles and shapes of breast forms, including fiberfill puffs and lighter weight forms available for lounge and leisurewear.
|The Fitting Process
In a totally private consultation, a trained specialist will discuss and display the products available to you. A properly fitted bra is the single most important feature. Your fitting will last about an hour. This time is important because it insures your getting the best-fit possible and allows time to answer any questions you may have. Since breast surgeries are done in several different ways, each fitting is unique. With a proper fit, no one should ever know, unless you tell them, that you have had breast surgery.
When can I be fitted?
Your doctor will tell you when you can be fitted for a weighted prosthesis -- usually 4 to 8 weeks after surgery. A lightweight puff and soft unconstructed stretch bra is available for wearing immediately after surgery.
How much does a breast form cost, and will my insurance pay for it?
Silicone gel breast forms typically range from $240 - $340, depending on the style and manufacturer.
Insurance coverage varies but Medicare and many private insurance companies pay a portion if not all of the cost of the prosthesis and two surgical bras. Our staff will be glad to assist you in filling out your claim forms. It has been our experience that Medicare along with private insurance companies offering this coverage will allow replacement forms after two years or for medical reasons.
<Image4>Do I need a prescription?
Most insurance companies require a doctor's prescription to accompany the completed insurance form. You can bring a prescription with you or we can call your doctor's office and request one. We do not require a prescription for you to purchase a breast form or surgical bras if we are not helping you file your insurance.