Frequently Asked Questions

Dealing with the emotional and physical aftermath of breast surgery, whether major or minor, can be overwhelming for many women. Before the surgery, a woman’s femininity and self confidence were oftentimes expressed by how they looked and felt each day. Now they have so many questions about their self image that they may wonder what to do next. There are several options for women today, one being an external breast prosthesis. Click questions for answers.

Can I order products from this website?

This is the manufacturer’s website. We work with retailers and do not sell directly to the public. Please use this site for your research and feel free to call us with any questions or feedback: 1-800-887-3370.

Where do I buy NEARLY ME® products?

You can purchase NEARLY ME® products at boutiques and Durable Medical Equipment (DME) stores all over the country. It’s very important to find a Certified Mastectomy Fitter to be fit for the correct breast prosthesis and bra. Certified Mastectomy Fitters are licensed to size and fit prostheses and bras for women after breast surgery. Call 1-800-887-3370 for a list of Authorized Dealers near you.

What is the difference between a fashion bra and a mastectomy bra? Can I wear a breast form in my regular bras?

It is recommended that you wear your breast form in a mastectomy pocket bra. Mastectomy pocket bras have been designed to fit with breast forms. They are typically different in three ways. First, they have pockets inside the cups to keep the forms securely in place and comfortable against the skin. Second, mastectomy bra side panels are wider under the arm to offer more support and coverage in an area where tissue is often removed during surgery. Third, the cup is designed to fully cover the entire breast form and more of the remaining natural breast. Some fashion bra cup styles may cut across the breast at too steep an angle and would not completely cover a typical breast form. Nearly Me Technologies also has specialty bras like the Leisure Bra for after surgery and sleeping, the Lace Cami Bra for feminine coverage in the center of the chest, and the After-Surgery Camisole with pockets for featherweight breast forms and drainage devices.

How long do NEARLY ME® breast forms last?

With proper care, NEARLY ME® breast forms should last several years . They should remain soft and life-like and maintain their shape. Silicone breast forms are very durable, but can be punctured or torn.

Will my insurance pay for my breast forms and mastectomy bras?

Check with your health insurance carrier, and bring your insurance information with you when you visit a Certified Mastectomy Fitter.

After surgery, my breasts are uneven, is there a breast form for me?

We have several partial prostheses that can restore evenness. Shallower, partial forms include Equalizers, Enhancers, and Modified forms. Talk to your doctor, health insurance carrier, and Certified Mastectomy Fitter about partial forms following lumpectomy or reconstruction surgery.

What can be done for natural breast unevenness or breast imbalance after a lumpectomy?

Partial forms such as Equalizers, Enhancers, and Modified forms can be worn to restore an even silhouette.

Can you swim in a breast prosthesis?

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.

Are mastectomy bras covered by Medicare?

Yes. With a prescription from your doctor and a Certified Mastectomy Fitter, you may be eligible for several mastectomy pocket bras a year. Your Certified Mastectomy Fitter can best answer your Medicare and health insurance questions regarding mastectomy products. Ask your Certified Mastectomy Fitter about leisure bras and an after-surgery camisole, also.

I have lost/gained weight and I feel that my breast form is no longer the right size. What should I do?

Consult your doctor and your Certified Mastectomy Fitter. Your Certified Fitter can best answer your Medicare and health insurance questions regarding mastectomy products.

How do I choose the breast form that fits my bra size?

There are so many sizes and shapes in the NEARLY ME® brand that it is very important to visit a Certified Mastectomy Fitter to be properly sized and fit.

How do I clean and care for my breast forms?

Hand wash your breast forms with a mild soap that is safe for the skin. Rinse thoroughly and towel dry. Store all silicone forms in the box and cradle that came with the form. Foam forms are also to be hand washed in mild soap and water. Rinse thoroughly and air dry. Do not bleach or use other types types of cleaning solvents on either silicone or foam forms.

What is covered under the warranty?

Nearly Me Technologies, LLC offers a limited warranty against all manufacturing defects in material and workmanship. This warranty does not cover accidental damage, improper handling or repairs made by unauthorized persons, and specifically excludes claims for indirect, incidental, or consequential damages. They are not responsible for damages resulting from mishandling and abuse in transit.

How can I find an authorized NEARLY ME® Dealer?

Nearly Me Technologies, LLC has thousands of retailers, so information about locations change frequently. To make sure our end-customers receive the most up-to-date information about our retailers, we ask that you call us at 1-800-887-3370.

What is a Certified Mastectomy Fitter?

A Certified Mastectomy Fitter is a licensed professional who is trained to fit women with the right breast prosthesis and bra after breast surgery. Certified Fitters also help women with their billing options.

I’m having breast surgery. When should I be fitted?

Consult your doctor about finding a Certified Mastectomy Fitter in your area. Your doctor and Certified Fitter will help you answer these questions. It is usually important to wait until you are fully healed before you are fitted for a weighted prosthesis. Before surgery, ask your CMF about our After-Surgery Camisole and other items you might need.

What kinds of breast forms are available?

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 full weight, lightweight, and extra lightweight, as well as in a variety of shapes and sizes. Other options are also available, including swim forms, and custom breast forms. Extremely lightweight foam forms are also available for sleeping and relaxing. Certified Mastectomy Fitters help women determine the best prosthesis and bra for their individual needs.

Why is it important to have a properly-fitted breast prosthesis?

Breast prostheses are designed to replace missing breast tissue following a mastectomy, partial mastectomy, or lumpectomy. Today’s state-of-the-art breast prostheses recreate the natural appearance, feel and weight of the female breast. It is very important to be fitted with the correct size, shape and weight breast form and the right size bra to restore your body’s natural balance, alignment, and symmetry, thus preventing the development of spinal curvature, neck pain, back pain and shoulder drop. Be sure that you are fitted by a board-certified mastectomy fitter in an accredited facility to ensure that you are receiving the highest quality products and care.

Why are prostheses so expensive?

Prostheses are not mass produced. Each one is made by hand and follow several steps and procedures. Prostheses are also considered medical devices and are regulated by the FDA. Manufacturers carefully monitor the manufacturing and sale of these types of products through on site quality assurance and warranty card information.

Are prostheses covered by Medicare and Medicaid?

Yes, but allowables are different by state, check with the local social security office.

Are prostheses covered by private insurance?

Generally yes, check with your insurance company for individual coverage.

Why should I go to a professional fitter?

Because every woman is different. There are hundreds of sizes, styles and shapes that have been created to match a woman’s remaining natural breast and a certified professional fitter is trained to measure and select the proper prosthesis for each individual woman.

What type of bra can be worn with an external prosthesis?

There are bras called mastectomy or surgical bras. These bras are designed with cup pockets to hold the breast form in place and are cut wider under the arm and across the chest. After a mastectomy it is important to be measured and fit by a professional breast prosthesis fitter. Fashion bras have not been designed to meet your specific needs.

Where can I be fitted for a permanent prosthesis?

Breast forms and mastectomy bras (special pocketed bras to help hold the form in place) are sold at medical supply stores, pharmacies, department stores, wig shops, specialty lingerie shops, through private home fitters and catalogs. Look in the yellow pages, ask at the local American Cancer Society, hospital or physician’s office for stores within your specific area.

If a breast prosthesis tears or is punctured, does the silicone hurt the skin or the body?

No, the silicone cannot be absorbed through the skin.

Which style is better?

Each style fits a specific need and figure type. Your certified fitter helps you choose.

Are there different styles of breast prosthesis?

Yes, symmetrical (can be turned to fit either side of the body) and asymmetrical (fits only the right or left side).

If I am very small breasted or had partial surgery such as a lumpectomy, do I still need a weighted breast prosthesis?

Yes. Even if you are small breasted you should replace the weight. You will also need the weight to help hold your bra in place around the rib cage. A light non-weighted form adds shaping in a bra but may slip up during certain movements.

Why do I need a weighted breast prosthesis (form) after breast surgery?

A properly fitted breast prosthesis helps replace the weight lost after breast surgery. This replacement is not merely for cosmetic or psychological reasons but for physical reasons as well. When a natural breast is removed the body is no longer in balance and will compensate with slight curving of the spine and “shoulder drop”. Both conditions may lead to chronic lower back and neck pain.

Which type will I wear first?

It depends on the woman. You may wish to wear a lightweight foam form to fill out a leisure or after surgery bra until you are fitted with a permanent weighted prosthesis.

What types of prostheses are on the market?

There are two basic types, weighted (having weight to them) and non-weighted.

How soon after surgery should I be fitted with a permanent external prosthesis?

Your doctor will tell you when you are ready to be fitted. This may be from four to six or eight weeks after surgery. The chest wall has to heal and the soreness decrease.

Why should I choose an external breast prosthesis?

It is wonderful that today women have options after breast surgery. Your physician may discuss reconstruction or implants, but for some women an external prosthesis is preferable to additional surgeries. Depending on your age, physical condition and breast size, an external prosthesis may be the best solution to help balance the body. External breast forms are far less expensive than additional surgeries and a form can be easily changed if you gain or lose weight. There are now hundreds of sizes and styles from which to choose that fit all body and skin types and thousands of dealers nationwide to help in the fitting process.
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