Breast Forms, Prosthesis, Bras, and More

Sisters Health Boutique has trained Fit Specialists on staff to provide in-store, complimentary, private fitting services for breast forms/prosthesis and bras. Please call the store for an appointment at 417-556-2605

Fitting appointments for new patients typically last 30 minutes to one hour and may include fittings for post-surgical breast forms and bras. We encourage you to bring along a friend or support partner during the garment fitting. Before a fitting, you will be asked when the surgery was held to ensure sufficient healing has taken place and there is no sensitivity due to radiation therapy.

Phases of Recovery

Prior to surgery, a consultation will help you make certain decisions regarding the surgery you are facing. You may find that a post-surgery garment will provide comfort and protection. Sisters will offer several styles and options for this phase of healing.

Up to six weeks following surgery, patients may be easing back into activities and benefit from a soft cotton leisure bra. A wide selection of bras are available to assist in the healing process.

More than six weeks after surgery, patients are getting back into their normal activities and may be ready for breast forms and bras. Throughout this phase, it may be necessary to have multiple fittings if breasts are off-balance due to reconstruction or weight changes. We have items available for you, whether you have had a lumpectomy or a partial mastectomy. Our Fit specialists are trained to assist women in finding the right products for their needs.  We do ask that patients call in advance for a Fitting appointment at 417-556-2605.

Types of Bras and Breast Forms

There are many types of bras and breast forms to choose from. Phase of recovery, physician recommendations/prescriptions, and personal preferences will assist our Fit Specialists is assisting you with your selection.

Bras and Camisoles

  • Bras – Having the right bra ensures a proper fit for your breast form.
  • Pocketed bras restore your natural shape and hold your breast form securely.  We have many styles and colors that offer dependability, beauty, and smart design. 
  • Recovery Care Products – These products are available post surgery and typically include camisoles and bras and are designed to offer a snug, but not restrictive fit and either close at the front or can be put on by stepping into the garment and pulling up. Many of our garments have aloe and Vitamin E for healing and are comforting during radiation therapy.

Breast Forms

  • Silicone form – Silicone forms are the most common form and should be used only after the six week recovery period is complete. These forms must be prescribed by your doctor.
    • Climate Control forms – These forms equalize body temperature by counteracting body heat. This form absorbs excess heat from the chest wall and reduces overheating.
    • Symmetry Shapers – These forms restore shape and symmetry for women who have had partial or full breast removal. There are a variety of shapes available.
    • Purefit Adjustable Enhancer – Specially designed for wear during the reconstruction tissue expansion process. Volume is easily adjustable with fiberfill pocket on the back of the breast form so it can be expanded or reduced in size to match a woman’s existing breast.
    • Active flow forms – Great for swimming, running, and exercise or for those needing an alternative to heavier silicone forms.
  • Leisure form – Leisure forms are lightweight foam forms that can be used for swimming and exercise.

Costs and Insurance

Insurance often covers post-surgery garments with a prescription from your doctor. Deductibles and coinsurance may apply.

Bra and Breast Form fittings are a complimentary service provided by Sisters Health Boutique. During the fitting process, patients will be assisted with insurance paperwork, which the Mercy DME will file on the patient’s behalf. Patients should check with their insurance carrier to find out what their benefits are to ensure how many prosthetics/bras they are allowed (covered by their insurance plan) each year. The number of breast prosthetics (forms) covered each year will be determined by your insurance provider. Patients should also inquire with insurance about deductible and co-pay amounts prior to being fitted to be aware of any out of pocket expenses. Wigs are provided through American Cancer Society for ladies experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatment at no charge.

Wigs and Fittings

Sisters also has a nice selection of wigs by Raquel Welch and Gabor for sale. A licensed cosmetologist is on staff to assit with your fitting.

Turbans, scarves, and hats might be your choice, and Sisters carries a wide variety of these items as well.

Look Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better is a class sponsored by American Cancer Society held monthly at Mercy Cancer Center in Joplin. This class assists women approach their treatment with confidence in their appearance. This class is taught by a licensed cosmetologist.  Seating is limited so call Sisters Boutique at 417-556-2605 for more information and to register today!