The Post-Surgery Fitting Process
How long you wait to be fitted is up to you.
Any Ministry of Health funding that you may be entitled to does not 'begin' until you make your first purchase/claim. So you are not missing out on any entitlement by waiting to until you feel ready to be fitted. We highly recommend making a booking, so that we can set aside sufficient time to give you the attention you need, and ensure we have a qualified fitter available.
What to bring to your fitting:
Medical certificate entitling you to Breast Prosthesis funding.
A fitted top to try on over the bras and prosthesis.
A friend if you would like support and a second opinion.
We set aside one hour for an initial fitting after surgery.
The fitting rooms are private and have space for yourself, as well as a friend if you choose.
We find out what you are looking for, and if you have any requests or questions.
We fit you for a bra first.
A good fitting, comfortable bra is the basic building block for the prosthesis to fit well and be supported. There may be one obvious best option or several you like.
Choosing a prosthesis.
You can try different styles and sizes for a prosthesis in the bra. Sometimes the first one you try is just what you’re looking for. Other times we try 2-3 different options and compare. To make the decision, you can put your top on and see which prosthesis provides the best match for your own side. You can also use touch, or the measuring tape, or just what ‘feels right’. We will give our opinions and advice about what is a good outcome based on our experience, but it needs to feel right to you.
Fill out the paperwork.
If you are eligible for funding and are claiming through us, we take a copy of your medical certificate, and you sign a claim form for the items you are taking that day. You can take the items home if we have them in store, and the Ministry of Health will pay us for those items. You pay the top-up for anything you purchase over the value of the funding amount.
You take the items home and wear them. We call you after a week or two to check that you are happy with what you’ve chosen.
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