If you have not yet had your surgery, you may stop in anytime during regular business hours to be fit with post-surgical supplies. No appointment is required; however, you can call ahead and let us know you will be stopping by. Please bring a copy of your insurance cards and a prescription from your doctor, if you have one. Please allow about 15-30 minutes to try on products and complete your paperwork.
Once healed, or for a refill fitting, you will need an appointment. Please allow approximately 1 1/2 hours for a fitting. This will allow us to properly fit you and obtain insurance required clinical notes to prove medical necessity for your supplies. Please bring a copy of your insurance cards and a prescription from your doctor, if you have one.
Medicare and most private insurance companies have benefits for bras, camisoles, and prostheses after breast surgery. Second to Nature is an in-network provider with most insurances. Your benefits will be checked at the time of your visit and we will inform you of any remaining out of pocket expenses, if any. Insurance will cover after breast surgery supplies at any time regardless of when you had surgery.
We recommend that you come in before your surgery to be fit with post-surgical supplies. For a Mastectomy: A soft, comfortable camisole can be worn immediately after surgery and offers pockets to hold a cotton shaper pad and your drainage bulbs. Once yours drains are removed, you can be fit into a leisure/sport bra until healed and ready for daily wear bras and prostheses, usually about 6 weeks after surgery. For Lumpectomy: A soft, comfortable front closure leisure/sport bra can be worn following surgery while healing for comfort and light support or compression. Once healed, you may be evaluated for a partial prosthesis and bras to restore balance.
We carry a full line of partial prostheses that can restore a naturally balanced silhouette.
We have many products for women undergoing breast reconstruction - including camisoles that can be worn for drain bulb management after surgery. We also carry a variety of compression bras. If your reconstruction is not performed at the same time as your mastectomy, you can use bras and prostheses in the interim. Also, some women find that their natural breast and reconstructed breast differ in size and shape, and we offer partial prostheses to restore symmetry. Federal law requires that insurance pay for these items if needed, even after reconstruction.
Please see our After Breast Surgery section, to see an overview of our prosthetic options.
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 a variety of shapes and sizes.
Foam forms are another popular choice, because they are soft and lightweight. They are an excellent choice for sleep or relaxation.
Other options are also available, including swim forms, and custom breast forms.
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. Swim forms are usually covered by insurance. Post-surgical swimsuits with pockets to hold your breast form will keep it securely in place while swimming.
Our partial prostheses work well for women with a breast imbalance. Some, but not all, insurance companies will even cover the cost of a prosthesis for uneven breast development.
No. Our wigs are designed for women experiencing hair loss for any reason, including alopecia, trichotillimania, genetic (female pattern baldness), thyroid disorders, immune system disorders (such as Lupus), medication side effects, and scalp damage, scarring, burns, etc. We have also served a number of clients who needed wigs because styling their own hair was difficult due to arthritis, fibromyalgia, shoulder surgery or aging. We also carry a selection of wigs for fashion, if you are just looking for a change in hair style or convenient, easy to care for hair. We do not carry costume wigs at this time.
Wigs come in a wide range of qualities and prices, from fashion synthetic wigs starting at $49 to custom European hair wigs at $2500. We offer a solution for every budget.
A Special Place offers the highest quality human hair and synthetic wigs, which look and move just like your own natural hair. Hand-tied, monofilament tops create the appearance of hair growing naturally from your own scalp. Our wig stylists can cut and style the wig to recreate your personal style...so no one has to know you are wearing a wig but you!
Actually, neither is "better" - both have benefits, and the best choice for you will depend on your individual circumstances.
Human hair has the most natural texture and movement, it can be styled just like your own hair with heated styling tools, and it lasts longer...especially in the longer styles. Human hair is ideal for women with long hair, those experiencing long term hair loss, and those who enjoy having versatility of styling options.
Synthetic hair has the style "baked in", so they require minimum styling and care. They are lighterweight and less expensive than human hair wigs. Synthetic hair is ideal for women with shorter hair, those experiencing short-term hair loss, and those who want a stylish look with little effort.
If you are unsure which is best for you, your consultant can help you weigh your personal needs and expectations and help you make the best choice for you.
With proper care, a synthetic wig will last from 6 months - 1 year, when worn every day. Most chemotherapy patients will need a wig for 9-18 months, so it is usually not necessary to have more than one wig. However, most patients prefer to have 2 wigs for several reasons. First, you have one to wash and one to wear. Also, interchanging wearing the wigs greatly extends the lifespan, and keeps them looking like new. Also, you will have a back-up if something were to happen to one of your wigs. Lastly, many enjoy having 2 choices - possibly a straight style and a wavy style, or one wig for everyday, and one for special occasions.
Many private insurance companies do cover some or all of the cost of a wig if prescribed by your doctor. Currently, Medicare and Medicaid do not cover wigs. Coverage is determined by the terms laid out in your individual policy. Call ahead with your insurance information, or bring your cards to your fitting, and our insurance specialist will call and check your benefits for you.
We are open for walk-ins from 10-5 Monday-Friday. We highly recommend appointments, to avoid an unnecessary wait. We have over 800 wigs in stock, with about 100 on display. You are welcome to come browse our large selection of hats and scarves, and see our display samples, but an appointment is the best way to experience all we have to offer. Of course, there is never any cost or obligation for a consultation.