Mastectomy Bras & Breast Prostheses
Welcome to the To Life! Boutique
ToLife! is proud to offer personalized fitting services for women who have had surgical procedures related to breast cancer; mastectomies, lumpectomies, reconstruction, and chemotherapy. Our inventory includes a wide variety of mastectomy bra styles, colors and sizes, as we all know that “one size will not fit all”. We also stock post-surgical garments. Our boutiques offer a private and relaxing setting for women to shop for post-mastectomy garments, breast forms and accessories.
The certified and experienced fitters of the To Life! Boutique are always ready to assist you in selecting the perfect garments for your post-surgery needs. We offer a complete line of the latest products available. The Boutique carries premiere product lines including: Amoena, Tru Life, Anita Care International, and Classique. We can show you post-mastectomy bras, leisure bras and bras designed for use during reconstruction - something perfect for you! For our lymphedema clients, we provide compression bras. Today's bras are not only functional, they are attractive and feminine. We can assist you in the selection of accessories, and comfort products.
We offer a complete line of silicone breast prostheses, swim forms, and leisure forms. Our new clients are always amazed at how perfectly a breast prosthesis can match their natural side and at the simplicity of the process. New product offerings include breast prosthesis for those who have breast conservation surgery (lumpectomy). The industry standards have changed; bras and forms are better.
Note to those anticipating mastectomy: The Boutique carries post-mastectomy camisoles which include pockets to hold surgical drains and fiberfill puffs to provide shape. These garments are soft, stretchy and offer front closure options rather than pulled over the head. They make the task of managing recovery somewhat easier. Although some hospitals provide one of these garments after surgery, many do not.
Products that Support the Reconstruction Process
More and more women are receiving breast reconstruction following surgery and this may take some time. When making this extremely personal choice, women need to cover their bases and learn as much as possible before surgery, including what products are available specific to reconstruction. To Life! offers an array of products for women who have made this decision. From post-surgical camisoles and front closure bras with drain pouches to adjustable breast enhancers that will keep you symmetrical during the reconstruction process. We strive to make this part of your journey as comfortable and convenient as possible.
Ready for the Water?
Your active lifestyle does not have to change because of breast surgery. When your plans include visiting chlorinated pools, ocean salt water or lake water, you want to be ready. We offer the latest in swim forms that are ideally suited for you. Our Boutique Associate will provide instruction about the proper care for your breast prosthesis.
To Life! is a participating provider for many insurances including Medicare. When setting up your appointment (518) 439-5975, ask us about insurance coverage for the purchase of bras, prostheses and post-surgical apparel. We are here to help.
Appts, Hours & Location
To Life! Mastectomy Boutique Hours - Delmar
410 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar NY 12054
Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday: 10:00 am – 3:00
For appointments please call (518) 439-5975
To Life! Boutique Hours - Saratoga
110 Spring Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Wednesday: 2:00 - 7:00 pm
Thursday and Friday: 10:00 am – 3:00
For appointments please call (518) 587-3820
All fittings are by appointment to be sure that you receive the time and attention you deserve.
Melanie Murphy, CFm
Throughout Melanie’s career she has made it her business to help women cope with difficult illness. Upon retirement from Glens Falls Hospital, Melanie joined the To Life! team. Every day is a learning experience for Melanie as she continues to challenge herself to ensure patients are well cared for. She takes time to understand needs and helps patients achieve their healing goals. Nothing makes Melanie happier than seeing her patients regain their confidence and sense of femininity.
Don’t just take our word for it…
To Life! is accredited by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. in Mastectomy. Our boutique associates in Saratoga and Delmar are certified mastectomy fitters (CFm)*, having successfully completed a rigorous training program so they can provide expert fitting services to all clients.
*An ABC Certified Fitter-mastectomy is a health care professional who is specifically educated and trained in the provision of breast prostheses and post-mastectomy services. Credentials available upon request.
New Boutique Products
Valletta Camisole and T-Shirt Shelf Bra Tops
Just in time for summer! To Life! offers these soft, stretch modal camisoles and t-shirts that look like a typical cami and tee, but they have a built-in shelf bra with sewn-on wireless contour cup foam padding. The lining in the shelf bra forms pockets with holes at the sides so you can slip in prosthetics, breast forms, symmetry shapers or removable padding. The elastic bottom band ensures security and provides support. Adjustable shoulder straps provide the perfect fit. These tops may also be worn without the inserts. The smooth and soft modal fabric makes these garments ultra-comfortable to wear alone or under clothing.They come in several colors and in sizes up to size 20. These tops make a perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.
Contact Rachel Criscione @ 439-5975 and try one on today!
FAQs: How to Choose and Buy a Breast Prosthesis and Mastectomy Bra
One of the services offered at To Life! is the proper fitting of breast prostheses (also called breast forms).After breast cancer surgery, a woman can take control of her appearance and boost her self-esteem with the proper fit of a breast prosthesis.This can make a big difference in a woman’s self-image. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers concerning breast forms:
“Why should I have a ‘proper fit’?”
A properly fitting breast prosthesis will balance your appearance, prevent your bra from moving around, keep your spine in alignment and balance weight on your shoulders. They are designed to mimic the weight and shape of your natural breast.It is our goal at To Life! to find a prosthesis that is the right size and shape for you and your lifestyle.
“When should I have my first fitting?”
After surgery, your surgeon will recommend the appropriate time for you to start wearing a breast prosthesis. This largely depends upon the post-operative healing process and the type of mastectomy that was performed.While we appreciate that many women in the post-mastectomy phase of recovery are quickly ready to get back to normal or at least establish a “new normal”, it is a good idea to wait at least five to six weeks post-surgery to ensure all swelling has gone down.Your measurements will not be accurate if you are swollen.
“What should I wear to a fitting?”
You should wear what you normally wear in your everyday life.Part of the fitting is seeing how your clothes fit and look when you are wearing the prosthesis.A snug-fitting, design-free top will offer you the best idea of how proportional and symmetrical the breast prosthesis is to your body.
“How are prostheses sized?”
Breast prostheses are available in different shapes, sizes and skin tones.You will be fit to a shape that best conforms to your body shape and matches your existing breast (for unilateral patients).The forms are not sized like a bra so you can't count on getting a form that fits by referencing your bra size.Our fitters can help you find a style and size that works best for you.
“What do they look like?”
Some forms are symmetrical, so they can be used on either side, and some forms are designed to be asymmetrical (used only on your right or left side).
“What are they made of?”
Some are made of silicone and some are made of fiberfill. A silicone breast prosthesis is closest to imitating breast tissue in weight and drape.A good prosthesis will also have some movement similar to your real breast.Some silicone breast prostheses are designed to be worn in the pocket of a mastectomy bra and some are designed to adhere directly to the chest wall.
A fiberfill breast form is very light weight, although some do come “weighted.”It is a good idea to ask your fitter about the pros and cons of a fiberfill breast form.These forms may not be the best option for some women because they may be too light.Fiberfill breast forms are designed to be worn in the pocket of a mastectomy bra.
To Life! has a wide variety of breast prostheses and breast forms and our fitters are knowledgeable in what each form has to offer.The fitters will help you find a prosthesis that's the proper shape, size and weight for your lifestyle and your body.
“Is it comfortable to wear a prosthesis?”
Fit and comfort of a prosthesis is very individual.The prosthesis is designed to mimic the weight of the existing breast and the existing breast can be surprisingly heavy.The industry has come a long way in offering silicone prostheses that are lighter weight and cooler.Our fitters can show you the latest in lightweight silicone prostheses.
“How do I take care of my prosthesis?”
Simply washing them with a mild soap, towel drying them and putting them in their box when they are not being worn is all the care and maintenance they need.
“Will my insurance cover the cost of my prosthesis?”
Insurance companies typically provide coverage for one prosthesis every two years for unilateral patients or two prostheses every two years for bilateral patients.Because of that two-year limit, it is very important to be sized correctly.If you are sized incorrectly, you will not be eligible to re-submit for the correctly sized prosthesis for two years.That is why we recommend waiting until all of your swelling has gone down.
“Do I need a prescription?”
Your doctor will need to write a prescription for “mastectomy bras” and a “breast prosthesis” if you plan to submit these products to your insurance company.
“When do I get the mastectomy bra?”
Your fitting for the breast prosthesis will include a mastectomy bra fitting.The fitter will measure you to determine your bra band size and your cup size.If you have had bilateral surgery, you will tell the fitter the cup size you want to be.To Life! offers many options for mastectomy bras including seamed, seamless, molded cup, camisole bras, and sports bras.
Our goal at To Life! is to ensure your breast prosthesis and mastectomy bra needs are met properly and in a stress-free manner.A proper fitting at the right time is the best way to attain that goal.
“How Much Does a Prosthesis Cost?”
Fitting services at To Life! are complimentary, provided by certified mastectomy fitters. There are costs associated with product. We participate with some insurance companies, including Medicare. However, should we not participate with your insurance company, please know that we have options for supporting your needs and will not turn anyone away. Please feel free to contact us for more detailed information on how we may best serve you.
Our goal at To Life! is to ensure your breast prosthesis and mastectomy bra needs are met properly and in a stress-free manner. A proper fitting at the right time is the best way to attain that goal.
Please feel free to contact our fitters with any questions you may have.
Delmar Boutique: Ann Rose (518) 439-5975
Saratoga Boutique :Melanie Murphy (518) 587-3820