GREENSBORO, N.C. — When women walk into the Second to Nature After Breast Surgery Fashions boutique, it’s their chance to find their new normal.
“Second to Nature features products and items for women who have had mastectomy, lumpectomy, reconstruction and even if they have general breast unevenness. We have the products that are going to give them symmetry and balance,” owner Ramona Hertzell said.
The boutique is now offering new technology from Radiant Impressions by Trulife to provide custom breast prostheses.
“We’re actually the first in the world to have this technology and it’s actually using an iPad with a camera to scan the woman’s chest wall to give her a duplicate of her existing breast to look like what she had before,” Hertzell said.
Each prosthesis can be designed for both unilateral and bilateral patients using two detailed scans.
The first scan is done while a bra is worn.
The second scan is done without the client wearing a bra.
The images are then sent to the company in Michigan to develop a custom piece(s).
The prosthesis is not only designed for a custom fit, but other details such as veins and freckles can be added to recreate the unique features in a woman’s breast.
Prior to the scanning technology, getting a mold for a prosthetic would require plaster.
“And that of course would take time because it would have to dry and then we would have to do a second set,” said Lisa Peregrine, a certified fitter at Second to Nature.
The scanning technology typically takes an hour or sometimes less.
The prosthetic can be worn inside the pocket of a bra or outside.
The cost of a breast prosthesis can vary depending on how much insurance will cover.
Paying entirely out-of-pocket, the cost can be around $3,500.
If you’re interested in a fitting, schedule an appointment with Second to Nature After Breast Fashions.
The boutique is located on State Street in Greensboro.