If you are scheduled for a mastectomy or you have just recovered from a post surgical breast reconstruction, you are going to need a new selection of comfortable bras to suit your unique needs.
Luckily, there is a fabulous selection of special bra sizes for breast cancer patients available on the market to cater to your needs and complement your unique style; you just need to know which features to look for.
1. High-quality construction
When it comes to shopping for special bras for breast cancer patients, full coverage comfort is essential.
When trying on bras, ensure they are made from high-quality materials that don’t irritate the skin in sensitive areas, such as microfiber or breathable cotton blends that offer both comfort and flexibility.
2. Interior pockets
If you choose not to have reconstructive surgery after your mastectomy, breast prosthesis are a great alternative.
Breast forms help you to achieve symmetry and adjust smoothly to life after surgery, and the best way to keep your breast forms secure throughout the day is with a pocketed mastectomy bra.
Interior pockets are sewn directly into the inside of the cups and are made from light cotton, microfiber, or mesh for breathability and comfort.
3. Adjustable straps
When shopping for a post breast surgery bra, please note to look for straps that can be easily adjusted so you can create a custom fit.
Adjustable straps are also a great way to lift and shape remaining breast tissue and hold breast forms more securely.
For added comfort, look for adjustable straps that are wider than standard straps and feature light padding over the shoulders. This will help to evenly distribute weight across your shoulders and prevent tension and neck pain.
4. Wide bands
Wide bands under the bust and across the back give you a snug and comfortable fit.
They also help to disguise surgical scars and stop potential irritation to surgical sites from clothing. For shaping and slimming, longline bras that feature extra-wide bands can give you a smoother silhouette.
5. Wires and padding
Post-mastectomy bras come with or without wires. However, depending on your sensitivity level, a wire-free sports bra may be preferable to maximize your comfort.
Many wire-free post-mastectomy bras feature light padding in the cups for added support and shaping.
6. The right style
Different bras are better suited to different periods of life after surgery.
The first bra you need to look for is a recovery bra that uses compression technology to prevent lymphedema and features front closures to make dressing easier during the healing process.
For lounging at home, you need the most comfortable bra possible. A leisure bra is constructed from ultra-soft material and is easy to slip on and off, making it ideal for wearing immediately after surgery. Leisure bras come both with and without pockets to house foam leisure forms that are lightweight and perfect for use while exercising or sleeping.
For everyday wear, try a seamless pocketed t-shirt bra that will sit discreetly under your clothes while holding your breast forms securely.
7. The perfect fit
All women want a bra that looks and feels great, and the best way to find the perfect bra is to go for a personal fitting. A certified professional fitter will take accurate measurements to find the best sizes, shapes, and styles for your body.
At your fitting, wear a tighter top to help you determine how your new bras will look under your clothes. It is best to try on multiple styles of bras at your fitting to find the most comfortable fit.
Remember to be honest with your fitter about which bra fits you and how you like them, so you are 100% satisfied with your mastectomy-wear products.
Shopping for a post surgery bra does not need to be a challenge. Talk to a certified fitter about the best options for your body so you can find the perfect post-mastectomy bra and get back to enjoying the daily activities you love as a breast cancer survivor.