If you have undergone a mastectomy, a good-fitting mastectomy bra is a must-have item for your post-mastectomy wardrobe because it can help you to regain your confidence after breast cancer surgery. However, after your mastectomy, you may notice some changes in your body that can make it challenging to find the right bra for you. Here are some tips to help you choose the perfect bra for your body.
Attend a Professional Fitting
The best way to find the perfect fitting post-mastectomy bra is to go for a professional bra fitting. A certified fitter will ask you questions about your breast surgery and exam can show you a wide range of styles and sizes. Try on as many different styles as possible since bra sizes can differ slightly between brands.
Look for Essential Features
When shopping for a mastectomy bra, there are a few key features to look for to get the most comfortable bra for your unique body.
Bilateral cups sewn directly into the bra cups help to hold breast forms securely to prevent slippage and ensure that you remain balanced throughout the day. Pockets are made from breathable fabric that is gentle on your skin.
Adjustable straps allow you to alter the level of support.
The underbust and back bands provide most of the support in your bra, so opt for extra wide bands that keep you feeling secure but also smooth out your back and side for a sleeker silhouette.
Buy Bras and Breast Forms Together
For women who have chosen not to have breast reconstruction one of the main reasons for purchasing a mastectomy bra is to support a breast prosthesis as well as your remaining natural breast tissue. If you plan on wearing breast prostheses, it is a good idea to buy your mastectomy bras and breast forms at the same time. This ensures that you find the right style of breast form to fit perfectly inside your mastectomy bra.
There are many types of breast forms available to suit different body types including round and oval-shaped forms for women with a naturally full bust, or triangle shaped forms for women with a wider chest wall. If you have had a lumpectomy or lymph node removal partial breast forms can give you definition under your arm where you need volume.
Post-mastectomy bras are vital for helping you to feel confident and comfortable post-surgery. Your insurance company or Medicare may cover all or part of the cost of your post-surgical bras and breast forms. Call A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe at (954)-543-1262 to book a professional fitting and we can contact your insurer to verify your level of coverage.