Some women may decide to have their breasts reconstructed through a surgical procedure following a mastectomy. However, for many women, the idea of reconstructive surgery following breast cancer surgery is overwhelming.
If you or a loved one has recently opted out of breast reconstructive surgery, you may be considering wearing breast prostheses as an alternative to restore your feminine physique. Mastectomy bras are designed specifically with wearers of breast prostheses in mind and are an excellent way to enhance your recovery process.
Mastectomy Bras – What are They?
A mastectomy bra is a special type of bra designed for women after they have undergone a mastectomy or other form of breast cancer surgery. They are often designed with wider straps and band than the average bra in order to provide extra support and comfort to the delicate areas following surgery or radiation therapy.
Additionally, mastectomy bras are designed with sewn-in pockets in the cups to support those women who choose to wear a breast prosthesis. The cups eliminate the worry of the breast form sliding or moving around, and make it easy to remove for cleaning and care.
Mastectomy bras are ideal during your healing process. They come in a wide variety of styles and colors, but are often seamless and wire-free, providing comfort and protection for maximum recovery.
Benefits of Wearing a Mastectomy Bra
Following a breast surgery for cancer such as a mastectomy or lumpectomy, many women will require extra support and desire as much comfort as possible, and understandably so.
It may be a good idea to begin shopping for a mastectomy bra prior to your surgery, that way in the days following your surgery and you are prepared for rest and recovery. Some notable benefits of wearing a post-surgical mastectomy bra include:
- Front Closures and Clasps – Important during recovery to minimize the stretching and maneuvering that may irritate the skin around the surgical site or increase pain involved with scars.
- Seamless Fabrics and Materials – A seamless post-surgical bra is a necessity when considering absolute comfort. The skin around the surgical site and chest areas are particularly sensitive, especially if you have undergone radiation or chemotherapy. Soft, seamless fabrics provide an extra level of comfort.
- Comfortable Straps and Bands – During the healing process, scars and sensitive skin must be handled with care. Mastectomy bras with wider straps and bands minimize friction and pulling at any areas of heightened sensitivity.
When contemplating whether to purchase and wear a mastectomy bra, it is a good idea to speak with your insurance company about any reimbursements they might offer for post-mastectomy products such as these. Your insurance plan may cover some, if not all, of the cost of a mastectomy bra and breast prostheses as well.
If you are unsure about whether or not to wear breast prostheses, knowing that they can help restore balance and symmetry to your body and prevent chronic neck, back, and shoulder pain might help you in your decision. However, it is a personal choice that each woman must make and some women prefer to go flat.
Post-surgery bras may help speed your recovery process by stabilizing the chest and keeping it clean and free from infection. If you are still unsure about what is best for you, you may wish to speak with your doctor for any further advice.
A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe is dedicated to providing excellent customer service to you in your recovery. If you are considering one of our post-mastectomy bras or just have questions, feel free to reach out via our contact page or by phone at (954)-543-1262.