Following breast cancer surgery, it is important for women to be prepared for and supported in their recovery and healing process. Although breast cancer is a life-changing experience, afterward is a new chapter and the chance for a fresh outlook on life.
If you or a loved one has recently undergone a single or double mastectomy or other breast cancer surgery, it is important to invest in a comfortable post-mastectomy bra. A mastectomy bra can be an ally in each woman’s recovery, and knowing what to look for can make the shopping process less stressful and more rewarding.
The Basics of Mastectomy Bras
A double mastectomy is a major surgery that changes a woman’s body permanently. While the changes may take some time to get used to, there are many post-mastectomy products available to help women regain confidence and comfort in their own body. Mastectomy bras are designed specifically for women who have undergone breast cancer surgery and who require extra support for the healing and recovery process.
An ideal mastectomy bra should feature adjustable straps to accommodate for your needed level of support and comfort each day. Wider bands around the bust help to prevent tension and pulling on any developing scar tissue. A bra with seamless fabrics may help to prevent rubbing and irritation on sensitive skin areas around the surgical site.
Mastectomy bras are often free from uncomfortable underwires but provide extra molded support in the cups comparable to underwire bras. Front closures help to reduce the twisting motion of putting on and taking off your bra that may lead to discomfort.
Another important feature of mastectomy bras are pockets sewn into the bra cups. These pockets allow women to wear a breast prosthesis with confidence that they won’t slip out or move around. In addition, the pockets make it easy to remove the prosthesis for cleaning and care.
The Best Bras
The best bras to wear after a double mastectomy or other breast surgeries should include those supportive features as well as make you feel comfortable, confident, and beautiful. Mastectomy bra styles can be just as flattering and sexy as your regular bras, and there is something to fit each woman’s style preference.
Our online and in-store inventory is expansive, and it is important to try bras on prior to purchasing. However, a few of our favorites are listed here to give you an idea of what to look for.
- The Classique Mastectomy bra is a back and front closure bra that provides extra support with adjustable back straps.
- The Anita Safina Post-Mastectomy bra is an elegant yet supportive bra for women who prefer something a bit more sexy.
- Wide, padded straps provide stabilized support in the seamless Amoena Dianna non-wired soft mastectomy bra.
- The Amoena Aurelie wire-free mastectomy bra is lacey and luxurious while still providing support with padded straps and wide bands as well as soft cups.
- The Jodee Active Cool Cotton mastectomy sports bra features moisture wicking material for ultimate comfort as well as polyester pockets to hold breast forms.
- The Anita Versailles wire-free mastectomy bra is a floral print with comfortable stretch microfiber and stabilizing shoulder pads.
Mastectomy Bras and Breast Forms
Following breast cancer surgery, you will be given the option to consider various breast reconstructive surgeries. If the thought of enduring another major surgery is unappealing to you, breast forms or a breast prosthesis may be more desirable.
Breast forms help to not only reestablish the feminine curve and appearance of your body, but they can actually help to restore balance and symmetry as well.
When one or both of your breasts are removed during surgery, the balance and symmetry of the body become compromised, which can lead to further health issues such as chronic neck and back pain. Breast forms help to reduce this risk by enabling proper posture. Breast forms come in all styles and sizes and can even be custom made to perfectly fit your body.
Mastectomy Bra Fitters
When shopping for the perfect double mastectomy bras and other post-mastectomy items, you may feel a bit overwhelmed during the process. At A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe, we are committed to providing relevant and educational information to our clients to enable them to make the best choices for their lifestyle and needs. Our staff of board certified mastectomy fitters are knowledgeable and capable of assisting you in finding the perfect post-mastectomy bra.
When working with one of our certified fitters, they will take measurements and evaluate your surgical site in order to help guide you on products that will work best for you. They can assist you with questions or concerns you might have about the products you are interested in purchasing.
Our certified fitters can also help you navigate through your insurance policy to determine whether your post-mastectomy products will be covered or require a doctor’s prescription.
If you meet with a certified fitter prior to your surgery, they can measure your bra size before and after to ensure a proper fit. They can also make a recommendation for a post-surgical bra and comfort bra to wear directly after surgery. If you are meeting with a fitter post-surgery and have not yet decided whether to wear a bra, they can provide you with educational information and resources to help you make your decision.
Shopping for post-mastectomy bras and breast forms can feel overwhelming at first, but our goal is to help make your experience as stress-free as possible. Our staff of compassionate and knowledgeable mastectomy fitters can help to ensure that you choose the right products for your body and lifestyle.
Whether just browsing our online inventory, or interested in setting up a personal fitting, please contact us with any questions or concerns you might have. We look forward to guiding you through your different stages of recovery and helping you regain your confidence.