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Mastectomy Bras- a guide

a mastectomy bra on a model showing the pocked and prothesis
Mastectomy bras can be beautiful too

One day, we'll be able to go through this blog and archive all these posts. Until then, we'll continue to serve women through and after their treatments with compassion and expertise designed to make this whole process easier.

We usually see women after their surgery though sometimes we work with people through the entire process providing pre and post surgical solutions along the way. The same basic fit tactics are true with mastectomy bras with a few additional considerations.

A mastectomy bra is specifically designed for individuals who have undergone a mastectomy, which is the surgical removal of one or both breasts. These bras are tailored to address the unique needs and concerns of mastectomy patients. Here are some key differences between mastectomy bras and traditional bras:

  1. Prosthesis Pockets:

  • One of the most significant differences is that mastectomy bras often have built-in pockets to accommodate breast prostheses. These pockets securely hold the prosthesis in place, providing symmetry and a natural appearance.

  1. Comfort and Support:

  • Mastectomy bras are designed with extra comfort and support in mind. They often feature wider straps and underbands to distribute weight more evenly and reduce pressure on the chest and shoulders. A tight enough band can also accomplish this.

  1. Soft Materials:

  • Mastectomy bras typically use softer materials that are gentle on sensitive post-surgery skin. The seams are often designed to minimize irritation on scar tissue.

  1. Coverage and Shape:

  • Mastectomy bras may offer fuller coverage and higher necklines to provide additional support and coverage for scar tissue or surgical incisions. They are also designed to provide a natural shape and silhouette.

  1. Adjustability:

  • Many mastectomy bras feature adjustable straps and multiple hook-and-eye closures to accommodate changes in swelling or fluctuations in size that may occur during the healing process.

  1. Special Features:

  • Some mastectomy bras come with additional features such as front closures or Velcro fastenings, making them easier to put on and take off, especially for individuals with limited mobility after surgery.

Some traditional bras work really well as mastectomy bras- it depends on your prothesis (or lack of) and your bra fitting preferences. Something that works 6 months after surgery might be too relaxed two years later. Your needs will change as your body adapts and heals.

Prosthetics also come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Here's the thing- your original breasts weren't an exact match- you shouldn't expect your remaining breast and your prosthetic to be exact either. Really the only time that's possible is if you've had a bilateral mastectomy, then you can choose what ever size and shape you'd like. They could still sit differently on your chest depending on your ribs. In any case, none of this is something your have to figure out on your own. We're here to help you.

Breast cancer is rough enough. Your bra shouldn't add to the stress. Book a mastectomy fitting and let's get you squared away. We can't take insurance, but we can give you everything you need for reimbursement. We're in your corner and you deserve to feel amazing.

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