A mastectomy bra is specially designed for women who have undergone a mastectomy, or a lumpectomy and can be worn with breast prostheses. Post surgical bras are made with specially designed discreet pockets inside the cups.
A quality mastectomy bra is more than just a traditional bra with added pockets. A mastectomy bra should offer enough coverage to secure your breast form and lightweight support. Because of their amazing comfort, women who have not had breast surgery but who are uncomfortable in regular bras should consider mastectomy styles. These bras also work well if you have naturally uneven breasts and would like to wear a prosthesis or padding on one side.
Mastectomy bras are manufactured with pockets in both cups. Any woman can wear a pocketed/mastectomy bra — she doesn’t have to have had breast surgery to benefit from the bra as the comfort features have a universal appeal:
- No underwire: Soft-cup, or wire-free bras, don’t have any underwire. The myth about underwire bras and cancer has been widely discredited, but some wires can irritate scar tissue or sensitive skin after surgery.
- Padded cups: In addition to the pockets, some bra cups include light padding that can create a smooth look, which can be of particular benefit where there may be uneven tissue remaining after surgery.
Center Front and Under Band: Stability features like the centerfront and wide under bandhelp the bra stay in place, and can cover scar tissue.
- Supportive side seams: Wider side seams under the arms can help hide scar tissue, and add support to the bra all the way around.
- Comfortable straps: Wider, padded shoulder straps are more comfortable for most women, and many mastectomy bras feature them.
Choosing the right bra can make all the difference in how your breast form feels. To schedule your fitting with one of our certified mastectomy fitters, please feel free to call 215-942-0120.