Mastectomy bras are bras that are worn after a mastectomy or partial mastectomy has taken place. They have material sewn into the cup of the bra to form a pocket. A breast form (prosthesis) can then be inserted into either one pocket to match the remaining natural breast or into both pockets if a bi-lateral mastectomy has taken place. These pockets can be made of different material such as tulle, cotton, modal or Cool Max fabric. Most health funds reimburse all or some of the cost of mastectomy bras under their extras plan.
What are the Advantages of Wearing a Mastectomy Bra?
- Secure fit - when placed in the pocket you can be assured that the form is secure and 'hidden'
- Women may prefer the feel of the pocket against their skin rather than direct contact with the silicone breast form - especially in warmer weather
- Some mastectomy bras have wider straps which help in the control of lymphoedema that may occur after surgery
- Bands on a mastectomy bra can be wider to give increased support to larger breasts and breast forms when underwires are no longer able to be worn
Women need not fear having little choice as there are many styles and colours to choose from in the mastectomy bra range. Women can still feel feminine and fashionable whilst comfortable.