AFTER YOUR MASTECTOMY

Here are some of the key things you need to know about breast prostheses, post surgery and mastectomy bras. Please feel free to contact us should you have have any more questions –

BRAS IMMEDIATELY AFTER YOUR MASTECTOMY

Immediately after your mastectomy we recommend that you wear a soft,  non-underwired post operative support bra.

Features of a good bra to use after surgery are:

  • The bra should offer 4 dimensional stretch to ensure that there is light compression over the surgery site helping to manage swelling as well as;
  • Provide support to your remaining breast.
  • Wide side and back walls will ensure pressure is optimally distributed ensuring comfort
  • Wide soft under-band
  • Front fastening are recommended as it makes putting on/ taking off a bra much easier.
  • Pocketed cups. This is a key feature that will allow you to put your initial breast  prosthesis in (A soft fiber filled prostheses)
  • Has pockets for post operative breast prostheses

We recommend that you get 2 -3 of these bras to ensure that you have a clean one as your surgery site may still have a discharge.

Depending on the post operative bra, it can also be used during radiation therapy. (Bras that are suitable for radiotherapy have no metal components)

*Note: Post operative bras and sport bras are not the same. Check with your when he is happy for you to start wearing a bra

LONG TERM ADVICE ON MASTECTOMY BRAS

Once the site of surgery has healed you  will need a bra that can house a breast prosthesis, support your existing breast  and will be comfortable to wear – we recomment the following for maximum comfort:

  • Soft pocketed cups. The pockets are sewn into bra to house your breast  prostheses
  • a wide underband – the band that goes under the cups and around your back
  • deep front and side panels – this does depend on your surgery but it is a good general rule
  • full cups
  • cup separation (the centre of the bra, between the cups, should sit  flat on your chest) – this will keep  the prosthesis securely in place
  • fully adjustable straps
  • no underwires

If you have never been professionally fitted – now is the time!

BREAST PROSTHESES

Breast prosthesis forms have been designed to provide a breast-like shape to  complete your female physique, symmetry and body image. There are breast forms  for immediately after surgery (Soft fiber filled forms) & for long term use breast  forms (made from silicon).

Soft fiber filled forms are ideal immediately after surgery as they are soft & comfortable. They will give you the body shape & confidence you need during the first couple of months.

Long term external silicone breast  prostheses are weighted prosthesis,made of silicone, which is designed to simulate natural breast tissue and breast shape.

Breast prostheses create symmetry and  resemble the existing breast shape,size and weight. This ensures that body image is restored- and willresult you feeling more “whole”again.Breast prostheses that are correctly fitted will make your clothes fit well again as well as help your posture, prevent shoulder drop, and problems with balance