Upon first look mastectomy bras don’t stand out as a unique type of bra. In fact, these types of bras greatly resemble any other type of bra, however, they are specially designed to help support you after surgery and keep you comfortable post-surgery. Here is more information about mastectomy bras, what they do, and how they are constructed to provide optimal care.
The Design of Mastectomy Bras
The design of a mastectomy bra makes it visually plain at first glance however its design has several features that make it uniquely suited for those who have undergone a mastectomy. Here are the design features that make mastectomy bras unique.
- Pockets: a key feature of a mastectomy bra is that it has hidden pockets located in the cups. These pockets are designed to hold a prosthesis to match a natural breast and can be used for one or both cups depending on need. Because mastectomy bras are designed to properly hold and support a prosthetic this makes them a more comfortable solution than trying to modify a traditional bra.
- Underband: on a mastectomy bra there is a band running along the bottom. This is designed to help the bra stay in place. The underband is also wider than on traditional bras providing further coverage to protect any scars.
- Straps: when compared to a traditional bra a mastectomy bra has straps that are wider in design. This increases comfort and also provides better support. Straps on a mastectomy bra are often padded to provide further comfort for the wearer.
- Seams and Camisole: a mastectomy bra is a secure garment and designed to provide full support to the wearer. The seams are cut high to provide support, comfort, and coverage. Some bras may also have a camisole to provide further scar coverage and style, this is an optional feature and up to your preferences.
Choosing a Bra
When selecting a mastectomy bra you are not limited in your choices as there are several different styles and types of bra to choose from. You have options such as sports bras, t-shirt bras, and other standard designs to choose from with different colors to choose from. In addition, there are styles ranging from the simple to the extravagant for you to consider. When selecting a mastectomy bra you should consider your comfort and as you heal you can make changes to lighter bras if you choose to do so. There really are several options to choose from and having a mastectomy does not limit your ability to dress as you choose.