Having the right bra makes all the difference. We will help you choose the right bra; maybe one that you already have will work or we can recommend bra styles and brands that we know work with women’s bodies and prosthetics. We will show you what features to look for.
- Wide enough to be comfortable especially if you are large breasted
Elastic in cleavage area
- Hugs the prosthesis
- Helps keep it in place
Fit close to chest
- When bending over, prosthesis stays against body
- Primarily for comfort
- Doesn’t roll (too wide)
Wide side panels
- To contain excess tissue
- Light compression and support
- Your bra should fit snugly around you. You should be able to fit one or two fingers under the band comfortably. If you are pulling down on the back of the band or pulling up on the shoulder straps, then the band is too big.
- If the shoulder straps dig in, try loosening the straps or try a strap with a larger width. One finger should run smoothly under the strap. Some bras have padded or gel cushioned straps.
- Your breast should completely fill the cup. If there is gapping or wrinkling in the cup but the band feels fine, then go down a cup size.
- You do not want to be spilling out of the cup from the top, bottom or sides. If the band feels fine, then go up a cup size.If you raise your arms, your bra should stay in place, snug against your body. It should not lift up or off. If this happens, loosen the shoulder straps and pay attention to how the band feels. If both of those are fine and your bra still lifts, go up a cup size.
- Try on several different styles of bras. Every style fits and feels different and can shape your breast differently. Be sure and go shopping when you have some time and you are feeling well. Don’t rush it.When your bra fits correctly, it should not be painful or uncomfortable to wear
If you have any questions please call 1-877-607-7645, and we will be happy to assist you.
Better Breast and Bra Designs
A good design is always good but that doesn’t mean that a modification can’t make it even better. Women’s bra designs have changed over the years in both construction and appearance. The underwire has been a supportive component in bra design dating all the way back to the late 1800’s. A more modern version of the underwire was introduced in the 1930’s and has remained largely unchanged since that time. Underwires are thin strips of metal, plastic or resin that are placed in fabric channels under each bra cup. Underwires, along with the construction of the bra help to lift, separate and support the breasts. The design is effective in providing support but may not always be comfortable to wear. What many women don’t realize is that underwires can easily be removed without compromising the support that the bra offers. By removing a few stitches from the top of the channel that holds the underwire, the end of the wire is exposed. You may be able to pull the underwire out by hand or by using a pair of pliers if it is stubborn. Sew the channels back up and behold, you have a bra that is supportive AND comfortable. Prosthetic design has evolved over the years as well but breast prosthetics in particular have not changed nearly as much as other types of body prosthetics. It is difficult to explain why; maybe it has to do with the advances in reconstructive surgery or perhaps taking a proactive approach to managing post surgery body changes is not encouraged. Women should know that there are individuals that are committed to making better prosthetic options available. My team at Bressante and I are doing just that and we plan to continue modifying and innovating so that women can feel comfortable and beautiful as they travel on the road to recovery after breast cancer.