Postsurgical Bras

A supportive, well-fitting bra can dramatically improve
a woman’s comfort—especially after breast surgery.

Finding a Bra that Fits

Bras come in all shapes, sizes, fabrics, and colors. Many women choose a bra
based on comfort, price, activity level, or the way they feel wearing it. While
all factors and your personal preferences are important, fit should
be at the top of your priority list when bra shopping.

A well-fitting bra supports the breasts without squeezing them. A bra
that does not fit properly can be uncomfortable and even painful.

Four Key Elements

When looking for a new bra, focus on four key elements:

  • Underbust band. Should be wide enough to support the breasts without rolling or folding.
  • Cups. Should support or cradle the breast without significantly altering its natural shape. Underwire is not recommended after breast reconstruction.
  • Straps. Should be easily adjustable and wide enough that they will not dig into your shoulders.
  • Fastener. Should be wide and secure without causing irritation to your skin.

Remember that the age of your bra is critical as well! Bras are only intended to provide optimal support for about 6 months.

Insurance Coverage

After a mastectomy or lumpectomy, certain items will be covered by insurance
(as mandated by the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act). Postsurgical camisoles
are covered, and for women who choose not to have breast reconstruction,
prostheses, balance forms, and pocket bras are also covered for the rest of your
life. Women who have had reconstruction may also use pocket bras (although the
“pocket” will remain empty since the new breast already fills the cup).

Resources

Specialized retailers provide postsurgical bras for women who have had breast surgery. Depending on the recommendation of your doctor, you may wish to purchase a compression bra or a bra built to accommodate the drains you will have after surgery. Some doctors will also recommend abdominal binders for additional support after abdominal flap reconstruction.

The Friedman Center has an onsite mastectomy bra fitter who can help you choose a postsurgical bra that meets your needs. Appointments are typically scheduled on Thursday afternoons. Please complete our patient intake form and return it to your surgical coordinator, who will manage any necessary insurance clearance. You will then be contacted to set up your appointment.

Additionally, the Friedman Center and Northwell Health have partnered with Vivo Health Boutique to set up convenient locations for purchasing postsurgical bras inside several Northwell Health facilities. To make an appointment or for other assistance, contact us at [email protected] or reach out directly to your preferred boutique.

Bra fitting availability at the following Northwell Health Locations:

The Friedman Center for Breast & Lymphatic Surgery
600 Northern Blvd., Ste. 310
Great Neck, NY 11021
+1 (516) 224-2350

Center for Advanced Medicine
450 Lakeville Road
Lake Success, NY 11042
+1 (516) 734-7780

Lenox Hill Hospital
100 East 77th Street
New York, NY 10075
+1 (212) 434-4980

Comprehensive Breast Center
Staten Island University Hospital
256 Mason Avenue, Building B, 2nd Floor
Staten Island, NY 10305
+1 (856) 552-3884

Important facts while considering your bra choices

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Other resources for bras and garments:

Long Island, NY

A World of Pink
535 Broadhollow Rd, Ste. A4
Melville, NY 11747
+1 (516) 513-1275
+1 (631) 364-9684

Lilly’s Mastectomy & Wig Boutique
5 Station Plaza
Glen Head, NY 11545
+1 (516) 674-8109

Nordstrom
630 Old Country Road
Garden City, NY 11530
+1 (516) 746-0011

Secrets Mastectomy Boutique
1008 W Jericho Turnpike
Smithtown, NY 11787
+1 (631) 864-7560

Womens Boutique
112 Broadway
Malverne, NY 11565
+1 (516) 292-1320

New York City

Linda’s
552 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10016
+1 (646) 736-1949

Nordstrom
225 W 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
+1 (212) 295-2000

Underneath it All
320 5th Avenue, #1009
New York, NY 10001
+1 (212) 717-1976

Westchester, NY

Nordstrom
135 Westchester Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601
+1 (914) 946-1122

New Jersey

Janet’s Post-Mastectomy Boutique
441 Passaic Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
+1 (201) 488-7866

Linda’s
100 Springdale Road, B9
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
+1 (856) 547-7674

Longevity
25-e S Van Brunt St
Englewood, NJ 07631
+1 (201) 569-8033

Nordstrom
501 Garden State Plaza
Paramus, NJ 07652
+1 (201) 843-1122