Abdominal Natural Tissue (Flap)
Alternative Natural Tissue (Flap)
Prep, Recovery & Support
A supportive, well-fitting bra can dramatically improve a woman’s comfort—especially after breast surgery.
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.
When looking for a new bra, focus on four key elements:
Remember that the age of your bra is critical as well! Bras are only intended to provide optimal support for about 6 months.
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).
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.