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 right after breast reconstruction. Your surgeon will advise when it’s ok to resume wearing an undrewire bra.
  • 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).


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.

Important facts while considering your bra choices

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Resources for bras and garments:

Long Island, NY

A World of Pink
+1 (516) 513-1275
+1 (631) 364-9684

535 Broadhollow Road #A4, Melville, NY 11747

160 Crossways Park Drive, Woodbury, NY 11797

365 County Road 39A, Southhampton, NY 11968

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

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 Bra Salon
552 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10016
+1 (646) 736-1949

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

A Personal Touch Boutique

333 E Jericho Turnpike
Huntington Station, NY 11746
+1 (631) 266 2865

15 Park Avenue
Bayshore, NY 11706
+1 (631) 376 3737

1 Schwab Avenue, Suite 1
Melville, NY 11747
+1 (631) 266 2866

Westchester, NY

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 Bra Salon
100 Springdale Road, B9
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
+1 (856) 547-7674

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

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

The Friedman Center is here to help you find the right postsurgical resources to meet your needs. Please contact us at or reach out directly to your preferred boutique.

The Friedman Center is here to help you find the right postsurgical resoruces to meet your needs. Please contact us at or reach out direclty to your preferred boutique.