30 March 15

How to Choose and Fit a Mastectomy Bra and Breast Form.

For women who have breast cancer, after they have had their surgery, they’re thinking about breast forms and their new bra fitting options. This is an incredibly vulnerable time in your life and preparing you for your first bra fitting after a mastectomy is important, so you need to know what to expect.

I advise you to avoid going into Bra ‘n’ Things and Department Stores as you don’t know if the sales assistant or Bra Fitter will be able to help you, because they’re aren’t necessarily qualified in mastectomy fittings.  If you don’t receive advice with care it’s likely that their lack of empathy and understanding will leave you upset with a bad fitting experience.

The aim of this post is to shed some light, so you know what to expect.
The world of mastectomy or pocketed bras and prostheses can be daunting for breast cancer survivors. Breast surgery is difficult enough let alone trying to shop for mastectomy bras and prosthetics. It shouldn't be this way and needn't add any further angst.
Fortunately, today's mastectomy/pocketed bras and breast forms have come a long way in the last 50 years. Even the pocketed bras now come in most of the same styles and many of the same colors as regular bras.

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So what do you do and where do you start?

Approximately 6-8 weeks after surgery when healing is complete you can start by getting fitted with a mastectomy/pocketed bra and a breastform (prothesis).

Prosthetics are also known as "breastforms," and in the past were typically made of silicone gel inside a soft, flexible polyeurathane shell. With over 50 years of development, Trulife are at the forefront of breastform to technology, having just launched in 2015, their Sublime range which is made solely of 100percent silicon and 50percent lightweight. It is the lightest, most natural feeling breastform on the market and can be worn with or without a pocketed bra. It won't split like the older styled breastforms. Sublime has an international patent and has a large size range to ensure a perfect fit. Be comforted that with Trulife Breast Care's vast history, they offer an extensive breastform range to cater to all body shapes and personal needs. The idea is to match the breast form as closely as possible to the existing breast (in the case of single mastectomies).

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Mastectomy bras are designed with pockets inside the cups and designed to hold the breastforms snuggly to the chest without unnecessary movement. Choose a mastectomy bra that fits correctly. A properly fitted mastectomy bra will ensure that the breastform rests firmly against the chest and doesn't slip from side to side, up or down. You want to feel secure in it.

Single mastectomy patients should choose a breastform in the same cup size as the existing breast. The right prosthesis will fit closely to the chest without any gaps.
Double mastectomy patients can choose any cup size when it comes to breastforms. Most women feel most comfortable choosing a breastform that is  close to her former cup size. However, it is possible to choose a smaller or larger cup size if preferred. Your specialised Breast Care Fitter is trained to provide advise. Ultimately, do what works for you.

The aim is to have a natural transition; most fitters recommend not to go more than one cup size larger or smaller. It's also recommended to choose a shape that is most similar to your own breasts and still complements your body shape.

Trulife Breast Care Fitting Specialists will fit you for a breastform that will compliment your body shape as well as fit you for a Trulife pocketed bra so you feel comfortable and look great.

Mastectomy bra fitting:
• The bra should rest firmly against body, but will not cut into the skin.
• It should not leave marks or indentations in the skin after removal.
• It will hold the mastectomy breastform firmly in place. In the case of a single mastectomy, it will appear undetectable from the remaining natural breast.
• Whether one or both breasts have been removed the mastectomy bra should feel comfortable and should look good.

Where to buy them in Australia?

Did you know this! You can get up to $400 back! YAY….

The National External Breast Prostheses Reimbursement Program
The National External Breast Prostheses Reimbursement Program is a new Australian Government initiative to provide reimbursement of up to $400 for both new and replacement external breast prostheses to all eligible women who have had a mastectomy as a result of breast cancer. The $400 limit applies for each prosthesis for each breast.
The Australian Government’s reimbursement program will commence on 1 December 2008 with Medicare Australia administering the reimbursements. External breast prostheses purchased from 1 July 2008 will be eligible for reimbursement. Once a claim has been made, reimbursements for replacement prostheses can be claimed no earlier than two years from the date of purchase of the last prosthesis.

Contact Trulife Breast Care to find a Specialist Fitter closest to you, 1800 809 635 or visit www.opchealth.com.au/

Other sites you may wish to visit are


National Breast Cancer Foundation www.nbcf.org.au

McGrath Foundation www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au

Breast Health for all  reimbursement info www.nbocc.org.au

 

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