If you've been through a mastectomy, you've been through a lot. After the procedure, you have months of therapy and adjustment. One of the biggest adjustments, perhaps one of the hardest, is dealing with your physical appearance. What's important is that you take the time necessary to find a good mastectomy bra that fills your needs.
You'll want to buy a bra in a material that breathes: silk and cotton, for starters. Like with any bra shopping, you'll need to shop around—perhaps a lot of shopping—to find what really fits you best. Probably the one of the most important aspects of mastectomy bras to address is breast forms, or prostheses, the inserts that fill the vacated cup in the bra. With mastectomy bras, there is a little pocket or something of the like on the inside of the cup that keeps the prostheses in place, providing for a completely natural and unaffected outward appearance.
After you have your mastectomy, talk with your doctor about prostheses, and what would be the best option for you. You may want a silicone prostheses to add natural weight to your bust, helping prevent shoulder drop and posture problems. A non-silicone insert, like one made of foam, isn't weighted and can be used when exercising or swimming. For more intense exercise, you can even opt for mastectomy sports bras. If you've undergone a partial mastectomy, you can opt for partial prosthesis. The partial inserts are designed to be worn over your actual breast to give your bust a fuller appearance.
You may not be able to wear a breast prosthesis immediately after your surgery; it's best to consult your physician on when would be the best time to segue into prostheses after your mastectomy. When you go for your fitting, make sure to wear something that is closely fitting so you can find the mastectomy bra that will best fit you. While the adjustment during recovery from a mastectomy is significant and hard, if you acquire the proper sized prostheses and mastectomy bras, then no one will be able to tell. Your physical appearance will be completely normal.
If you want your insurance to cover the mastectomy and prostheses (which, who wouldn't want that), then make sure that your doctor writes you out a prescription. Recovery from a mastectomy is long and hard, so do what you can to make the transition easier. Mastectomy bras and prostheses are designed to make you feel more at ease with your body. Take advantage of them!