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Mastectomy and post-surgery bras & prosthetics

FAQs

Does Pure Breast Care NZ process the Ministry of Health Funding?
Pure Breast Care NZ is an approved Minisrty of Health Provider and therefore certified to process your grant. M

What are the benefits of post-surgery bras?

Why are the bras pocketed?

The majority of Pure Breast Care NZ Bras have bilateral pockets and are suitable after all types of surgery. The comfortable and secure pocket/COOLMAX FABRIC design means even if you don’t require a pocket you can benefit from products designed with your comfort and needs in mind. If you wear a prosthesis, place it in the pocket required. On the side where the pocket is not needed the design cleverly folds back into the cup and will act as a lining, allowing your natural breast to fill the cup.
Do Pure Breast Cares Swimsuits have pockets?
Yes all of our swimwear collection is pocketed to hold our sports prosthesis.

What bra is good for use immediately after surgery?

When you have undergone breast surgery, it is important to have a comfortable bra to wear straight after mastectomy surgery. Your arm movement maybe slightly restricted and stiff, especially if you have had lymph nodes removed, so we suggest a front fastening bra with easy front closure so you won’t need to struggle with a rear fastener. Our Hilary Bra (7060) or Comfy Bra is ideal after a mastectomy as it is pocketed to hold a softie. A softie is a lightweight temporary prosthesis which you will be given to wear for 6-8 weeks until you are fitted with a permanent silicone prosthesis. If you have had a reconstruction or a lumpectomy it is likely that you will not require a softie so a pocketed bra is not always necessary. However if there is a difference in the symmetry of your breasts a partial prostheses and pocketed bra maybe needed.
Your breast care nurse, physio or surgeon may suggest finding a supportive sports bra or good compression bra. our Lymphofit comfort bra is ideal. The clever construction gives support and compression where needed.

Undergoing radiotherapy treatment?

After you have had a radiotherapy session you may want to consider a style that is super-comfortable to wear and extra soft against your skin. Our Comfy bra is made from cotton material and with soft pocket lining, ideal for wearing after treatment.

Choosing an ideal bra if you have lymphoedema?

The wide, slightly padded straps and deeper side wings makes the Lymph o fit bra or the Patricia bra an excellent choice if you are suffering from lymphoedema. The wider straps alleviate tension on the shoulder and won’t dig in like a narrower strap would, which can often aggravate lymphoedema. The wide sides offer some compression which also helps keep lymphoedema at bay. We offer a free fitting service for this bra and will only supply if measured by one of our qualified fitters.

Can you wear underwired bras?

Pure Breast Care NZ say ‘No’ to underwire.
However if you like the support underwired bras provide it is possible to continue wearing them approximately 6-12 months after surgery. We strongly recommend you consult with your Breast Care Nurse before wearing, as scar tissue will need to have completely healed and they can check that you are not showing any signs of lymphoedema. You should also be professionally fitted where possible to make sure the wires are sitting in the correct place. You can only wear a heart or oval shaped prosthesis with an underwired bra, so please check the shape of yours before you order.
Will you visit me at my own home?
Pure Breast Care NZ is very happy to visit you in the comfort of your own home. There is no cost for a home visit service.

Testimonials

Introducing Liz Brett

Experienced breast care consultant Liz Brett is offering home visits across the region and throughout New Zealand and appointments at her new rooms in Feilding. Liz is also at The Palmerston North Cancer Society weekly.

My aim is to offer a larger, better range and choice of products for ladies after breast surgery than has previously been available.

Read more about Liz

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