Choosing a Bra
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Introducing Nicola Jane:
'Nicola Jane is the UK's leading mastectomy and post-surgery wear specialists, offering the widest selection of pocketed mastectomy bras, swimwear and breast forms. Expertly designed with comfort, security and fit in mind, our collection can be worn after all types of breast surgery including mastectomy, partial mastectomy, lumpectomy and reconstruction. Established in 1984 our small, family-run business has been helping to rebuild our customers' confidence and restore femininity for the past 38 years and there is nothing more important to us than helping you find what you are looking for.
Bras For Different Surgery Types
At Nicola Jane, we offer a range of mastectomy and post-surgery bras, each suitable for different types of breast surgery. It is important to understand which bra is the best option for your specific needs.
Bras For Immediately After Surgery
When you have undergone breast surgery, it is important to have a comfortable bra to wear during the recovery phase. Your arm movement may be slightly restricted and stiff, especially if you have had lymph nodes removed, so many women opt for a front fastening bra. The easy front closure on these styles ensure you won’t need to struggle with a rear fastener.
All Nicola Jane bras are suitable to be worn after a mastectomy. Mastectomy bras are pocketed to hold a prosthesis on one or both sides in a way that matches your natural breast. If you have had a mastectomy, and don't have any further complications, such as lymphoedema, you may wish to jump straight to our guide to bra style.
Following a reconstruction, many women go straight back to wearing 'normal' bras. However, there are many benefits to choosing a bra specifically designed for post-surgery wear. Firstly, a post-surgery bra will offer much more support than a typical high-street bra. This is achieved through a wider underband which many women find more comfortable. Post-surgery bras also typically have a higher front and wider sides which have the dual benefit of offering additional support, as well as covering any scarring.
If you have lymphoedema, your needs may be slightly different. It is likely that you will find it more comfortable to wear a bra with wider straps, and a deeper side wing. The wider straps alleviate tension on the shoulder and won’t dig in, as this can often aggravate lymphoedema. The wide sides also offer some compression which may help to keep lymphoedema at bay.
Nicola Jane are in every month so get in touch to book in or find out more.