Bras for Survivors
For 40 years, Front Room Underfashions has been there to support women who have just completed any kind of mastectomy, lumpectomy, or breast surgery.
Our knowledgeable staff are certified mastectomy fitters who can work with you to as you prepare for surgery or are trying to navigate life after surgery.
Because we know how personal this experience is for every woman, during your complimentary custom fitting session, we'll take time to learn who you are and find the right bra that fits you.
Curious about the process? A little scared? That's understandable. Which is why we've compiled some of the most common questions we're asked down below.
If you still have a question that hasn't been answered, please reach out to us and let us know. We'd be happy to help you out and honored to walk with you on your journey as a Survivor.
Frequently Asked Questions
Typically, mastectomy surgery comes about very quickly, leaving the patient with many anxieties. After many years of fitting for a mastectomy or lumpectomy, it has been our experience that the following questions could be of concern to a woman facing breast cancer.
Your doctor will be able to tell you when you are ready. Six weeks is a good “rule of thumb” because you want to be completely healed and the swelling to be minimal. We suggest a preview visit before your surgery. You can become acquainted with the prosthetics and you can talk to the women who work at Front Room Underfashions, who will reassure you that you are not alone.
Front Room Underfashions carries many types and brands of prosthetics. The prostheses are custom fitted, proportioned and perfectly balanced to match your natural breast. Our experienced fitters will assist you in choosing the right form for you.
Front Room Underfashions has a complete inventory. We think it is important for you to leave our shop wearing your new form and feeling confident. The fitting takes about an hour.
The purchase of a prosthesis and bra is very often covered by insurance. It is always best to check with your carrier to find out what coverage you have. It is no longer considered to be a cosmetic item.
Most insurance plans do cover a prosthesis, though a prescription from your doctor is REQUIRED. Ask your doctor to include in the prescription: silicone breast prosthesis, mastectomy surgical bras, which side your surgery was on, and diagnosis of breast cancer.
No, at Front Room Underfashions we like to fit you with fashion bras like those you are accustomed to wearing. It has been our experience that you will feel better wearing bras like the ones you have worn in the past. Any bra that fits well can be modified to be worn with a prosthesis.
Yes, all of our swimwear can be altered to be worn with a prosthesis. Our swimwear is designed to make you look fashionable and feel comfortable.
Yes, you can wear your breast form in a hot tub, swimming pool and ocean. Most breast forms are designed to withstand the same temperatures as your body. We do recommend that you gently wash and dry your breast form after these activities.
You will be amazed at how life-like the prosthesis feels. The shape and softness are very much like real breast tissue. You will be able to hug back with confidence.
Yes, your privacy is a very important consideration at Front Room Underfashions. We encourage you to bring a friend or spouse along when you come to be fitted if that would make you more comfortable.