The Best Mastectomy Bras for Comfort & Style Post-Surgery

by Natalie Kiser

October 26, 2021 at 6:33pm PM EDT

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After having a mastectomy or lumpectomy, a person's bra needs might change. Ashley Britton/SheKnows

After a breast cancer survivor has had a mastectomy or a lumpectomy, she usually has new needs in a bra — which is where mastectomy bras come in.

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For the uninitiated, mastectomy bras have special built-in pockets where you can opt to insert a breast prosthesis (a form shaped like a breast) on one or both sides. This can allow you to get a more symmetrical look or to look and feel like “yourself” again, without breast reconstruction surgery, if that’s what you want.

Thankfully, lingerie brands are catching on and creating mastectomy bras that offer all the comfort and convenience breast cancer survivors need, but also aren’t absolutely hideous.

We’ve got a mix here — comfy bras for relaxing at home, stylish bras for when you want to get dressed up and even sports bras for when you feel like getting moving. There are bras here with padding and bras without. Many have front closures, so they’re easy to put on and take off if you have any challenges with your range of motion. There are post-surgery bras to wear while you’re still recovering — and more stylish mastectomy bras you can switch to afterwards. While there’s plenty of variety, there’s one thing these mastectomy bras have in common: no wire .

Check out our picks for the best mastectomy bras and see if there’s one (or a couple) that might be a good fit for you.

A version of this story was published October 2019.

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Empower II Daily Bra A-C

We’re loving the super soft fabric of this modern sports bra. (It comes in black and pink too.) It also offers major versatility, since cups can be completely removed and straps are adjustable.

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TomboyX Adaptable Soft Sports Bra with Removable Inserts

For people recovering from mastectomy, in transition or who just want nipple coverage, this sports bra comes with removable inserts that can be replaced with pads or breast forms.

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Cacique No-Wire Mastectomy Bra

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Sendyou Everyday Mastectomy Bra

Lovely lace and an easy front closure make this wire-free bra feel both elegant and easy to wear. It comes with fiberfill inserts and pockets for adding a breast form or shaper.

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Amoena Ellen Wire-Free Bra

Lovely lace and an easy front closure make this wire-free bra feel both elegant and easy to wear. It comes with fiberfill inserts and pockets for adding a breast form or shaper.

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TomboyX Holster Bra

Designed specifically for people recovering from a unilateral mastectomy, the Holster Bra gives unilateral support in the non-surgery side while letting the side that is recovering breathe a bit. Adjustable hooks make it easy to take off and put on with minimal overhead struggling.

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AnaOno Monica Full-Coverage Mastectomy Bra

We love the simplicity of this full-coverage, medium support bra. Wear it with expanders, breast forms or prostheses — or without. Either way, you’ll have a smooth look, since its pockets lay flat. Straps can be converted from a wide back to a cross-back position.

AnaOno Monica Full-Coverage Mastectomy Bra $54 Buy now Sign Up

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Chantelle Merci Wire-Free Mastectomy Bra

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The Adjustable Scoop Mastectomy Camisole

A comfortable and soft camisole for people in recovery with optional inserts for foam prosthesis mimics the look of a classic undershirt and provides ample comfort as you recovery.

Busted Tank Adjustable Scoop Mastectomy Camisole $28 Buy now Sign Up

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Empower Mastectomy Bra Insert

If you’re looking for inserts that would pair with your favorite bra, these ones from Athleta are totally comfortable options. Discreet, sturdy and able to stay put in a natural shape they can be worn day-to-day or while working out.