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Finding the Perfect Fit: A Mastectomy Bra Fitting Guide

Unlocking Comfort and Confidence: Your Ultimate Guide to Mastectomy Bra Sizing

Woman checking the fit of her Masthead Elizabeth Pink Surgical Bra and adjusting the straps


For women undergoing mastectomy or other breast surgeries, finding a bra that offers the right fit and comfort is essential. The right mastectomy bra provides the support and confidence needed during the recovery process. In this comprehensive mastectomy bra fitting guide, we’ll not only walk you through measuring for a mastectomy bra but also provide additional insights to ensure you find the perfect fit that combines support, comfort, compression, and adjustability.

Understanding the Importance of a Proper Fit

A well-fitting bra not only supports the physical changes your body will undergo but also plays a significant role in boosting your confidence. A comfortable and supportive bra can make a world of difference in your daily comfort and overall sense of confidence and well-being after surgery.

It’s extremely important to wear the right size Masthead bra, which is why we offer our bras in so many sizes! We want to ensure the best outcome for every woman. Finding the perfect fit ensures that you will get enough support, comfort, compression and adjustability with your bra.

Step 1: Gathering Your Tools for Accurate Measurements

To begin the fitting process, gather a soft measuring tape, a mirror, and a notepad to jot down your measurements. Wearing a non-padded bra or going without one will give you the most accurate measurements.

Note: If you don’t have a tape measure, use a piece of rigid string, and then measure the string with your ruler or yardstick.

Step 2: Measure Your Overbust

Wrap the measuring tape around the widest part of your back, aligning with your shoulder blades. Bring it around to the fullest part of your bust at the nipple line. Note your measurement in inches.

We don’t recommend using your regular bra size for reference. Lingerie bras use cup sizes and the measurement under the breast, which do not correspond reliably to Masthead bra sizes.

Step 3: Consult the Masthead Size Chart

Check our Masthead size chart to find the corresponding bra size for your overbust measurement. This chart is your roadmap to the perfect fit.

Measuring tape wrapped around the widest part of the back for overbust measurement and consulting the Masthead size chart for mastectomy bra sizing

If you are in doubt, or worried that you will get swollen after surgery, consider going up one size.

Step 4: Select Your Bra Style

Beyond the basic measurements, consider any unique needs you may have. Some mastectomy bras come with pockets to hold breast forms, providing symmetry and balance. Ensure the bra style you choose aligns with your preferences and post-surgery requirements.

The Elizabeth Pink Surgical Bra, our most popular bra, is an ideal choice, particularly for those who expect to have JP drains. Featuring our patented loops and rings, it provides secure and convenient drain management.

Need more surface area of support and compression? Our Judy Long-Line Bra is a great option. If you will have JP drains, we recommend pairing this bra with our shower lanyard to hold your drains.

And for those with more than two drains, our Elizabeth Pink Surgical Bra with Convertible Loops and Rings takes it a step further, providing four loops and rings for comprehensive and drain management.

Step 5: Confirm the Perfect Fit

When you receive our bra from your hospital, surgeon or online order, check to make sure the bra feels secure and comfortable. The straps should sit comfortably on your shoulders, and the band should be parallel to the ground. You can find more instructions for Fitting and Putting on the Elizabeth Pink Surgical Bra on our site.

For online shop purchases, we’ve got you covered. We gladly offer refunds, exchanges, or replacements for any products bought from our online shop within 30 days of purchase, as long as they are in their original unused condition.

If your Masthead bra was provided by your hospital or surgeon but you need a different size, we suggest reaching out to your nurse navigator for assistance in obtaining a replacement size. Alternatively, you can effortlessly order another bra from our site. Our team is here to help, so feel free to contact us if you need any assistance or size recommendations!

Additional Tips for Determining Your Mastectomy Bra Size

Our bras are designed to fit no matter what kind of treatment you and your doctor decide is best for you. The stretch and recovery features of the state-of-the-art performance fabric in Masthead bras will mold to your post-surgery body and provide just the right amount of support and compression to optimize healing and comfort. If you are measuring before your surgery, please consider some of the following, depending on the procedure:

Various Masthead mastectomy bra options catering to unique post-surgery needs. Bra sizing tips for different breast surgery and reconstruction procedures.

Wash and Care Instructions

To ensure your Masthead bra continues to function, fit, and support as designed, proper care is essential. Whether you choose handwashing or opt for the gentle cycle on your washing machine, using a mild detergent with cold or warm water can significantly prolong the life of your bra.

Before washing, securely close any Velcro tapes to prevent them from sticking to the bra or other clothing. For added protection, consider placing the garment in a lingerie bag during the washing process. After washing, we recommend laying the bra flat or hanging it to air-dry. Do not put the bra in the dryer.

In the case of blood or serous fluid stains, begin by soaking the affected area in cold water before washing. For stubborn stains, the use of an oxygen bleach is recommended to effectively remove them, ensuring your Masthead bra maintains its pristine condition and continues to provide the support and comfort it was designed for.

Embracing Comfort and Confidence in Your Mastectomy Bra

Finding the right mastectomy bra is an exercise in self-care and empowerment. By taking the time to measure properly and consider your individual needs, you’re investing in your recovery, comfort and confidence. You deserve a bra that not only fits perfectly but also celebrates your strength and beauty.

At Masthead, our commitment is to help you find the perfect bra that not only fits you, but also puts you in charge of your healing journey. Use this Mastectomy Bra Fitting Guide as a roadmap to finding a recovery bra that feels right for you. If you have uncertainties, consult your healthcare provider or reach out to our team—we’re here to support you every step of the way.

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  1. Lucy Rifas

    I had a lumpectomy, in 2022. I went bra shopping after months of healing unfortunately I haven’t had any luck finding a bra that would fit. My daughter was able to find a front zipper soft bra, which I have been wearing for the past two years. I want a bra that would give me some support. I used to wear underwire bras but since my surgery I was told I could not wear them anymore. I don’t enjoy wearing sweaters or anything tight because my breast looks sagging… It makes me depress when I look in the mirror. Would you be able to help me find a bra that would fit me perfect? I have always had one breast larger than the other, it has always been a little difficult finding the right bra. after my lumpectomy its more difficult. No one told me they had special bras for us who had breast surgery. I had my mammogram done this week and something told me to ask the tech, it turned out she gave me a lead. on how to look on the internet and I was lucky to find your site, I hope you can help me or give me some direction as to where to go. Thank You

    1. Amberley Ransom Author

      Hi Lucy,

      Thank you so much for reaching out and sharing your journey with us. We understand the challenges you’ve faced, and we’re here to help.

      Our Luna All-Day Bra is designed to provide the support you need without feeling confining, making it the perfect solution if you are ready to move on from your surgical bra and resume normal activity but not quite ready to wear a structured bra. Crafted from our special performance fabric, it feels ultra-soft against the skin while still offering support and compression.

      We’re committed to helping you feel confident and comfortable. Please visit our website at to explore our range of recovery bras. For personalized assistance in finding the perfect fit based on your unique requirements, our customer support team is ready to help. A quick conversation about your individual needs can make all the difference.

      Please don’t hesitate to reach out by phone or email for further assistance! • 1.914.713.8550

      Wishing you comfort and healing!

  2. Clorinda Annarummo

    Is there somewhere I can be fitted and try on?

    1. Amberley Ransom Author

      Hi Clorinda,

      While we don’t have physical shops for fittings and trying on, we do offer options to ensure you find the perfect fit. Our e-commerce site allows you to purchase with confidence. We offer a refund, exchange, or replacement within 30 days of purchase, provided the items are in their original unused condition. Additionally, you can speak with with your healthcare team to see if your hospital or surgeon supplies our bras. If you have more sizing questions, feel free to reach out to our team. We’re here to help!

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