If you have any other questions that I can assist with, please feel free to get in touch by phone, text or email.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Mastectomy Bra?
The main difference between a standard bra and a mastectomy bra are hidden pockets which are integrated into both of the cups. These cups are designed to hold a prosthesis or breast form in a way that matches your natural breast. I stock a large range of mastectomy bras to suit all styles and preferences.
How long after surgery should I be fitted with bras?
Once your scarring has healed and any swelling has gone down, your consultant or breastcare nurse will advise you on the time to be fitted. In most cases this is usually 6 weeks after surgery depending on the extent of the surgery you have had. Some ladies benefit from the support of softer bras or a compression bra during healing. I can advise you on what is the best option for you.
How soon can I be fitted with a prosthesis?
Every surgery is different as the surgery and scarring can vary greatly, your consultant or breastcare nurse will guide you on your progress and a time to be fitted. My advice would be that it is important to feel very comfortable so you may require a temporary lightweight prosthesis to regain your shape and allow your body time to recover. In most cases a permanent prosthesis is fitted 3-6 months after surgery depending on the extent of the surgery you have had. I would be happy to talk you through this.
Will I look like I did before my surgery?
Yes, I pride myself on ensuring that when you have been fitted with your permanent prosthesis, you will feel and look like you did before your surgery.
Will people be able to tell that I am wearing a breastform?
No, once you have been fitted with your permanent prosthesis, your shape will be regained and balanced. Silicone prosthesis resemble the shape and weight of a natural breast.
Am I entitled to fitting if I don’t have a medical card?
If you have had recent breast surgery or have never been fitted after breast surgery, you are entitled to a fitting even if you don’t have a medical card. The items you are entitled to will depend on your HSE region and I can discuss this with you.
Can I make an appointment if I don’t have a medical card?
Yes, if you don’t have a medical card I am happy to see private patients. You may be able to claim some of the costs through your health insurance, I am happy to provide receipts for this. You will also be able to claim some of the costs via your Med 1 Tax form at the end of the year.
If I have only had a lumpectomy am I entitled to a fitting?
Yes, if you have had recent breast surgery or have never been fitted after breast surgery, you are entitled to a fitting even after a lumpectomy. You are eligible even if you don’t have a medical card for this first fit. In some cases, lumpectomy patients require a partial prosthesis to regain their shape and I can assist with this.
How often am I entitled to a fitting?
If you have a medical card you are entitled to a bra fitting every year and a prosthesis fitting every 2 years. Depending on your HSE region you may also be entitled to swimming prosthesis and a swimsuit every 2 years but I would be happy to discuss this with you.
Do I have the freedom to be fitted by a breastcare specialist of my choosing?
Yes, you can choose who you would like to be fitted by. You simply need to present your prescription to your chosen fitter who will then apply to the HSE on your behalf.
If I have had breast reconstruction after breast cancer, am I entitled to be fitted?
Yes, if you have had recent breast reconstruction or have never been fitted after breast reconstruction, you are entitled to a fitting even if you don’t have a medical card.
Should I wear a compression bra after having breast reconstruction?
Yes, especially after having implants fitted, this will help with swelling and aid recovery. I stock a wide range of compression bras, and other compression garments.
Is high fashion lingerie available to wear with my breastform?
Yes, I have beautiful range of underwear to fit every style and taste. These are available in pocketed (to hold breastforms) and non-pocketed (for post reconstruction surgery).
Do you fit ladies who have had surgery due to the BRCA gene?
If you have had surgery due to the BRCA Gene, you are entitled to a fitting. The items you are entitled to will depend on your HSE region and I can discuss this with you.
How can I help my partner through this journey?
Breast surgery is both a physical and emotional journey for the patient. Whilst the physical scarring will take time to heal, providing emotional support to help your partner regain confidence is a very important role you can take.
My partner is very nervous about her first fitting; can I travel with her?
The first fitting for ladies can be a nervous journey, I would encourage ladies to bring a partner or friend to support them. I have a separate sitting room where the partner can sit and have a cuppa during the fitting.