Just wanted to mention The Bra and Girdle Factory (store) in Lakewood/Brick NJ (near Home Depot shopping Center, Route 70) makes appointments to fit you for bras after reconstruction. You purchase the bra and they alter it for you. http://thebrafactory.com/Scripts/default.asp
I haven't purchased anything yet. I stopped by today and they have a few nicer than sports bra types there. I will book an appointment after my exchange.
Hi! I posted this info on another page and thought it might be helpful here, too. I've spent a great deal of time in fitting rooms trying to find comfortable bras. With my latissimus flap surgery, I needed a higher rise under the arm and a little longer length to sit comfortably across the horizontal incision scars on my back for lymphedema compression. I never wore what I would call fashion bras - don't like push up bras, don't like underwires, don't want/need a lot of padding/fill - post surgery I just really wanted all day comfort. I have found a few answers, 1)the Genie bra is ok for me under layers, but too thin for coverage under a single layer - doesn't have pockets for inserts to provide more coverage or shaping, 2)the "camishaper" sold by the Genie company - camisole style, purchased online, www.camishaper.com, this can be found at some Walmart stores, too - works very well for compression for lymphedema and is so comfortable, has pockets for removable inserts and yet provides more substantial coverage that I can wear it without inserts and 3)From Walmart - "Simply Basic" bra - similar to the Genie Bra, only $5.98 each at our local store - seamless stretch, no hooks, (no racerback, crossing straps or keyhole) comfort bra, many colors, little longer with a wider band below the breasts, has pockets for removable inserts, wide shoulder straps and at $5.98 you can buy every color!
Right now sports bra for me. I bought a couple in jcpenney and one in Walmart. (Except I don't care for racer backs.) I find it's easier to climb into the sports bra-it doesn't have clasps. This store had a few non padded, no underwire bras for after exchange. Also had sports bras, but I didn't really look at them because I don't need them. If you(or anyone)plan on going, let me know & maybe we could meet there. ;)