FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why a breast care bra?

After surgery we understand that you may feel tender, sensitive or self-conscious. The right Bra, fitted by our trained team, will help you feel like yourself again, restoring your femininity and confidence.

Buying a bra that fits well and makes you feel good is an important part of being a woman. A well fitted bra can make all the difference to your appearance, your posture and your clothes.

This is especially true after breast surgery. A bra that fits close to your chest wall between the cups with enough depth of material between the cups to cover the breast form will allow you the confidence to move as much as you want and dress as you did before. Sounds very technical and it is, but that doesn’t mean it needs to look technical. Post Surgery Bras are an engineering feat but thankfully finished by dress designers.

What is a Mastectomy Bra?

A Mastectomy Bra has a specially designed pocket in the cup to hold the breast form. We stock a large variety of styles of bras in all shapes and sizes. Our Breast Care Team source our Bras from a variety of the best international lingerie specialists to include seam free, front opening, cotton, bamboo, feminine, sexy, comfortable, low line, t-shirt, sports, multi- way, under-wired and non-under-wired that mimic under-wired styles in the shape and support they provide.

For ladies who prefer to use a standard bra, our team at Roches Breast Care are happy to offer a pocketing service.

How much does mastectomy wear cost?

Medical card holders and private insurance holders will receive a contribution towards the cost of bras, breast forms and swimwear. Income tax relief is also available through the Med 1 form. Our staff can advise.

Consultations are by appointment and free of charge with no obligation to purchase.

When should I consider arranging a prosthesis fitting?

Approximately 6-8 weeks after your surgery, you are ready to move from the soft shape you received following surgery to a more long term breast form that matches your natural breast perfectly.

We can fit you in our private consultation rooms in Kimmage. We are available for appointments Monday to Saturday and can schedule an appointment to suit you best. Our fully trained expert fitters will measure and assist you in choosing breast forms, bras, lingerie and swimwear from our collections. You are welcome to bring a friend or family member along for support.

Is there any support for dealing with alopecia?

Yes there are and it does help to talk and share with others in the same situation (see links page). It is possible to live a full active life with alopecia. Roches also run workshops and open days for people with alopecia. Email us at info@roches.ie if you would like to be updated on all our events.

What should I do if I find a small patch of hairloss?

Talk to your G.P. who may monitor your condition or refer you to a dermatologist. You could try our concealing powders and creams for small patches or overall thinning too.

Is there a cure for alopecia areata?

At present, there is no cure for alopecia areata, although the hair may return by itself. There are various creams on the market which attempt to stimulate the follicle to produce hair again and some dermatologists suggest cortisone injections.

Even though we have a resident trichologist and understand alopecia in its various forms, we advise you to see your G.P. or Dermatologist. We do not sell lotions or creams.

How does alopecia areata start?

Alopecia usually starts with a bald patch, which often disappears within six months to two years. Sometimes two patches can merge together and wider areas will be affected. In some cases total baldness may occur.

There is no way at present to predict the course of alopecia in individual clients. Research suggests that 65% of people will experience one or two patches of hair loss while 35% will experience more persistent hair loss. Approximately 7% will experience total hair loss.

Who is affected?

Research suggests that at any one time, one in a thousand people may be affected, but over a lifetime the risk of experiencing alopecia areata can be as high as one or two per hundred.

Is alopecia due to nerves?

No, it is not a nervous disorder. You have not caused alopecia. It is an illness and nothing to feel ashamed of.

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