(Closed) Is a high sweetheart neckline possible on wedding dress after a mastectomy?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
3187 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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heather915_2000 :  i’m not sure what you’re asking – it’s of course physically possible to wear a dress of any neckline, regardless of boob size (or lack thereof). are you asking if the neckline will cover scars..?

Post # 3
1088 posts
Bumble bee

Yes, I think she’s asking about scars.  Do you have/will you have a port in your chest from chemo?  If so I think that will show.  I’m not sure about the surgery scars though … sorry.

Post # 4
2722 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

My husband’s aunt who had a double mastectomy had a sweetheart neckline on her dress.  Obviously not a wedding dress, but her dress had sleeves with a higher dip in the front.  Not that I was staring, but there were no noticable scars except where her port was, but she also wore a really pretty scarf that covered it most of the time. (She took the scarf off later in the evening when she was dancing).

Post # 5
1736 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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heather915_2000 :  Its all in what you feel comfortable in. My mom had a double mastectomy and full reconstruction, and her scars were pretty far down. She never wore anything with a sweetheart, but she did wear tanks with a scoop neck frequently.

Wishing you well on your recovery.

Post # 9
197 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

What about an illusion neckline? Pretty sweetheart with some sheer mesh! This is a really popular look right now with lots of silhouettes and fabrics. You can add more lace appliqués if you want more coverage. 


I dont think you will need to go custom! Make an appointment at a great bridal shop within your price point and ask for their most experienced consultant. You will get to try on a variety of styles to see what you like and what you’re comfortable in. a lot of brides actually save money by purchasing a dress rather than having one made! You also will avoid potential disappointment of not liking the way your dress came out… I work at s bridal shop and see this happen at least once per week…


best st wishes and congratulations!!!!


Post # 11
1258 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2022 - Maui

My mom had the mastectomy from hell, with absolutele atrocious scars and inverted craters, done around the time of my first wedding and we ended up at VS and got her the strapless Bombshell Bra, which basically gives you 2 cups on to whatever you do or do not have so she could wear a spaghetti strap dress. You couldnʻt  tell it was all bra but it gave her a little something so she didnʻt feel so awkward. But I honestly left it up to her. If she felt fine going flat then I would have 10000% supported that as well. With low scarring I think you could really pull off anything but if you want a little something more there than Iʻd go try on a few padded bras and see if any of them peak your interest, then take the bra(s) you like to the seamstress and get her opinion on making sure the dress works with it. I say figure out what YOU want to look like and work closely with the seamstress 🙂 I bet my bottom dollar youʻre gong to be beautiful 

Post # 12
313 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

One of my bridesmaids had similar concerns… her dress had a sweet heart base and a lace topper, like an illusion overlay. It looked beautiful and she felt comfortable! Your seamstress or even your doctor would be good resources for info about “filling” in the space. There are a lot of options for protheses. Also, I don’t know where you are living, but finding a cancer support group could be invaluable. Ask your health provider if there are any in your area.  Thinking good thoughts for you bee!

Post # 13
239 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I agree with SydneyRose on the lace overlay. My dress was a strapless sweetheart neckline but came with a lace bolero. It could be taken off if wanted, but looked like it was part of the dress when on. I loved that I could choose which look I was most comfortable with, or have 2 different looks altogether. Best of luck and positive thoughts to you bee! 

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Post # 14
6642 posts
Bee Keeper

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heather915_2000 :  My grandma had silicone shapes to fill in her bra on the side she had breast removed. I bet they could sew something like that in the cups that they can sew in! Maybe I’d they make it come up a little higher?  She wore them in her swimsuit too and you couldn’t tell. 

Congrats on the recovery and the wedding ! 🙂 

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