Planning your wardrobe for life after a mastectomy can give you peace of mind and help you to adjust more easily as you recover. Comfortable mastectomy clothing, post-op breast forms and bras are designed to fit to the new contours of your body to help you feel supported and confident. Here are the wardrobe essentials you need after your breast cancer surgery.
Post-Mastectomy Wardrobe Essentials
Often your regular bras and clothes will no longer fit comfortably after surgery. Update your wardrobe with these post mastectomy essentials.
Your doctor may recommend that you wear a post-surgical bra immediately after surgery to prevent lymphedema which can complicate your recovery. Recovery bras use compression technology to improve blood flow and are made from extra soft materials to prevent irritating sensitive skin around the wound site.
A leisure bra can also be worn immediately after surgery, but can also become a staple part of your mastectomy wardrobe for use at home relaxing or for added support while sleeping. Look for a leisure bra with front closures for easy dressing, and soft pocketed cups to hold a breast prosthesis if you intend to wear one.
You may find that your regular bras no longer fit after a mastectomy. A good selection of mastectomy bras with pocketed cups, adjustable straps and wide bands ensure you will be comfortable and supported no matter the situation. Look for seamless t-shirt bras for everyday wear, and don’t forget to buy a couple of sexy, embellished bras for special occasions.
Getting back into your old activities can speed your recovery and boost your mood. A sports mastectomy bra offers the right level of support for remaining breast tissue and security for your breast prosthesis.
For women who have chosen not to have breast reconstruction after breast cancer surgery, a breast prosthesis offers a great alternative. Post-op breast forms come in a range of different shapes and sizes to suit your body and your lifestyle. To find the best fit, book a professional fitting with a certified fitter 2- weeks after surgery and once the swelling has subsided.
Mastectomy camisoles are the perfect addition to any wardrobe as they can be worn in any season. Layer with a cozy sweater and jacket for winter, or wear on its own in summer to keep cool. Mastectomy camisoles are made using ultra soft moisture wicking materials with many styles containing a built-in shelf bra or pocket for holding breast forms.
If you love spending time in the water you will need a set of swim forms. Unlike standard breast forms, swim forms do not become waterlogged while swimming and feature a ribbed, hollow back to allow for optimal air and water flow.
To let you look and feel your best in the water, a mastectomy swimsuit is essential for any post-mastectomy wardrobe. Look for mastectomy swimsuits that have pocketed cups for your swim forms, high necklines and small armholes for coverage for surgical scars and adjustable straps to help you achieve the perfect fit.
Recovering from breast cancer surgery takes time. A selection of comfortable loungewear and pyjamas is just what you need to rest and speed up your recovery. Look for pyjamas made from fabric that helps you to regulate your body temperature while you sleep and a built-in shelf bra for added support.
As part of their breast cancer treatment, many women undergo chemotherapy as well as having a mastectomy. An unfortunate side effect of chemotherapy is hair loss. A head wrap or Chemo beanie can help to protect the delicate skin on your scalp from UV rays and wind burn, and provides a stylish accessory to match with your mastectomy wardrobe.
Choosing a Breast Form and Mastectomy Bra
Women’s bodies come in all shapes and sizes, so it is important to find the right type of mastectomy bras and breast forms to fit your body for the most comfortable wearing experience. Choosing the right breast form can be a challenge so there are a few tips to try when shopping for mastectomy products.
Talk with the professionals
A professional breast fitting is the best way to find the perfect fitting bras and breast forms. A certified fitter can examine your wound site, take accurate measurements and make recommendations so that you can make an informed decision.
Try on as many styles as possible
Different brands may have slightly different shapes or use different materials. Trying on as many styles as you can allow you to find a shape and size that contours to your body and matches your other breast to create symmetry.
Wear tight fitting clothing
To get an accurate idea of how your bras and breast form will look under your clothes, wear a tight fitting t-shirt or tank top to your fitting. This ensures that you can see how much coverage and support the bra offers, and whether the breast forms give you a balanced silhouette.
The Wrap Up
The right post-mastectomy wardrobe can help you to feel confident and beautiful after mastectomy surgery. A professional fitting at A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe can help you find the right size, shape and style of breast form and bra so you get the perfect fit. Call us at (954)-568-8904 to book your fitting or to address any concerns or questions you have about the fitting procedure or mastectomy apparel.