If you or a loved one has recently undergone an invasive breast cancer surgery, it is important that you know about post-surgical bra options. A mastectomy or lumpectomy is an emotional and life-changing procedure for any woman, and shopping for post-surgical items such as bras shouldn’t be stressful. Choosing a bra that provides both comfort and support is essential to the healing process.
During recovery, the site of the surgery and your remaining natural breasts may be sore and swollen. You will require a bra that supports your full recovery. Working with a certified fitter will ensure that you purchase the correct fit and style of post-surgical bra for your needs.
Seamless post-surgical bras for maximum support and comfortable healing
A seamless cotton bra is ideal for after breast surgery, as it is less likely to irritate the skin. Cotton is and a good choice for fabric because it is soft and absorbs moisture.
Remember that whether you’ve had a mastectomy or a mastectomy with reconstructive surgery, the site needs time to heal. Check with your doctor for their recommendation on when you can begin to wear a bra or prosthesis.
A compression bra is designed to provide extra support after your operation. It may help reduce swelling and pain as well. Compression bras “compress” the remaining breast and tissue on the chest to hold it in place.
Compression bras also help improve bloodflow to the area where the surgery was performed, which may reduce the chance of infection or lymphedema. In addition, increased blood flow allows for healing to take place.
You may be required to wear a compression bra after your surgery. There are several options available to meet your individual needs. Our certified fitters can help you choose the style, fabric, and color that meets your needs while boosting your confidence.
Features of Post-Surgical Bras
While it may be tempting to go back to your regular bra post-surgery, it is important to understand the benefits of wearing a specifically designed mastectomy bra. It is possible to find a post-surgical bra that is just as comfortable and designed to support your recovery.
Post-surgical bras usually have compression technology that encourages proper blood flow to the area and reduces pain and swelling. It is easy to find them with clasps in the front, which makes putting on your bra after surgery so much easier. The materials are typically lightweight and soft. Some bras are designed with pockets in the cups to hold a prosthesis if you decide to wear them.
Myths and Facts About Post-Surgery Bras
It may be easy to assume that once you have had a mastectomy or lumpectomy, you will not feel beautiful or feminine anymore. You may think that post-surgical wear will be unattractive and unflattering. This is simply not the case.
There are so many post-surgical bras to choose from for all different types and shapes of women. There are bras available that not only provide comfort but style and sexiness as well.
Wearing no bra is recommended for some period after the surgery
If you have just had a major breast cancer surgery, it is up to you whether or not to wear a surgical bra afterward, unless otherwise directed by your physician. They may recommend that you go braless for a period to allow the best healing environment for your wound.
I can wear a swimsuit or no bra after two or three weeks after the surgery
Each woman’s recovery time is relative, and there is no set time for when it is appropriate to wear a swimsuit and get in the pool after your surgery. Your physician will provide you their post-surgery instructions for care and advise you on when you can resume certain activities.
Post-surgical bras are uncomfortable and they are not sexy
Post-surgical bras are designed with women in mind, specifically women who have just gone through a life-changing experience such as a mastectomy or other breast cancer surgery. While comfort is the number one priority, sexiness is not out of the question after your surgery.
Post-surgical bras come in all shapes, sizes, and colors for the unique preferences and needs of every woman. There are several different options available for women who not only want to regain their confidence after surgery but who want to feel comfortable while doing so.
Only a cotton bra is suitable as elastic and synthetic bras are uncomfortable and often cause allergic reactions
This may be the case for some women, however, this is not true for all. If you have sensitive skin or had an issue with other materials besides cotton prior to your surgery, you may want to stick to cotton only after your surgery.
Sometimes the bands or straps in a bra may be elastic or another synthetic material while the cups are still cotton. This can be helpful to prevent the bra from moving around or riding up
At A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe and MasectomyShop.com, we have been providing women’s mastectomy products and fitting services for over 30 years. Our staff consists of certified fitters accredited by the American Board for certification.