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If you have undergone mastectomy surgery and breast cancer treatment, a comfortable and speedy recovery can help you get back to living your best life faster. To help you look and feel your best while you recover, consider adding these essential bras to your post-mastectomy wardrobe.

Post-Surgical Recovery Bras

If you have had a mastectomy, lumpectomy, or reconstructive surgery, you will experience some tenderness and swelling around your chest and under your arms. These symptoms indicate that your body’s natural healing mechanisms are working and your immune system is healthy. However, excessive, uncontrolled swelling can lead to a condition called lymphedema.

Lymphaedema can lead to infections like cellulitis. Your doctor and breast care nurse may recommend that you wear a post-surgical bra immediately after surgery for two weeks.

Post-surgery bras typically feature compression technology that can aid breast cancer patients when recovering from a mastectomy by facilitating healing. These post-mastectomy bras apply gentle pressure to key strategic areas around the wound site to encourage blood flow and draw lymph fluid away from the incision.

If you have had a breast augmentation or a reconstruction with breast implants, you may need to wear a post-surgery sports bra for up to eight weeks while your implants settle to prevent implant dislocation and capsular contracture.

Breast reconstruction bras often feature an additional compression belt that applies pressure over the top of the chest, which helps to keep the implants in place.

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The Prairie Wear HuggerPrima is a post-surgical compression bra and binder ideal for women who have undergone any type of surgery on their chest, from unilateral mastectomy or bilateral mastectomy to lymph node removal and reconstruction. The bra is crafted from antibacterial fabric to minimize infection, and the seamless weave and wire-free construction offer optimal comfort.

It features a two-level compression knit that moves lymph away from the wound site and keeps your breast tissue in place; it also enhances your breast shape. The over-the-shoulder straps allow easy access to drainage ports, allowing for easier wound care.

Leisure Bras

Leisure bras after breast surgery are the ideal transitional piece for your mastectomy wardrobe. They offer maximum comfort and flexibility for use at home while you recover and can help you to feel more secure while you sleep.

Leisure bras are constructed of soft buttery fabrics such as microfiber or modal cotton to avoid irritating sensitive skin around surgical sites.

Many styles of leisure bras also feature front closures, which allow for easy dressing and keeping your wound clean while you recover. You have the option of wearing a pocketed leisure bra that can hold a lightweight breast prosthesis or a non-pocketed bra to support the remaining breast tissue.

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The Anita Salvia Leisure Bra is the ideal type of bra for patients with breast cancer who need radiotherapy treatments to follow up their surgery. This special mastectomy bra comes with front fasteners and seamless pre-molded cups, allowing for easy access to radiotherapy machines.

Seamless Mastectomy Bras

A selection of seamless mastectomy bras should be a staple part of your mastectomy wardrobe. Seamless mastectomy bras are ideal for wearing under tight-fitting mastectomy clothing. They feature soft cups that are molded to your body, which support remaining breast tissue and hold your breast forms against the chest wall for added security.

Many breast cancer survivors who have chosen not to have breast reconstruction after surgery for breast cancer opt to wear breast forms. A seamless mastectomy bra features dual interior pockets to securely hold breast forms for women who have had a unilateral mastectomy or a bilateral mastectomy. The wide seamless bands offer maximum support and adjustable straps to create a custom fit for your body.

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The ABC Silhouette Mastectomy Bra features soft foam that flows over the curves of your chest for a snug yet comfortable fit. The contoured shoulder straps are fully adjustable, and the side and back panels are crafted with Power Mesh for optimal breathability. It is available in a range of cup sizes from 32A to 42DD, and the sophisticated silver-grey color will complement any skin tone.

Sports Bras

Having a mastectomy doesn’t mean that you need to give up your favorite activities. Doctors often recommend light exercise and stretching as part of your post-surgery treatment plan to improve mobility. Research indicates that leading an active lifestyle after cancer can improve your quality of life, reduce the incidence of disease recurrence, and increase your survival rate.

Many breast cancer survivors and thrivers find that getting back into sports and exercise after a mastectomy can help boost their mood and adjust to life after surgery. You need a quality mastectomy sports bra for the best comfort and support while exercising.

Mastectomy sports bras are made from moisture-wicking material and mesh to keep you dry and comfortable while exercising. Pocketed molded cups hold lightweight breast forms securely, while ergonomic straps and bands form to your body and offer unparalleled support.

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The Anita Extreme Control Post-Mastectomy Sports Bra is designed for active women who love high-intensity sports like jogging, aerobics, or CrossFit. The padded, ergonomically shaped shoulder straps prevent any slippage. The functionally tailored back features a mesh panel for breathability, allowing for better temperature regulation. Terry cloth pockets inside the cups assist with sweat management and are designed to hold lightweight breast prostheses.

Where Can I Find a Bra After Breast Cancer?

Department stores may carry a limited range of mastectomy products, and the staff often do not have the expertise to accurately fit you for a bra and breast prosthesis. A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe is a specialized mastectomy store where we can provide you with the right advice and measurements to find the ideal bras for your body after surgery.

We carry an extensive range of mastectomy bras, breast forms, swimwear, headwear, and other products designed for breast cancer patients. We also offer custom products, such as the ABC Custom Silicone Breast Form, which is created using 3D CAD/CAM technology to precisely match your skin tone and the contours of your chest wall.

Our mastectomy fitters are fully accredited by the American Board for Certification Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthis, Inc., meeting the organization’s stringent standards of care.

We also offer a simple way to claim your mastectomy products on your health insurance. Our staff contacts the insurance company department that reviews insurance claims and policy processing clerks to verify your benefits. Then you can use our HIPPA-compliant online portal to fill out a simple claims form for faster insurance processing. We work with several insurance companies, including Aetna, Cigna, and Humana.

Support Your Body After Breast Cancer With A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe

The right bra after breast cancer surgery can help you heal faster and get back to doing the things you love quicker for a better quality of life. To find the perfect bras to add to your post-mastectomy wardrobe, call A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe to speak with our friendly staff and schedule your professional fitting.

We can also fit you for custom breast prostheses so you can continue your breast cancer journey with grace and confidence.

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