For women with breast cancer who have undergone mastectomy surgery, a comfortable and speedy recovery can get back to living your best life faster. To help you look and feel your best while you recover, here is our guide to essential bras to add to your post-mastectomy wardrobe.
Post-Surgical Recovery Bras
Following your mastectomy or lumpectomy you will experience some tenderness and swelling. These symptoms indicate that your body’s natural healing mechanisms are working and your immune system is healthy. However, excessive swelling can lead to a condition called lymphedema. Lymphaedema can lead to infection and other adverse health effects.
Most medical professionals recommend that you wear a post-surgical bra immediately after surgery for up to two weeks. Post-surgery bras with compression technology 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.
Compression recovery bras are also necessary after breast reconstruction surgery. 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 and prevent dislocation.
Leisure bras 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 super soft fabric such as microfiber to avoid irritating sensitive skin around surgical sites.
Many styles of leisure bras also feature front closures which allow for easy dressing as well as keeping your wound clean while you recover. You have the option of wearing a pocketed leisure bra which can hold lightweight breast forms, or a non-pocketed bra to support remaining breast tissue.
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, and feature soft cups that are molded to your body which offer support for remaining breast tissue and breast forms.
Many breast cancer survivors who have chosen not to have a breast reconstruction opt to wear breast forms. A seamless mastectomy bra features bilateral interior pockets to securely hold breast forms, wide seamless bands for maximum support and adjustable straps to create a custom fit for your body.
Having a mastectomy doesn’t mean that you need to give up your favorite activities. 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. For the best comfort and support while exercising, you need a quality mastectomy sports bra.
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.
The Wrap Up
Wearing the right bra after breast cancer surgery can help you heal faster and get back to doing the things you love quicker. To find the perfect selection of bras to add to your post mastectomy wardrobe, call A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe at (954)-543-1262 to speak with our friendly staff and to schedule your professional fitting with a certified fitter.