After having a mastectomy or other type of breast surgery, what you need out of your swimwear may change. You may find you want more coverage, security, or support or prefer wearing brighter, more joyful colors. If you choose to wear breast forms, your swimsuit needs to accommodate them as well, so you look great and feel confident.
There are many beautiful options for mastectomy swimwear, but it can be challenging to find the right swimsuit for your body. Here is our guide to the types of swimsuits available and which features you should look for when mastectomy swimwear shopping.
Types of Mastectomy Bathing Suits
There is a vast range of mastectomy bathing suits available that cater to women of all different shapes and sizes as well as different occasions. If you love swimming laps at your local pool, a sporty one-piece with lots of support is ideal.
Prefer more coverage while you play with your kids on the beach? Then try a swim dress. Whichever style you prefer, you can rest assured that your needs will be met when buying a mastectomy bathing suit; every swimsuit is designed specifically for women who have undergone breast surgery.
One-piece Bathing Suits
One-piece swimsuits are the perfect all-rounder; they are appropriate in every situation. They offer enough coverage, so you don’t feel too exposed but are streamlined enough to allow for serious swimming.
Swimming is a low-impact form of exercise and cancer survivors who love hitting the pool can benefit from the flexibility and comfort of a one-piece such as the Amoena Rhodes. The soft cups and higher neckline make the suit incredibly comfortable and help disguise scars while you swim, and the 100% chlorine resistant fabric means it will last a long time, however often you swim.
A style like the T.H.E. Collection High Neck Print Drape Swimsuit is an appealing choice for the more fashion-conscious swimmer. Available in fun, summery prints, this flattering one-piece has an elegant drape, disguising areas of your body you may feel self-conscious about. The high neckline is a favorite among women who have had a mastectomy, but the fashionable asymmetrical cut means this suit makes a big style statement.
Separate swim tops and bottoms are very practical; they are much easier to get on and off and are great for mixing and matching. After a double or single mastectomy, many women aren’t comfortable wearing a bikini top, so a tankini can be a great solution.
Tankini tops range from sporty to chic, such as the stunning T.H.E Collection Triple Tier Tankini Swim Top. The clever tiered design of this top is not only incredibly pretty, but it also allows women with a double mastectomy to feel comfortable in a bathing suit with or without breast forms. It creates volume at the chest and flatters your midriff.
Your tankini top can be paired with bikini briefs, swim shorts, or a swim skirt. Each swim bottom option offers different levels of coverage, meaning you can enjoy your time at the beach or by the pool whether you prefer to cover up or soak up the sun.
Not only are swim dresses one of the most attractive bathing suit options around, the fact that they offer more coverage and are less form-fitting than other styles means that many women find them very comfortable to wear.
The striking T.H.E Collection Swimdress features in-built pockets meaning your breast forms or enhancers will stay secure, while the stylish flared skirt skims your thighs and eliminates the need for a sarong coverup when lounging by the pool.
Features to Look for in Mastectomy Bathing Suits
If this is your first experience shopping for a mastectomy swimsuit, you may not know what features to look for. Some of the most popular features are:
- Pocketed cups on both sides are made with a fabric that’s soft against the skin, such as tulle or mesh.
- High necklines and armholes to disguise scarring and provide additional security for breast forms.
- Slimming features such as tummy control panels, ruching, and draping.
- Durable fabric, such as polyester that is treated to be chlorine-, heat-, and UV-resistant.
- Adjustable straps so you can change or remove your breast insert without getting a new suit.
- Coverage details, such as a swim skirt.
Swim Breast Forms
To get the most out of your mastectomy swimwear, you need the right breast forms. To make you feel comfortable and confident when at the beach or in the pool. A good swim breast form will be water-resistant, quick to dry, and lightweight, as well as fitting you perfectly.
A well-designed model is the Amoena Aqua Wave Silicone Swimform. This clear silicone breast form is 30% lighter than the brand’s swim forms, comes in a handy water-resistant bag, and can be left in the pocket of your costume for maximum convenience.
Whatever type of breast prosthesis or form you are looking for, a custom fitting can make all the difference. At A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe, we offer a personal breast form fitting for women who have undergone any type of breast cancer surgery.
The combination of our fitters’ vast experience, state-of-the-art 3D scanning technology, and accreditation from the American Board for Certification Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthis, Inc. ensures superior accuracy and a supportive environment as you achieve the bust you want.
Find Your Perfect Swimsuit
Don’t let a mastectomy or other breast surgery stop you from enjoying time in the water this summer. The perfect bathing suit for you, whatever your size, shape, or specific needs, is out there.
One way to feel confident in your clothes, whether that’s a dress or a bathing suit, is to get a custom-fit breast form. At A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe, our expert fitters will guide you through the experience step-by-step. We also offer a wide range of other services, including help with health insurance processing. For more information or to book your personal fitting contact us today.