Many women dread summer swimwear shopping, and the challenge can feel even greater for women after breast surgery. But specially designed mastectomy swimwear can give you the confidence you need to get back out in the water.
Here are our tips for choosing post-mastectomy swimwear along with some recommendations for the most stylish swimwear options available.
Features to look for in post-mastectomy swimwear
Shopping for mastectomy swimsuits can be challenging for many breast cancer patients and changes in their body can cause asymmetry and discomfort. To ensure you feel comfortable both in and out of the water, mastectomy bathing suits offer a variety of features that support your body post-surgery.
Many mastectomy swimsuit styles feature soft cups with built-in pockets to hold breast forms securely and provide space between the silicone shell and your skin to minimize irritation and allow for quick drying.
Look for pocketed swimwear with mesh or microfiber bilateral pockets for optimal breathability and comfort.
For women concerned about coverage for scarring around the underarms and chest area, a high neckline, and armholes that are narrower than standard swimwear discreetly disguise surgical scars and the outline of breast forms to give you confidence in the water.
These features also provide added support and security for swim forms to prevent them from shifting whether you are swimming laps, enjoying water aerobics, or splashing in the waves.
Easy-to-adjust straps help you to find the perfect fit for your body. You can find a range of different strap styles from simple over-the-shoulder to racerback designs that are fully adjustable so you can achieve the right level of comfort.
When you find the right swimsuit, you want it to last. Look for mastectomy swimsuits made from durable materials such as Lycra or spandex that are UV-resistant, and can withstand both chlorine and saltwater. This offers you the flexibility to enjoy swimming at the beach, pool, or hot tub without worrying about deteriorating the materials and reducing the performance of your swimsuit.
Look for on-trend details when choosing post-mastectomy swimwear. Expressing your personal style through features such as ruffles, vibrant patterns, and interesting strap details can prevent you from feeling self-conscious in the water.
Top picks for post-mastectomy swimwear for 2020
All women’s bodies are different, so mastectomy swimwear comes in a huge range of styles to suit your comfort and support needs and express your style. Here are our recommendations for gorgeous and comfortable post-mastectomy swimsuits this summer.
T.H.E has a reputation for producing some of the chicest mastectomy swimsuits on the market and their latest collection of one-piece suits perfectly combines style with comfort.
A neckline that ends just below the collar bone and a high scooped back offer superior coverage for radical surgical scars, while a slimming tummy panel is discreetly hidden behind the asymmetrical patterned front lining to create a smooth silhouette.
For women who have had reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy and want to show off their new curves, the Amoena Cocos swim top is a wire-free bikini that offers support and a figure-flattering design.
Soft ruching at the center and a zippered front give the top a sleek, athletic style while wide straps offer optimal comfort and even weight distribution and lightly padded cups create a balanced look.
Pair with a pair of black high or medium-waisted bikini briefs or a tailored pair of swim shorts for a graceful sporty style.
Penbrooke swimwear blends a stunning feminine style with functional features for gorgeous suits that are perfect whether you enjoy swimming in the sea or soaking up the sun poolside.
This tankini top features a scoop neck and an on-trend single ruffle at the bust which hides build-it pockets for your swim forms. The nylon/spandex blend material features an elegant black and white pattern to enhance your curves and disguise problem areas. There is also a slimming panel to flatten your midsection and give you confidence when swimming after breast surgery.
Don’t let your mastectomy surgery prevent you from enjoying the water this summer. Shop for post-mastectomy swimwear that offers supportive features for confidence and comfort.
A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe can help you find the perfect swimsuit for your post-surgery body. Call us at (954) 978-8287 to schedule your professional fitting with a BOC certified fitter. Learn more about the swimwear and fashion options available to mastectomy patients on our blog series.