Finding the perfect bathing suit that you feel comfortable wearing can be even more of a challenge following breast cancer surgery. You may understandably feel self-conscious and hesitate to try one on. You may also think you need to give up going in the pool or enjoying the beach. Instead, be kind to yourself and consider the many benefits post mastectomy bathing suits offer.
Whether you’ve undergone breast reconstruction surgery or choose to wear breast prostheses, post-mastectomy bathing suits are designed to meet your needs. And if you need help in determining what works best, certified fitters are available to work with you one-on-one to ensure you look and feel your best.
Below we share the top post mastectomy bathing suit buying tips to help you know what to look for so you can get back in the water or stroll down the beach with confidence.
Look for Adjustable Straps
Look for adjustable straps on mastectomy swimsuits so you can create a more comfortable, secure fit. Easy-to-adjust straps help to balance your breasts or breast forms to keep them symmetrical. When adjusted correctly, your arm movements are less restricted while in the water, which is especially important if you swim for exercise.
Choose Your Level of Coverage
Depending on your particular body shape, coverage may be an important factor when buying a post-mastectomy bathing suit. Higher necklines provide more coverage for scarring, as will higher arm openings. For coverage around your backside, look for swim dresses, sarong-style suits, or opt for a tankini paired with swim shorts or a swim skirt.
Opt for Pocketed Swimwear
Many breast cancer survivors who don’t have breast reconstruction surgery choose to wear a prosthesis, also known as a breast form while swimming. There are numerous options for pocketed swimwear to keep your breast forms safe and secure.
Bilateral interior pockets in the bathing suit cups give you more confidence so you can worry less about whether they will stay in place and instead enjoy your surroundings. They also make it easy to remove or replace your swim forms.
Carefully Consider Swimsuit Fabrics
Following your breast surgery and healing your skin may be sensitive and vulnerable to irritation. Look for bathing suits with seamless fabrics and soft cups to help with this. Also, look for fabrics that hold up well to UV rays and chlorine so the suit will last you more than a single season.
Select Your Favorite Bathing Suit Style
With numerous styles to choose from, you’re bound to find a swimsuit you adore and fits you perfectly. Two popular styles include the one-piece and the tankini.
The tankini provides more freedom of movement than a one-piece and more coverage than a bikini. You also can mix and match colors and designs to suit your style. Certain styles can also create the illusion of volume at your chest if you choose not to wear breast forms.
However, if you prefer fuller body coverage and support, then one-piece swimsuits are a great option. Many one-piece suits feature tummy control panels and other slimming features such as ruching. One-piece suits are also preferable if you swim laps or participate in watersports or aerobics.
Visit A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe
With so many wonderful options available in post-mastectomy swimwear, you can return to the water with ease and comfort whenever you’re ready. See what awaits you by visiting A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe and exploring the available styles and colors.
We also offer certified fitters’ services to help you find the perfect fit for your new body. Instead of going it alone, call us today at (954) 978-8287 and schedule an appointment with one of our compassionate and knowledgeable staff members.