Swimming is a low-impact exercise that’s great for your cardiovascular health. Many breast cancer survivors like to head to the pool for a workout, but it’s hard to enjoy a swim if you’re feeling self-conscious.
Luckily, there are a variety of mastectomy swimsuits that can help you look and feel your best when you jump in the water. While there’s no one swimwear style that’s best for everyone’s post-surgery body, we’ve compiled some tips to help you find the bathing suit right for you.
1.Find the right cut
When searching for swimwear, you’ll want to find a flattering cut that enhances your shape and also disguises surgical scars. Mastectomy swimsuits with high necklines and armholes are the perfect way to hide scars and breast forms while looking and feeling attractive.
We love the Amoena Ayon Half Bodice Mastectomy Swimsuit’s clever take on a high neckline; the contrasting pattern and color-blocking in this half bodice style keep a modest cut feeling fresh and young.
2.Look for prosthesis pockets
If you wear a prosthesis after your breast surgery, pocketed swimwear is a great option to keep your breast forms secure. Built-in pockets hold breast forms to give you the peace of mind to swim laps or splash around without worrying about them slipping out of your suit or shifting position.
Shop for mastectomy swimsuits that feature pockets made from microfiber or mesh that is quick-drying and feels soft on your skin.
For maximum comfort, it’s recommended that you use a special swim form. Look for a lightweight and fast-drying prosthesis that won’t suction your chest or irritate your skin when wet.
As with all breast prostheses, finding the perfect fit is beneficial for your comfort and appearance. A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe offers fittings by professional-certified licensed fitters so you can find a form that works with your body.
3.Shop for molded cups
Swim tops that come with a little extra padding are great for smoothing out your figure and can help mask asymmetries. Molded cups are also desirable for extra support because their stiffer texture prevents excess breast form movement.
4.Choose adjustable straps
Swimsuits with easy to adjust straps provide more security and can be shortened or lengthened to help you feel comfortable.
By simply shortening the straps, you can make a suit higher cut, and lowering the straps can accommodate broader shoulders or a larger bust. You can also balance your figure by adjusting the straps independently of each other.
For a stylish take on adjustable straps, opt for a halter top style that you can tie yourself. This gives you the freedom to adjust the fit of a swim top with an added style element.
5.Opt for fun patterns and prints
A conservative bathing suit doesn’t have to be boring. Bold patterns, colors, and prints can elevate the style of the swimsuit while directing attention away from your chest. A pop of color also has a way of brightening your mood and is the perfect companion to a summer day at the beach or pool.
6.Embrace architectural elements
A ruffle or fringe around the neckline of a suit is a perfect way to add some interest to an otherwise simple suit. Structural elements in the chest area of a swim top are especially flattering for women who choose not to wear breast forms by adding dimension to your silhouette.
7.Mix and match
Opting for bikinis and tankinis provides an opportunity to let your creativity shine. Create a bold color-blocked look by pairing a complementary colored top and bottom, or stick to a single color scheme for a sleek sporty style.
Many women have disproportionate hips and bust and choosing swimwear separates allows you to find the perfect fit for your top and bottom.
The best part about mixing and matching bikini and tankini tops and bottoms is that you can create new styles out of a few swim sets.
Don’t miss out on the fun of swimming because of ill-fitting and unflattering bathing suits. These tips can help you find the right suit to give you the comfort and confidence to enjoy swimming and look great in and out of the water.
For fitting advice or additional assistance, call A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe at (954) 978-8287 and speak with our board-certified fitter. You can also browse our collection of high-quality mastectomy swimwear at mastectomyshop.com.