Mastectomy Bras & Forms
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- You have the option to wear a bra or camisole right after a mastectomy surgery (with or without reconstruction). Not every person will find this
- You can wear a bra without an underwire right after surgery, as long as there is no pressure o drain the site.
- Use bras that you can put on without having to raise your arms such as the one you pull on over your hips or bras with a clasp in the front or back.
- Stores that make bras and other clothing to wear after breast surgery sometimes call these types of bras “post-surgical garments” or “post-surgical bra”.
- Don’t wear an underwired bra while the area is recovering from surgery because the underwires can be uncomfortable. However, underwire bras can be worn when the area has healed.
- Initially, after breast surgery, you may have some swelling. Try to find a bra that is a chest size bigger. For example, if you are a 34B, choose a 36B.
- If possible, choose bras that have high cotton content. These will be gentler on your skin while it heals and will help you stay cooler if you’re experiencing hot flushes.
- Bra strap cushions can make the straps more comfortable on your shoulder and help the bra stay in place. You can buy these from lingerie shops or online.
Immediately after your surgery, you will be most comfortable wearing a soft cotton camisole.
There are special camisoles that include a removable pocket for any surgical drains. They also have built-in bras (like those in some bathing suits) that can hold a cotton puff.
6-8 Weeks After Surgery
- You may return to exercise two weeks after surgery, but avoid chest and abdomen-specific exercises or running or jumping until 6 weeks.
- After 6 weeks, you can return to normal activity and exercise