Bra-blems (Problems with bras) Part 4 Breast Lumpectomy

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Bra-blems (Problems with bras) Part 4 Breast Lumpectomy

After a lumpectomy or partial mastectomy, your bras may be fundamentally different than before your surgery.

While buying a post-surgery bra may seem like a daunting prospect, it is still possible to look beautiful and feel comfortable in your bra and the way you dress.
The size and type of your lumpectomy will help determine the type of bras or prosthesis you will need.

Because breast surgeries will vary from patient to patient, it is important to follow your doctor or surgeons’ advice regarding appropriate bras, especially immediately after surgery.

What types of bras can I wear after I heal?
Depending where you had surgery, you may have sensitive areas on your breasts.

Because every woman will have a different comfort or pain level, it is important to pay attention to the type of bra that feels more comfortable for you.
If the sides or bottom of your breasts are sensitive, you may prefer to continue wearing a soft cup bra, (a bra without an underwire or a sports bra) as they will comfortably fit both sides without any padding or filling.

How can I make my breasts look more even?
Feeling comfortable emotionally in your new bra is just as important as being physically comfortable.

If you’re concerned by the difference in size between your breasts, there are plenty of ways to create a more balanced silhouette.
The most natural looking solution is a partial breast form or partial prosthesis .as they are designed to be worn after breast surgery and utilize the same technology as breast forms for full mastectomies.

Unlike full breast forms, a partial prosthesis is designed to smooth and fill in the breast tissue rather than replace the whole breast and can be worn with any Mastectomy Bra to keep the form securely in place.

If you want to wear your breast form in a non-mastectomy bra, look for styles that have full-coverage cups.
If you just want to fill out one side when you’re wearing more revealing clothing, a bra with removable push-up pads (or chicken fillets) can be used to subtly add volume to the smaller breast

Simply remove the pads from the cup of the larger breast.

How do I find my bra size after a lumpectomy?
Being fitted for the correct bra size is crucial for breast health and maintenance.

You should always wear a size bra to suit the larger breast
If you are unsure of your size, here are some tips from for finding your bra size when one breast is larger than the other.

This technique is easier if you have a friend or partner help to ensure that the measuring tape is straight and tight
1) Measure your bust directly under your breasts, making a straight line across your back.

The measuring tape should be tight, but not cutting into you.

This is your Band Size Measurement.
2) Measure the largest breast.

To do this, start with the tape measure on your bust wall between the breasts.

Go over the fullest part of your breast and halfway around your back, stopping at your spine.
3) Multiply this measurement by two.

This is your Cup Size Measurement.
4) Enter these measurements into the Bra Calculator Tool to see your bra size.

Please note that bra sizing is not a perfect science, so it may take a little trial and error to find the perfect size.

If you need more help with bra or prosthesis sizing, I suggest that you get professionally fitted or personal advice.

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Bra-blems (Problems with bras) Part 3 Breast Reconstruction

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Bra-blems (Problems with bras) Part 3 Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction to rebuild the breast after a lumpectomy or mastectomy procedure can create unique bra issues. With the proper care, you can heal more comfortably and look and feel great after surgery.

Immediately after your surgery, your doctor or surgeon should recommend the best type of bra to wear.

A common recommendation is a surgical compression bra, which holds the breast in place while its healing and can help with drainage and is designed to apply even pressure on the breasts to promote the healing process, and may be prescribed if you are susceptible to lymphedema.
If you don’t need a medical grade compression bra, your doctor may recommend wearing a soft-cup bra, such as a low or medium-impact sports bra. A front closure bra may be easier to put on and off than a bra with a traditional back hook and clasp.
A cheaper option may be to wear a soft cup bra, a bra without an underwire, or sports bra.

ALWAYS follow your surgeon’s advice and bra recommendations during the healing process.
If you are not having breast reconstruction surgery immediately, or are having more than a single breast reconstruction surgery, think about an adjustable breast form, that can be tailored to the size that you need.

With the filling taken out, the shell (the bra cup) can be used to smooth the breast without adding size.

By reducing the size of the breast form over time, you will only have to purchase one prosthesis over the duration of your surgeries.

Fitting Help

After a breast reconstruction, you will need to be fitted, or measure yourself to find your bra new and correct size.

Because bra sizing can be a little more difficult after breast surgery,  you may want to visit a professional bra fitter to be fitted correctly.

Bras for Women after a Breast reconstruction

The main fitting difference between breasts before and after reconstruction surgery is that some reconstructed breasts do not have nipples.

Bra cups are designed with extra space to fit the nipple, so the bra cup can gape or dent at the centre of the reconstructed breast.
To help prevent this problem, I suggest a bra that has a heavy lining or a moulded bra as it will also help make uneven breasts look more symmetrical.
Most women who have reconstruction surgery wear bras without an underwire. In addition to being comfortable, bras without an underwire are more forgiving when one breast is larger than the other.

There are a wide variety of supportive soft cup bras on the market.


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Bra-blems (Problems with bras) Part 2 – Uneven Breasts


Several years ago, one of my friends went through a double mastectomy and a full breast reconstruction and I remember the trouble she had with self confidence, bras, and clothing, and last week another of my friends has undergone a double mastectomy so I thought I would do some research to assist with her and other ladies about bras after surgery and hope that all ladies that go through this horrible life changing time can gain some info and support from my articles.

This one is for you Judie

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Don’t be embarrassed if you don’t have perfectly even boobs.

Unbelievably, most women have one boob that is smaller than the other.

Some women have an obvious difference from one boob to another up to a full cup size or even more of a difference.

There are lots of different ways to have a bra fit comfortably on both sides of your bust or to disguise the difference in size.

One of the most convenient solutions for women whose boobs are less than one cup size different on each side, is to use the shoulder straps to adjust the fit on each side.

Try a Little Illusion dressing

If you want to make your bust look a little more even, don’t try to squeeze the larger boob into a bra cup that is too small.

There are lots of ways to fill the smaller cup to create a more symmetrical silhouette. The easiest solution is to wear a moulded cup bra that is fitted to the larger size breast, because this type of bra keeps its shape, and will hide a small difference in cup size.

If your cup size difference is more noticeable, you can use a single breast enhancer in the cup to lift the smaller breast.
A great all-in-one solution for women with a smaller cup size is to buy a padded bra with removable cookies, push-up pads, sometimes called chicken fillets. Simply remove the padding from the larger side. Many modern padded bras come with this option.

Post-Surgical Solutions

Many women have uneven boobs after breast surgery.

For women who have had lumpectomies, mastectomies, or simply have a very large difference between their cup size, it is recommended specialty breast forms.

Mastectomy have other advantages for post-surgical women, including fabric designed to be comfortable against sensitive skin and full-coverage styles that support without binding.

Need a Personal Solution?

Every woman’s body is different, so sometimes you just need a little personal help to find the perfect bra or advice based on your size and shape.

Bra-blems (Problems with bras) Part 1 – How to put on a bra

How do you put on a bra, What?!

Don’t be crazy, we all know how to put on a bra, or do we?

Here are some tips to help you get to bra bliss.

When you get a new bra, wear it on the loosest hook so when the back band stretches you can make it tighter.

Don’t forget to adjust your shoulder straps, tighten them occasionally to make sure the are firm and supportive.

Try the scoop & swoop, get your boobs in the right place by gathering each one into the cups as you pull back the wire.

How to put on a bra

For some women, trying to hook the back strap of their bra is a daily frustration. If you are unable to hook your bra in the back, there are lots of other options available.

Some Easy Close Bra Styles

A front closure bra has a clasp or hook and eye between the cups instead of at the back of the bra. This type of bra is easier to put on and take off for many women. Another easy close option for women with smaller boobs is to wear a bralette.


A bralette is a stretch bra with no hooks or closures and is also known as a soft bra because it usually doesn’t have wire or a foam cup and easily pulls over the head.

These extra soft styles are fantastic for women who are uncomfortable in traditional bras or for ladies with a smaller bust who don’t want to add to their size, this comfy alternative is great for lounging on the weekend or anytime that you want minimal coverage and support. Bralettes also make great gifts because they are typically sized small through large instead of by bra size. A bralette is also a great choice when you are pregnant or breast feeding.

However, one problem with front close bras and bralettes is that the back band size can’t be adjusted. If you wear front closure bras, ensure you wear the right back band size so that the bra is supportive. All bra back bands will stretch over time, so you may want to buy your bra a little tighter so that they will last longer.

Another trick for difficulty clasping a bra, is to put your bra on backwards (by hooking your regular bra in the front) and then turn it around to the correct position.

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