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.
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.