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 http://www.lindasonline.com 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.