Bras After Breast Reconstruction
By: Courtney Floyd
Will you need a new bra after breast reconstruction surgery?
Whether you are having immediate or delayed breast reconstruction, you will most likely need new bras after your surgery.
Immediately after breast reconstruction surgery, you will usually be placed in a surgical bra. The surgical bra is similar to a sports bra, but it clasps in the front, so it can be easily taken on and off. You will need to wear this bra for approximately two to three weeks, or as recommended by your surgeon. Although it is not super fashionable, it does have many necessary benefits while healing after surgery by providing support and needed compression to help shape the breast. It is important to remember that everyone is different. Be sure to consult with your surgeon or nurse before transitioning away from the surgical bra.
Bra Fitting after Surgery
Once cleared to wear normal bras, you will need to be professionally measured for your new bra size. After you have your new size, remember to try before you buy! All bras fit differently, even if the size is the same, as varying styles and brands are designed to sit differently on your body. When trying on bras remember to look for the following:
- Cups—cups should be fitted to the breast without any gapping or bulging. If your breasts are slightly different in size (remember most women’s are) be sure to fit the bra to the largest breast.
- Shoulder Straps—straps should fit close to your body, but not so close that they cut in to your shoulders.
- Band—the band should fit nice and snug around your body, but not too tight. It also needs to sit at the same level in the front and back.
Once you have found the bra that works for you, why not buy a few! Make it fun and grab some in exciting colors and patterns!
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