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Three Styles of Specialty Bras for Mastectomy Patients
If you’re dealing with breast cancer, you’ve already assembled quite a team: your primary care doc, your oncologist, your surgeon, the chemotherapy techs, and certainly your family and friends all have big jobs where your medical treatment and emotional support are concerned. If you have had or must have a mastectomy, you will want to add a compassionate and knowledgeable undergarment professional to your team, as the right bra will be key to your comfort during and after your postsurgical recovery. Today’s intimate apparel industry understands the needs of mastectomy patients, and mastectomy bras are designed to help you slip back into your lifestyle, be it active or elegant, with comfort and confidence. Some bras are more specialized to help patients with specific needs along their road to recovery. These are three of them.
Compression Bras are designed to aid your recovery after surgery by reducing the effects of edema and hematoma. Like all good post-surgery bras, they’re designed for easy on and off, with Velcro shoulder straps and a front closure. As you’re likely to be tender for a number of weeks, most compression bras offer seamless body contact. While they are especially useful for stabilizing and maintaining breast shape after reconstruction, compression bras also have bilateral pockets for silicone or foam breast forms if reconstruction isn’t part of your plan.
Stiff, sore arms are natural after a mastectomy. The Sarah Bra to the rescue! Crafted with range-of-motion restrictions in mind, the Sarah bra has a pullover design, with a loose-fitting bottom band that easily pulls over the breast. There are no complex fasteners, but draw strings in the front can be adjusted for optimal support once the bra is on. These draw strings have front release loops, too, ensuring that the bra slides off without pulling or wrestling—it can even be removed using just one hand. The Sarah bra is made of a fabric that transfers moisture away from your body, which helps regulate temperature and decreasethe occurrence of skin rashes, and there are pockets for breast forms.
Some women find bras with a built-in form lighter, cooler, and easier to wear. A lightweight polyurethane breast form is sewn permanently into these bras, with little microbeads that help restore body balance. Foam is cooler against the body than silicone, and a built-in form is ideal for patients who may have arthritis or otherwise have difficulty fitting a separate form into the pockets of traditional mastectomy bras.
Many department stores and local boutiques have trained fitters who can answer your questions, get to know your particular needs, and help you into the exactly-right bra. Visit this website to learn more about mastectomy bras in Campbell.
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