What kind of bra do you wear after a double mastectomy?
Your breast surgeon may recommend a compression bra or vest to wear after surgery. 5 Compression garments help prevent swelling and fluid buildup as you heal. Although a pressure bra may seem uncomfortable, the added support makes mobility easier.
What’s the difference between a mastectomy bra and a regular bra?
Pockets. The main difference between your old bra and a mastectomy bra is a hidden pocket which is integrated into one or both of the cups. These cups are designed to hold a prosthesis or breast form in a way that matches your natural breast. In the past, post-surgery women had to sew a pocket into a standard bra.
How long do you wear a compression bra after mastectomy?
Whether you wear a surgical bra after your procedure will likely depend on your surgeon’s preference and the type of surgery you had performed. Some patients will benefit from wearing a compression bra around the clock for the first four to six weeks, but many will be advised not to, Dr. Liu says.
Do mastectomy bras stay in place?
What is a post-mastectomy bra? Post-mastectomy (or simply mastectomy) bras resemble regular bras but with one important difference – they have spandex stretch pockets on the inside which help hold and keep the breast prosthesis in place.
How tight should my post-surgery bra be?
The ideal fit for a post-surgery bra should be snug but not tight. The best indicator that your bra fits correctly is that it’s comfortable, and although you might feel some pressure, this isn’t excessive or painful. Signs that your bra is too tight include: the straps or edges leaving marks on your skin.
Can I wear my regular bra after mastectomy?
You have the option to wear a bra or camisole right after mastectomy surgery (with or without reconstruction). Not every person will find this comfortable. You can wear a bra without underwire right after surgery, as long as there is no pressure to drain the site.
What does a post mastectomy bra look like?
What is a post-mastectomy bra? Post-mastectomy (or simply mastectomy) bras resemble regular bras but with one important difference – they have spandex stretch pockets on the inside which help hold and keep the breast prosthesis in place. Mastectomy bras can be purchased at specialty shops or mastectomy boutiques.
How do you keep your bra from riding up after a mastectomy?
Buy a bolt of stretchy swimsuit fabric or Lycra.
- This method is especially useful if you’ve had a mastectomy and want to keep your bra from riding up in front.
- Swimsuit fabric is usually sold in bolts that are 60 inches (152 cm) wide.
Can I take my post op bra off for a few hours?
Can I take my surgical bra off for a few hours? After a few days, you might be able to remove your surgical bra for short periods of time. However, most experts recommend wearing it all day to promote healing.
How long do you wear a compression bra after a mastectomy?
How do you sleep after a mastectomy?
Most plastic surgeons recommend sleeping exclusively on your back until you are completely healed. Sleeping on your back reduces painful stretching or pulling of the breast tissue. We also suggest elevating your upper body when sleeping on your back.
How long after mastectomy can you lift your arms?
Avoid repeated motions with your affected arm, such as weed pulling, window cleaning, or vacuuming, for 6 months. Avoid lifting anything over 4.5 to 7 kilograms for 4 to 6 weeks.
Can you wear deodorant after mastectomy?
Do not shave or use deodorant for 1 week after your drains have been removed. You can shave and use deodorant after 1 week if your incisions have no open areas. For pain, take prescribed pain medication, Tylenol®, or ibuprofen every 4 to 6 hours as needed.