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Picking The Best Post-Mastectomy Swimwear

Surgery to remove breast tissue tends to change the way a woman looks. Many women become self-conscious about how they look after the surgery. With this self-consciousness, post-mastectomy patients may be a little wary of the summer and its activities, mainly because it is swim suit season. You do not have to worry about looking awkward with mastectomy swimwear. This specially designed swimming apparel is available for post-operative women, including those who have had partial or full tissue removal.

Finding a store that sells clothing for post-mastectomy women is the first step. For people who are unfamiliar with shopping for this kind of new clothing, it helps to talk to other people. Doctors can be a good referral source. Other women who have been through the same experience can also be a good source. Look for stores that have staff that know what they are talking about and what your specific needs are. You want the salesperson to be friendly, helpful, compassionate, and especially honest. They should give you an honest, professional opinion about the bathing suit and how it works with your prosthetic breast form.

The type of breast removal plays a large role in the type of swim suit you will need. Complete tissue removal often causes larger scarring that stretches around the sides and below the armpit. In these instances, a one piece or two piece suit will need arm sections that extend higher toward the armpit. For women who have only required partial removal, a high neckline or straight cut may be best.

Additionally, the top section should have pockets on the inside of the cup area. These pockets are designed for women who wear breast forms or pads. The pockets hold the prosthesis pieces securely. Regardless of the type of form used, it should fit into the pocket without the risk of coming out while swimming.

While shopping for suits, there are many different options available with styles. You can find the same styles in post-mastectomy suits that are in regular ones. Style does not have to be substituted just because you need a special suit. One piece, tank style, boy short, and bikini suits can be found. You can even choose to mix and match bottoms to fit your tastes.

The same body shape rules can be used for these special swim suits. Women who need tummy control or slimming styles can find one that is flattering. Women with bigger hips or butts can choose skirted styles. There are many different patterns and colors to choose from.

Be sure to try on each bathing suit that you like before you make the purchase. Whenever possible, the prosthetics should also be used to ensure that the forms fit into the pockets and the bathing suit fits with the addition. In many cases, a waterproof prosthetic may weigh different than a daily form and will change the way the suit fits.

Undergoing breast surgery is difficult enough. Women do not have to worry about what they will look like in a swim suit. Mastectomy swimwear helps women continue on with their lives. Family time and summer activities do not have to be avoided because of surgery.


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