There’s no denying that mastectomy tattoos can be both beautiful, inspired and badass. For many women affected by breast cancer, it’s the last step in their mastectomy and breast reconstruction journey, and a symbolic ritual that empowers them to move into the next chapter of their lives. By adorning their bodies in a personal design after their breast cancer diagnosis and surgeries, they are taking back their power and starting over. These post-mastectomy tattoos serve as a form of self-expression that helps restore confidence that may have been lost throughout their mastectomy and/or reconstructive process. What’s most important, is that you do what makes you feel most confident and comfortable in your skin, and that builds your confidence and love for your body after breast surgery and mastectomy.
The road to self-love and compassion for both your physical body and inner self after a breast cancer diagnosis or dealing with chronic pain can feel impossible to reach. We know, because we’ve been there. So have so many other countless women, breast cancer patients, survivors, thrivers and previvors in the AnaOno community. We talked to a few women who are not only on the road to self-acceptance after breast cancer, but setting their sights on the ultimate: self-celebration and true self-love after mastectomy surgery.
After empowering yourself with tons of information and meeting with the best plastic surgeons and doctors for your breast surgery options after mastectomy, you and your medical team have decided that a DIEP Flap surgery is the best reconstructive breast surgery option for you. A DIEP flap surgery is pretty different from your traditional mastectomy and breast reconstructive process, and therefore can differ in healing protocol and post-surgery fashion and bra options as well. We know how overwhelming recovery can be, so we are here to give you a few tips and tricks on how to feel your best after your DIEP flap surgery while you heal. But before we get started, let’s cover the basics...
We know how overwhelming it can be when your mom calls you up and you hear the news, “I have breast cancer.” She’s scared, and you probably are too. With her upcoming double or single mastectomy and breast surgery, all you want is to make things as easy and comfortable for her while she heals from surgery.
While her breast cancer diagnosis can make you feel unsteady and unsure of what to do, just know that you are not alone. AnaOno is an incredible community full of breast cancer previvors, survivors, thrivers and care-vivors (aka caregivers) who have been through it all, and came out on the other side with wisdom and knowledge that they are more than happy to share. For this blog, we’ve tapped into their knowledge to share the must-get items for your mom for her mastectomy, starting with the most important: her post-mastectomy bra.
When it comes to finding a comfortable bra, especially post-surgery or after a mastectomy, we know it’s all about finding a super soft bra. What makes one post-mastectomy bra style soft, versus other wirefree bra styles ridiculously, outrageously, and HEAVENLY soft? While that may seem like an obvious answer, it can be difficult to know what specific materials we want or need when shopping for a bra, because often times, we don’t know what materials to look for. We all know cotton is soft, but most bras made of cotton are only moderately soft, and don’t give our bodies that skin-on-skin or barely-there feeling we all crave, and when healing from a breast surgery or recovering after radiation therapy, moderate levels of softness just isn't good enough.
You need the dreamiest, most supple, and sensual of fabrics that will make you feel like you are floating in a creamy, fluffy cloud. You need modal.
Knowing how many bras you need after your single or double mastectomy can feel just as puzzling as knowing what bras to get in the first place. There are so many stages to surgery, recovery, treatment (and beyond!) that we need bras for. While some women in the community prefer to keep it to stocking up on the basics, others like to go all out, with a fully stocked arsenal of post-surgery bras ready for any and every occasion. We are here to help you navigate the question: “how many post-mastectomy bras do I need?”
Post-mastectomy style can be tricky. If you’ve had reconstructive surgery, your new F(OO)Bs don’t act the way your old boobs used to. If you had a unilateral mastectomy and are now rocking one breast, you’re probably wondering what tops will flatter both sides of your chest. And if you’re flat after double mastectomy, you probably want to find something that will fit great, and feel even better. No matter what kind of surgery you’ve had, what your reconstructive choice is, or where you find yourself in your post-mastectomy adventure, we have fit and fashion tips that are sure to inspire once you have healed from your breast surgery.
So much uncertainty goes into breast cancer surgeries whether it be a double or single mastectomy, DIEP Flap reconstruction, lumpectomy, exchange surgery, explant, reconstruction...the list goes on and on. Every surgery is so different, and your healing needs tend to vary from one surgery to the next.
While everyone has different journeys, and different stories, finding the courage to love yourself through your breast cancer diagnosis or gene mutation can be one of the most challenging things EVER. To honor this, we will be sharing some tips on how to practice self-love BEFORE and DURING your mastectomy healing process.
We can probably all agree that the average post-mastectomy bra at a mastectomy shop is kind of, well, THE WORST. Finding the right bra for your body is already tough enough when you have “regular” boobs, but now that yours have been removed because of a mastectomy, or if you are in the process of reconstructing, things are even trickier, more complicated, and seemingly impossible.
See yourself as YOU again by following these steps if you hate your current post-mastectomy bra:
After your mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, your f(oo)bs don’t require underwire styles anymore. And while giving up underwire bras can feel like a loss at first, the world of bralettes is such a fun and cozy one to explore! In a post-mastectomy world, womankind has been blessed by the fact that wirefree bralettes are now trendy, pretty, and supportive enough to completely replace our underwire bras. Plus they’re super comfortable and more friendly to our post-surgical bodies. Luckily finding the perfect post-mastectomy bralette for your body and surgery type is now easier and more effortless than ever.
When looking for your wireless post-mastectomy bra or bralette, you’ll want to look for one that offers unparalleled support, comfort and style.