When preparing for your lumpectomy or partial mastectomy, the bra you need will be radically different than the ones you have spent your entire life getting used to. We know how daunting and frustrating it can feel bra shopping before your surgery when you are already dealing with a host of other stressful pre-surgical decisions.
If you are in the stress boat pre-lumpectomy, allow this blog to help guide the way. Read on for the key bras you will need as you heal from your lumpectomy and continue into your treatment.
The kind of breast surgery you have depends entirely on your diagnosis, your doctor’s recommendation, and what you feel is right for you. According to The Mayo Clinic, a lumpectomy is “...a surgery to remove cancer or other abnormal tissue from your breast. During a lumpectomy, a small amount of normal tissue around the lump (also described as clean or normal margins of breast tissue) also is taken to help ensure that all the cancer or other abnormal tissue is removed; unlike a mastectomy only a portion of the breast is removed.”
To be brief, lumpectomies are less-invasive surgeries and preserve more of the appearance and feeling in your breast than a mastectomy does. According to BreastCancer.Org, if you opt for a lumpectomy, you will also likely need to undergo radiation therapy in order to ensure that the cancer is gone.
By comparison, having a mastectomy will mean the permanent loss of your breast or breasts. Mastectomies are much more extensive surgical procedures than lumpectomies, require longer healing time, and have more post-surgical side effects. Some women opt for mastectomies over lumpectomies for more peace of mind. The decision to remove your entire breast is wholly up to you and your doctor.
Gather your friends, family and support system to be there for you when you need them.
If you’ve had a lumpectomy, chances are you will most likely have radiation treatment as well. And if you’re having radiation treatment, you’ll want a bra that will soothe your skin. When looking for a bra to wear after your lumpectomy and radiation treatment, steer clear of underwire bras. Painful skin burns and friction don’t exactly mix. Instead you’ll want a wirefree bra made of the softest material possible, constructed with seams that don’t irritate your most delicate areas.
Look for fabrics that will promote your recovery. Modal fabric stretches enough for you to step into your bra while also maintaining the bra’s crisp shape and design. Having a garment you can step into will make your life post-treatment so much easier, because you won’t have to strain your body when your range of motion is restricted. Modal is not only flexible, but breathable and cooling as well. It is sure to keep you comfy on those long days in bed recovering. The softness of modal will not irritate your skin post radiation—it is so soft you will forget you have anything on in the first place!
The ultra-soft Molly is the ultimate post-mastectomy style.
AnaOno’s Elevated Essentials collection was designed with the aesthetics of lumpectomy and the side effects of radiation in mind. Both The Monica and The Molly bras are pocketed for lightweight breast forms like the AnaOno F(oo)Bs™. If you are looking for shape and symmetry post-lumpectomy, forms provide you with both! With a doctor’s prescription, the bras may also be covered by insurance.
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Dana Donofree is joined by Dr. Brannon Claytor to answer your questions about the ASPS news that some surgeries are being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Claytor is the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Main Line Heath and owner of his private practice, Claytor/Noone Plastic Surgery.