Here's what Ellen Hall Saunders of Business Insider says:
"I wish I had known about this bra when I was recovering from my bilateral mastectomy last year. It is remarkably soft, with a comfortable wide band across the bottom that doesn't dig into the sensitive healing tissue across the chest.
The front closure is critical in the early weeks as range of motion is so limited, and the fact that it has three settings is great, allowing adjustment for swelling that fluctuates from one day to the next. The fabric is soft and stretchy, providing gentle compression, and the wide back distributes comfort and support without binding.
Where this bra really shines is during all stages of the reconstruction process, including expanders, direct to implant, and swap surgeries. The bra is comfortable to wear 24/7, even over drains, and stretchy enough to provide comfortable support for natural breasts, healing breasts, breast forms, and flat healing.
The three-tiered front closure is a great feature for individualizing comfort, and it is sturdy enough to keep the bottom band from rolling. This is such a wonderful alternative to the scratchy matronly bras sent home with patients leaving the hospital, or the sports bras some patients are told to wear night and day after surgery.
The Pocketed Front Closure Bra has a modern, delicate look, and the super-soft, moisture-wicking Modal fabric is comfortable and cool — a must during hot flashes. Adjustable straps are useful for tailoring the support level on each side and offer a cross-back option. It is available in sizes XS to 3X (30 to 42).
I also tried the Monica full coverage bra and found it very comfortable to wear flat or with small pads. It is soft with a gentle hugging hold.
The product line includes options for those staying completely flat to those with DDD cups and everything in between. AnaOno is also very active in giving back to the breast cancer community, partnering with many organizations that support cancer research and those living with the disease.
AnaOno founder Dana Donofree has created a company true to the words on the tags that come with her bras: You are never alone. Diagnosed with cancer at an early age, she knows the challenges firsthand. Her mission is to design beautiful, comfortable products specifically for those who are experiencing discomfort from surgery.
AnaOno offers a community and a sense of support along with the lingerie they sell. They have more style choices available than the other companies I looked at and have created multiple options for every kind of surgery."
We have so many options for post-mastectomies you're sure to find one that works best for you. Check out some of the most popular styles.
The Rora Front Closure bra features softer-than-cotton modal fabric that won't irritate sensitive skin during healing or radiation. The adjustable, convertible straps make it perfect under any outfit as the straps can be worn traditionally or in a cross-back style. The wide back bridge offers additional back and underarm support while the front hook and eye closure makes getting dressed post-surgery a breeze.
Meet the Monica, your favorite full-coverage style! This is ultimate radiation and post-surgery bra for comfort and support. In fact, it's so light and soft, you won't even know you have it on. The Monica Full-Coverage Bra is a top pick for post-surgery apparel among those who have undergone single or double mastectomy, reconstruction surgery and other breast procedures. The ultra-comfortable feel is also an ideal fit for those undergoing radiation treatment.
The Leslie Soft Leisure bra is designed with stretch to step into or pull overhead during times of limited mobility. Made with softer-than-cotton modal material and double-layered lining, this underwire-free bra is gentle enough to wear as incision scars heal. It also features mesh panels that add breathability throughout the day and even during workouts, making it an excellent post-mastectomy activewear style. During the recovery period, it provides the protection and support you need to feel comfortable as you heal.
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Recovering from breast surgery can be challenging. Whether you’ve had a mastectomy, reconstruction, lumpectomy or augmentation, there’s bound to be some soreness and limited range of motion during this time. By prioritizing your comfort, however, you can make the process a little bit easier as you feel better each day. One of the best ways to make sure you’re comfortable during recovery is by choosing post-surgery clothing designed specifically for breast procedures. This will allow you to feel better as you heal and adjust to the changes to your body.
Our mission at AnaOno is to make sure patients, survivors and thrivers feel their best during recovery and beyond. Learn more about what makes for the best post-operation clothing and find out where to order some pieces for your own recovery or that of a loved one.
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If you’ve been wearing traditional underwire bras for years, you might just assume that bras are naturally a bit uncomfortable. But that doesn’t have to be the case. There are a number of unique bra styles that can help you feel much more comfortable throughout the day, especially if you’re in recovery from a breast surgery or treatment, such as reconstruction, mastectomy, lumpectomy, augmentation or radiation. Fortunately, AnaOno offers plenty of guidance in finding the best post-surgery bra.
Dana had the chance to speak with Unite for HER Founder and CEO Sue Weldon about her organization. When Sue was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, she began searching for information on therapies that would complement the medical treatments she was receiving. What she discovered was a lack of easily accessible resources on topics like nutrition, acupuncture, massage, yoga, counseling and other ways for breast cancer patients to enhance their wellness and care for their emotional, spiritual, and physical needs.