If you, or a woman in your life has had a mastectomy operation (breast removal), then this article is for you.
During and after the trauma of this major surgery and the recovery period, it is common for women to experience physical and psychological side effects, including discomfort and lowered self-esteem. Moderate exercise is often recommended by doctors as a way of tackling these problems. Swimming is particularly popular, as it is a gentle activity which does not put too much pressure on the body and is a great stress-buster.
Mastectomy Swimwear - The Difference
After the mastectomy, you will need to choose special post mastectomy swimwear. The aim of mastectomy swimwear is to offer the optimum levels of comfort, creating a natural look, which will allow the wearer to regain body-confidence. Mastectomy swimwear differs from standard swimwear because it features a special, secure pocket which the wearer can slip their breast prosthesis into. Being able to wear the prosthesis in the water, on the beach and by the pool is important to women who have had this operation, as it makes them feel normal, very feminine and attractive, plus it helps to avoid unwanted questioning which may cause embarrassment. Both one piece and two piece mastectomy swimwear is available. Tankini and classic swimsuit styles are usually favoured as mastectomy swimwear, as they offer coverage of the midriff and are supportive.
Mastectomy Swimwear Measurement
Remember that when buying mastectomy swimwear, correct measurements are as essential as ever. In addition to measuring yourself (where possible, ask a friend to help as the measurements will be more accurate), mastectomy swimwear should be tried on to check the fit. The swimsuit or two piece should fit comfortably and firmly, without digging in. Around the chest, the suit should not hang loosely, and should hug the breasts for stability as you move.
So, what should you look for if you a buying mastectomy swimwear for yourself, or a friend who has had the operation? There are many different styles of mastectomy swimwear available, so it is possible to choose appealing patterns and colours. This means that you can choose shades which suit the wearer's skin tone and hair colour, for a flattering effect. Look for designs which have a high neckline and are designed to cover the arm area, to conceal scar tissue in the operation site. For extra confidence, mastectomy swimwear can be combined with a pretty cover-up such as a kaftan.
Whatever style of mastectomy swimwear you choose, remember that how you feel about yourself is almost as important as the garments you choose to wear. Walk tall, be proud that you are a survivor and resonant that strength and inner beauty!