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Thank you, I will have a look x
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I got mine from 

https://www.macom-medical.com

i had product code 1007 I think

 

It coped with my very different sized boobs, GG one side & C cup on the other, I wore it until I was able to have my large boob reduced to match.

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Hello,

 

Has anyone else found they have had trouble with their nipples in the post surgery bras?  I have three from M&S which seem to fit everywhere and don't rub my scar which is on the side towards the top by my armpit, but they seem to rub at the front.  I have a patch about two inches all round my nipple which is red and my nipple looks swollen and a slightly odd colour.  I normally wear wired bras and went back to them as soon as I could which seemed to help a bit but it still hasn't gone completely.  I had my rads planning appointment on 27th and they had a look, but didn't seem to think it was anything to worry about. The antibiotics I had for the infection I developed about a week after my WLE did not touch it.  It's not hot to the touch.  The red bit is not particularly sore, more irritating but my nipple is very tender.  I am big busted (38dd) and wondered if it might be something like joggers nipple if the bra is not giving me enough support really.  I will need to go back into the non wired once I start being zapped and wondered if anyone had any ideas?  x 

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Sorry Avyi - just noticed you were talking post op bras. Have you asked your breast care nurses? They may be able to help you, being that much more in the know. Happy New Year to everyone. Hope you all get your booby bra dilemmas sorted. xxx
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Did you try M&S? Excellent fitting service. Don't forget you get vat off at till, so cheaper than shown price. X

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Try Womanzone Avyi - hope it helps. They may be able to make something to fit, as they used to do bespoke and I'm presuming they still do xxx
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 I looked at the Royce site and they seem great but not large sizes. When you have a G cup or more where on earth to you find one of these comfy post surgery bras?

thanks Dawn

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FLISS, hope you're still lookin onto here.

Try "Womanzone". They actually make items on site, bra's or swimwear. 34HH! Well worth a look. Hope they can provide for you xxx

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Hi Girly, thanks ever so much for getting back to me - it's a big help to know that the less expensive options will be just as effective. You're right - I had been worried about turning up with anything other than the recommended kit and them thinking I didn't respect their opinion, or that it wouldn't be as good.

 

Thank you also for wishing me luck, and for taking an interest in how I get on - I have been feeling quite isolated recently and it does make a massive difference to thing that there are people out there who are supportive.

 

Liz x 

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Hi Everyone

 

I've had a read of the bra bits on here, but I'm still confused about sizing and my mastectomy and diep reconstruction is this coming Thursday (10 August), so it's time I stopped faffing around and got myself sorted out...

 

When I had my appointment with my plastic surgeon, I was given a leflet that had surgical grade bras and corsets on it - and the cost of each item was pretty horrendous (I'm a freelance private chef and so I have no income at the moment).  I figured I would probably need three of each - one to wear, one in the wash and one spare because I will have no help afterwards and drying anyting is hopeless with the way the weather seems to be lately....Buying these items would set me back around £300.

 

When I went for my pre-op on Tuesday, a different nurse gave me another leaflet with M and S Extra High Impact Zip Front Bra and Firm Control Waist Cincher - which brings the cost down to £200 (which when you have no income is still LOADS.

 

On here, I've read lots of good things about the Asda bras - which are just £8 - but are they supportive enough for after surgery following a DIEP?

 

Also, at the risk of sounding one egg short of an omelette - how do I work out what size I need?  The nurse said to buy my normal band size, and go up a couple of cups - but I don't want to et things wrong as I may well not have any way of getting them changed if I get it wrong.

 

I'm sorry if I sound a bit useless, I think maybe I am starting to feel a bit nervous and a bit emotional too but I am trying to put a big smile on for everyone, because in the grand scheme of things I am very lucky ....

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Hi I have got a 38 g cup and too found it very difficult to find a bra after surgery However I found one! I was delighted it's from a company called Royce and Ian's fastens in front There are no seams and Velcro straps it is so comfortable Sldo if you buy a bra for mastectomy or lumpectomy you don't pay vat I didn't know this until went to pay for the bra on line Tje bigesr theyvhadcwas an E cup but it fits great Hope this helps Aldo sleeping with a v shape pillow helps x
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Just to add to Cosmo's comment about bra extenders-I found them in Wilkinsons today x

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Hello again

l had a mastectomy without an implant so may be different as only had the "comfy" the hospital supplies to go in . I am a 36B if that helps relating to size, so the Asda ones were perfect.. Now have back fasteners from there. One other point point after the op I needed a larger band size for comfort but within 6 weeks was back to normal.

 

Talking to others who have had a mastectomy ,finding the right bra is always a talking point. Some people complain about the money they spent before finding the right one for them.

 

Best Wishes for your operation and bra search x

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thanks for that i have already bought the asda 2 pack front fastening ones but thought i might need more support to start with? did you think that or is it more about comfort than support? So confusing all this stuff 😞  im having an implant put in at the time of mastectomy if thats any help xx

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Hi 

I bought the Frances bra but found it didn't suit. It was comfy enough bit wouldn't stay done up. Kept noticing it was flapping at the front. Haven't had much success with another amoena bra thst my BCN said was perfect for me. It made me very sore in the ode area. Ended up attacking it with scissors to remove side support. So the most expensive isn't always the best. Can't beat Asda bras for economy and comfort.

Just proves we are all different.

Good luck x

 

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Hi

 

I'm due to have a mastectomy and a lump removal on the otherside in a couple of weeks just wondered if anyone had tried this make of bra and if so what were the sizes like?  

Amoena Frances Non-Wired Front Closure Bra

Thanks in advance xx

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Dear pre op ladies

 

As well as the 'new' bra - I found it helpful to buy a bra extender - could only get them from Waitrose where I live (in Devon) found in the sewing section but turned out to be the essential after op on Tuesday. I  was so swollen I ended up using two - but arent expensive - so a worth while buy

 

Cosmo x

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Hi Annie

I also went into M and S this week for a bra fitting to accommodate swollen boobs after third session of biopsies. Absolutely wonderful lady who was very knowledgeable and I came out with a 38 DD  after normally being C cup - but so comfortable and didn't care what it looked like. Have also found really comfy front fastening soft  supportive sports bras from ASDA  which I am wearing now at night whilst still sore. These will be excellent I think for after my surgery which is likely to be in three weeks or so. Again hoping for smaller perky boobs after !!

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I am due to be fitted next week for my prothesis, so needed  bra that fitted.

l would like to sing the praises of the fitter at my local M&S. She took so much time , to make sure I was happy, showed me all the styles and made sure I wore my purchase home with pride. It was only as I paid that she told me about her mastectomy, same side ,same cancer, same treatment. 

That lady is a treasure. 

 

Hope everyone has the same success. Must admit I am not a difficult size to fit, but feel better for knowing its right.

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Hi Mary,  

It's a lovely site but unfortunately they don't do my size. Thanks though for the info

Fliss

 

 

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Hi Fliss

 

Try Nicola Jane on line, they have some lovely soft front fastening bras have two myself, they also have some shops around the country, they are really good and helpful with a no quibble return policy

Good Luck 

Mary x

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Hi everyone, I have just been diagnosed with BC and am due to have my WLE +SLNB surgery on the 10th. I find it difficult to find bra's normally due to the large cup size (34HH) any suggestions as to where to get post op bras from. I  have searched the Internet and either get front fastening or soft cup but not usually together. 

Thanks fliss

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Good on you Kath. Would that be "walk tall" with your shoulders back, chest out but now comfortably in check !! Ha ha, great stuff 

Hope everyone else has the same success with their bra probs.

Love to everyone

Dellywelly xxxxxx

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Thanks Delly, you're spot on with your comments! I've completed customer feedback for the Debenhams ladies-so they'll know how appreciative I was of their help. Certainly made me walk tall for the first time in several months xx
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I ended up with Asda soft bras for £6! I wear these at night. They are just like a little crop top, so may be difficult if you are struggling with arm movements . I only had a lumpectomy , so am managing during the day with M&S HUGE full cup comfort bras. Not cheap this cancer thingy!!!🤕

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Hi Kathy 68 - No offence - but couldn't help chuckle at you now being fitted up with a nursing bra !! Consider it "nursing" your tender boob. Thats brilliant. Hats off, or should I say "bras off" to your fitter for coming up with an "unusual" but comfortable solution to your prob. Let's face it - who gives a stuff what kinda bra it is, when previously you're so uncomfortable, you can't wait to "whip it off" at the end of the day. That woman has to be applauded. I'd take her in a bunch of flowers to say thanks, even if just a couple of £1 a bunch daffies - It'd really knock her pants off (as oppo to "socks", her working in underwear dept . . . you follow what I mean / get the gist). People so seldom receive praise for a job we think they just "do", day in day out. But in her case, she ISN'T just "doing" it. She was obviously "caringly" interested about your problem, to come up with an out of the ordinary solution - found what suited and served you best for your current NEED. And this is such an incredibly sensitive area that, she may or may not be aware of just how sensitive, is to YOU. She and it has helped you sooo much.Enjoy your new tops.

Delly xxxx

 

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Hi there. I'm 4 month's post rads and have found it really difficult finding a comfy bra and normally can't wait to remove it once home from work. Just wanted to recommend Debenhams-had a wonderful shopping experience today for my very specific non wired, non seamed big boob bra! Was fitted with a nursing bra of all things but feels like bliss! Certainly felt more confident leaving the store-even buying 2 new tops on the way.
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Morning Bra Beauties !!!!!

 

Kezzar - Am wondering what that can be short for. Yey, thats fandabidozee news for you, and us ALL. Hope the rads go well and quickly, without any or few ill effects lovey.

LinRowan - Good luck with your surgery, girl. You didn't mention what's required, but I hope you have a speedy recovery and are back to your dancing asap. May you always dance, but without dancing boobs !!!

Sorry you're both on this on this Forum for the reasons you are, but glad you've found it and are. It's an invaluable source of support and advice from women who've been through the same.

Morning Helena - hope you're enjoying this gorgeous day and enjoying the start of your holiday break. See you on the "Fluffies" thread darlin'.

Lots of love to everyone

Dellywelly xxxxxxx

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I'm due to have surgery in two weeks and have been told to have a soft - but- firm unwired bra available for afterwards. Bra buying has always been a nightmare as I have a narrow back and big boobs so I went along to our local posh bra shop and was fitted by a very helpful and sympathetic lady who couldn't find a specific 'post-surgery' bra in my size but did find a sports bra that fitted me. As I'm a dancer and intend to go back to dancing as soon as i'm fit, I thought this wasa good choice for me. Its a wonderfully comfortable thing - as ong as I'm standing up, which of course I was when it was fitted, and will be when I'm dancing. But the under-band is too solid and leaves me feeling sore if I try to relax in it. So I went to M and S.

M&S post-surgery bras don't go anywhere near my cup size in a 32/34 band size. I said some choice things under my breath and walked out.

Yesterday in the local supermarket I decided it's always worth having a look, and discovered an unwired bra, firm support, 34G. Halleluia. I can now face my treatment without having to cope with 'bra-rage' on top of everything else.

I am really glad to have found this forum.

 

 

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Kezzar

 

Hi, thats great to hear and the radiotherapy is very doable.  I was advised to wear a non wired bra after my op, had the same as you, and throughout my rads I had 20 sessions.  I think it is very much what feels comfortable as in the early weeks/months post op the bones of the bra could rub against your sentinel node scar, also the fold underneath your breast can be aggreviated by them whilst you are undergoing radiotherapy .  I am now 5 months post op and have been wearing my normal wired bras for a couple weeks now

 

You will probably be advised to leave your bra off as much as possible so that the skin can get air to it and lessen the chance of rubbing of the material.

 

I got the M&S super soft crossover non wired bras and a friend of mine bought my a cotton bra vest top which was wonderful.

 

I used to take the moisturiser with me and when I was getting dressed after the session I would apply it before I put my bra on.

 

Also make sure you drink plenty of fluid as this will help with the dehydration that the rads cause which can bring on fatigue and just be kind to yourself.

 

Helena xx

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Good to read about bras. I got the results of my lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy today. I am now cancer free!! I should be going for my first appointment for radiotherapy in the next couple of weeks. I can't wait for it to be over! I'm reading these posts about bras. Is it necessary to have special bras or is it in case you have problems? 

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Hi all I have been to asda  and got two very soft bras with no fasteners ect so hopefully they will be comfy during the time Im having radiotherapy. thanks for all your suggestions.feel a bit more prepared x

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Morning Bra Girls !!

I was given a "soft" bra to wear for when  my 1st mastectomy scar area was more healed and to wear my "softie" foam false boob with, then later an adhesive prosthesis. I was provided with that bra "free" by the breast department. That was back in 2006. Do they not do that any more then. I also remember being told I didn't need to get pocketed bras, but after my first prosthesis had popped out a few times (no, fortunately not into my soup!!), usually when bending forward, I went to the said "Womanzone" at Warrington and was properly fitted with a single pocketed bra - made a huge difference. After my 2nd mast, I immediately went for double pocketed bra and a matching pair of really "nice", great in fact, prostheses. Again, all of those were provided and that second time fitted by a lady, who was an agent for Natrelle, who came to the hospital to carry out fitting sessions. Natrelle, incidentally, produce implants as well as prosthetics, in particular, developed the newer "anatomically shaped" teardrop profile implants, that give a far more natural result, than the 1/2 spherical ones, that tend to look stuck on and false. I ave my name written on a pair of them, for the end of April !!

Going back to "underwired" bras, for later, when things have well settled scar wise, a couple of people have mentioned just taking out the wires. I can remember doing this myself years ago, long before BC, when the push up bras became fashionable, around the mid 70's. And I agree, it didn't make any difference to the support or shape, but a huge difference to the "comfort". But I can remember the first time I ever went to be properly fitted for bra's, I found out I was wearing the wrong size, and that I was wearing the straps too loose - and that was even for me, being smaller boobed!! I remember thinking and immediately feeling, what a difference.

My Mum, a much larger boobed woman, always went to have a fitting whenever she needed new bras.

 

Hope you're all okay. Hope it all goes well for those of you having to have ops and treatments, that you recover quickly. Keep us in touch with and let us know how you're doing.

 

love to everybody

Dellywelly xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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thanks a lot x
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Corrr F650GS,

I had to chuckle at your jump up in size girl !! Just glad you've found something comfey, tho' think I'm somewhat envious of your size!, being a mere 34 B cup (previously to recon results)!! Have no idea about what you're "medium impact"!! is about? You'll have to educate me on that one !! 

 

Good luck with it Corrina, and that goes to the rest of you comfey bra searching girls.

 

Lotsa love

Unbra'd Delly xxxxxx

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Thanks so much for this advice .I will be having a trip to asda
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I have found that the Asda medium support Sports bra for £8 (GREAT VALUE) with a front zip to be really comfortable and easy to put on with the front fastening (not struggling to get your arm in an over the head sports bra.

 

My normal bra size is 36F, but for comfort I tried on 3 different sizes before deciding on 42DD (sports bras are quite tight fitting anyway so would recommend ignoring the size and concentrate on comfort).  Being medium impact it keeps me from moving about too much, and the arm pit area is low enough that it does not interfer with the lymph node wound.

 

I got 3 and intend wearing them through radiotheraphy too as they are so comfortable.  Even my consultant commented on what a good idea with the front zip opening.

 

http://direct.asda.com/george/womens/lingerie/zip-front-sports-bra/G005578659,default,pd.html?cmpid=...

 

http://direct.asda.com/george/womens/lingerie/zip-front-sports-bra/G005578837,default,pd.html?cmpid=...

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I will be starting radiotherapy soon and wander if anyone can recommend a suitable comfortable bra for when I going through treatment? I quite large 38 E. would be grateful for any help.

 

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Hi ladies, staggered into local M&S after biopsies as I couldn't get my poor boob into a bra. The fitter was kindness personified. I ended up with a real granny bra, and I didn't care! She was so careful and considerate. She had to fasten me in and out as I was past myself! The bras were up a size  to accommodate the blue booby, and I left one on as it was so comfy. The sports bras were no use at all. Too tight. I bought two granny bras, but drew the line at granny knickers!  Ive worn them for a few weeks until the swelling went down. She gave me her card and I am going back after my op. Aren't people so kind! 

P.S. From a 38FF to a 42 F, hoping for perky little ones after the op!

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Hi girls

Emily T, I can't recommend enough, that you go get yourself professionally fiitted. Don't know if M & S bra fitters are now specifically trained to fit BC women or not (I now see from the above post that they are - fantastic), but there are still a few "special" lingerie shops and fully trained fitters. Makes a huge difference. Don't know where you are in the country, there's Womanzone in Warrington, Nicola Jane in Eastleigh, nr Southampton and Leeds still, I think. Plus a few private fitters dotted around the country, some of whom will come to your home to fit.

Yeh, I'm with on Helena on the difference with underwired bras, the definiton bit, but long term wear can irritate the underlying breast tissue.

Corr, Helzie, that was a good bargain you got there gal  

Incidently, I haven't had to wear a bra, since my initial recon procedure to install expanders, March 2014. Unfortunately, I fell off the horse for continuing with the silicon replacement, followed 3 months later by nipple recon and tattooing. So I've saved myself the expense and trouble of finding and fitting bras. However, I'm BACK on that horse and scheduled for silicon replacement op, now with the extra added benefit and support of tissue matrix "slings", which had been previously refused me as not possible for a delayed recon. So in that sense, I glad I DID fall off that horse!!! cos now I "should" have a better end result, had I not. Whoo-hooo Smiley Very Happy Bout time I had finished, as was 2007 when had my 2nd mast with full node clearance. But I can't tell yers how much it immediately lifted my none existent confidence from, to sky high. Well worthy of a another Whoo-blooomin -hooo!!! I instantly felt I'd got some of my old body and self back - Yey gals.  

Good luck with your op, Emily, sweetheart. Let us know somewhere on the Forum, how you go on.

Love to everyone

Dellywelly xxxx

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Had a WLE on the 2nd of this month. The nurse had told me about M/S sports bras which were suitable so luckily got two in the sale for £5.00!!  She also mentioned Asda had some but OOS when I checked.

 

On the day of the op, she gave me an Anita sports bra which opened at the front because my MS ones were a bit harder to put given limited arm mobility. I've worm the MS ones since and find them v comfy and give good support-F cup so need it!  While the Anita bra was very easy to put on and comfy, at first the side dug into the node incision site so had to put a hankie there to act as a buffer!

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I bought 2 Asda soft comfy bras.  Only £7 each. There are no seams in the cup or at the sides, so for those of us who have had WLE and incision in armpit they're perfect. They're not the most attractive, but to be honest comfort was my main priority!

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Just wanted to say, had WLE Thursday and I kept my post surgery bras from Marks and Spencer and they have been fabulous. I'm a 34 DD so need support and these are so comfy, soft but don't let me sag. well worth the money. 

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Thanks booby woo,  I saw the maternity bras but discounted them!

 

Dizzybee Smiley LOL that made me laugh, a shelf LOL!  thats what they kind of do to me. squish then together and hold them up...I end up with a uni boob 

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P S they don't look like breastfeeding bras x
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My breast care nurse recommended John Lewis cotton stretchy maternity breastfeeding bras. They are so comfy I will continue to wear them . They are more supportive than crop tops that some recommend and OK to wear at night. Which I did after surgery as keeping everything in place seemed to help with pain after surgery. I think marks and spencer do similar if no John Lewis near you x
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I was told I could wear anything I was comfortable in, and I was back in my normal underwired bras within a week.

Before the op I went to M and S, I must have tried every non wired bra in the place but they all looked bizarre on me. I looked like I had a shelf up front, I could have rested a plate on there!

I was in despair, and then saw the padded post surgery range, which were much better. I wore them for a few days and at night, but I was actually most comfortable in my own bras. But I didn't have any nodes taken, that may make a big difference as my underarm wasn't sore.

I found the trouble with padding if you're a larger size is it seemed to be the wrong shape somehow. I'm a DD/ E. And at night it doesn't move with you when you're on your side, it's a bit odd.

I've just bought a couple of crop tops from Matalan, and wish I'd had them for the post surgery time, I'm sure they would have been more comfortable.

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Thanks both. I think I will keep one then so I have something to wear post surgery and return the other 2. 2 of them are post surgery bras and are slightly like sports bras so I'll keep one of them.

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Hi

I wore sports bras after my op as found that I'd needed a lot of support. Also I had quite a bit removed so have one bigger that the other! and so this helps mask the difference.

Best wishes x

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Hi Emily

 

You may find it best to wait until after your procedure to buy new bras as you will probably find your shape has changed.  I wouldn't waste a lot of money on 3 bras that may not fit.  Hope this helps.