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First Bra Purchase Post Surgery

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Matty2
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Re: First Bra Purchase Post Surgery

I was directed to M&S as well.

I had to have a bra suitable for a mastectomy with immediate implant.

I found the asststant I asked (while sobbing) was lovely, knew exactly what my needs were  and what was required with the op. She said she deals with fitting like this nearly everyday.

I have 2 full cup, total support bras which are lovely and soft - satin around the base and no seams anywhere. I was also advised to get extensions (also M&S) to cope with the swelling, that can slowly be removed as I shrink back to normal.

Still waiting for that moment though!!

 

Beryl x

Atat
Member

Re: First Bra Purchase Post Surgery

I tried various stores. M and S had an excellent selection, I thought. I didn't need a post surgery bra, but I did need a good supportive bra with no underwiring. Their 'total support' bras are well worth a look.
emilysss
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Re: First Bra Purchase Post Surgery

Hi Kentstar
I know what you mean about the massaging. I bought almond oil as I read that keeping the scars soft is really important if you want to be able to have reconstructive survey after the chemo and rads, but I hate it 😞 I can just about do my boob if I have to but there is no way I can touch the armpit scar.
Emxx
Kentstar
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Re: First Bra Purchase Post Surgery

It makes such a difference if the assistant is helpful and understanding. I can't wait to buy some really pretty sexy bras. I am struggling with the scarring at the moment and the awful side boobs, which are going down but think I may need them "tidied" by plastic surgeon as they are uncomfortable and catch. I believe they are called dog ears. I also seem to have an extra puckered fold of skin in the bottom of the cleavage area on the mastectomy side which looks awful but ok in bras. I still like my new smaller pert boobs but would give anything to have my old complete body back, big and droopy they may have been but I had them a long time. Sorry, but feeling a bit down about it all at the moment, I just hate having to massage the scars, I am so squeamish it makes me feel queasy. Anyway, hope everyone is well and getting on ok. X
Nimbus
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Re: First Bra Purchase Post Surgery

I was very lucky, the assistant at my local M&S was the soul of kindness and tact. She helped me find a very comfortable bra, even though the one she wanted to offer was not in stock in the right size. She also helped me order additional ones to pick up at the local M&S food outlet. 

jillybee
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Re: First Bra Purchase Post Surgery

You do feel emotional,another step towards normality.Most stores have bra fitting service,where staff are trained in post op and mastectomy wear.Did make enquiries at our local Marks and Sparks,was told "we think we know what they want".....no,you don't ....made a complaint.Upshot of it was,they are trained.It is the surprise they may get when confronted with scarring and wonky boobs,and also the emotional side if it all.So many pretty bras out there now,don't have to be beige or white.When I bought my bras I came out nearly in tears,with huge grin at the same time.
emilysss
Member

Re: First Bra Purchase Post Surgery

Thank you for this post - I am really struggling with this at the moment and will definitely look for those. 

Emxx

gazzlyn
Member

Re: First Bra Purchase Post Surgery

Hi Kentstar, surgery for me tomorrow so thankyou for the info re: the bras, I am sure it will come in useful. Hope your ok xxx
Kentstar
Member

First Bra Purchase Post Surgery

Saw the Plastic Surgeon today who is very pleased with he healing (I will be 6 weeks post op on Thursday) the reduced boob that wouldn't fully heal had a stray stitch under the scab which he took out with tweezers. All tape now off and just iodine and gauze on the one small area which he hopes will be healed in a couple of days. I see him again in 6 weeks for further follow up. The good news was I could now wear an ordinary non
wired bra. So took myself off to buy a couple. Oh dear, I didn't expect to feel so vulnerable asking for help in fitting. The young girl was lovely and didn't flinch at my wonky scarred boobs. I did shed a few lonely tears when she went off to get a different size. There is currently approx 2 cup size difference in each boob but I was told today that there was still a lot of swelling on the reduction side. The best bra was in debenhams, a pack of two maternity bras that are so soft and stretchy and accommodate the 2 differing size boobs very well. £26 for 2 in a microfibre fabric. Hope that helps others looking.