Wear Ease Shapewear is a line of sewn garments specifically designed to help manage swelling resulting from surgery or lymphedema. All shapewear items (780, 785, 910, 912, 915, 970 and 1000) are constructed of a sturdy and compressive fabric (80% nylon/20% spandex) that feels cool and comfortable to the touch. These garments were designed to provide maximum comfort and compression that results in 100% compliance when fitted properly. All styles in this group are designed and sewn with pockets to hold a lightweight or leisure breast form.
Fitting our shapewear is simple if you keep these tips in mind:
- These garments should fit snug but not tight. Measure the woman’s bust, waist and hips and compare to the closest fit per the size chart. Consider where she needs the compression. If she needs compression on her bust be sure to fit her bust measurement first to ensure the top is snug enough. If her measurements are between sizes, go down to the smaller size.
- The grading (difference in size) is 2” per size from XS through XL. It goes up to 3” per size from XL through 3X. This difference is reflected in the size charts.
- For easy fitting, garments should be stepped into and not be donned over the head. Simply gather up the sides of the garment like putting on a swimsuit, step in and pull up. Do not pull from the straps or the neckline. See Donning and Doffing Card.
- All shapewear garments are pocketed for prostheses but only styles 780 Sydney Bra and 785 Crop Top have bands which provide good support for heavy forms. The other garments do not have bands and will not provide support for silicone forms.
- Some of these garments work well for the bilateral patient and/or men because there are no darts or gathers in the design. These include: styles 785, 910, 912, 915, 1000.
Please call customer service with questions: 866-251-0076
National Lymphedema Network (NLN) : www.lymphnet.org
- Therapist directory coming soon, however they accept email requests to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- NLN Conference
Lymphology Association of North America (LANA): www.clt‐lana.org
- Tab - "find a therapist"
- Academy of Lymphatic Studies (ACOLS) https://www.acols.com/
- International Lymphedema and Wound Training Institute (ILWTI) https://www.ilwti.com/
- Klose Training https://klosetraining.com/
- Norton School https://www.nortonschool.com/
- Monarch https://www.ilwti.com/
Different Fabrics for Different Applications Often, I hear from people who think that the only acceptable fabric for post-surgical recovery is a natural fabric, primarily cotton. Depending on the patient’s situation, other fabric choices can be more comfortable and actually speed recovery. Identifying fabric is important. More important is the comparison of fabrics. This makes us know the true quality of a fabric by differentiating it from its substitutes.
This table shows the comparison of the characteristics of a few fabrics. For example, water retention is very high in cotton and the lowest in polypropylene. Same with the drying time taken, a very long time for cotton and vice versa for poly- propylene. Cotton and wool shrinks more than polyester and nylon.
Cotton Wool Polyester Polypropylene Nylon Water Retention High High Low Lowest Medium Drying Time Long Long Short Shortest Short Heat Conduction (Wet) High Low Low Low Medium Comfort Level (Dry) High Medium High Medium Medium Shrinkage High High Low High Low Durability Medium Medium High Medium High Nylon Very strong, resistant to both abrasion chemicals. It is elastic, easy to wash and is quite lustrous. It returns easily to it’s original shape and is non-absorbent. It is fast drying,. Women’s hosiery, knitted or woven lingerie, socks and sweaters. Cotton Cloth made of cotton is more comfortable, durable and suitable to resist all kinds of weather. The comfort quality of the cotton is due to its twisted or coiled shape. It traps air within the fabric structure and helps for a thermal insulation process, resulting protection from heat in summer and cold in winter. T shirts and all types of underwear Polyester It is lightweight, strong and resistant to creasing, shrinking, stretching, mildew and abrasion. It is readily washable and is not damaged by sunlight or weather and is resistant to moths and mildew. It is a major component of microfiber. Vary, depending on blend. Spandex It is lightweight and flexible. It resists deterioration from perspiration, detergent and body oils. It is characterized by it¹s strength and durability. Athletic wear and foundation garments.
Examples Where Fabric Content Makes A Difference
The Dawn Post-Surgical Camisole by Wear Ease is designed to be worn home from the hospital after breast or chest surgery. It is made of cotton/spandex jersey. Cotton is chosen for comfort, and the 8% spandex also adds to the level of comfort and facilitates donning and fitting. The Compression Bra is constructed of a special powernet, Naturexx (83% nylon 17% spandex) designed and developed specifically for compression.