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Women who plan to have any type of breast or chest surgery procedure

Women who plan to have any type of breast or chest surgery or procedure will benefit from wearing a post-surgical bra. Post-surgery bras are an important step in the healing process. The chest area is stabilized and kept free from infection. Scaring and swelling are reduced with compression, and drain tubes are accommodated.

After A Mastectomy (breast cancer surgery)

Breast cancer is the leading type of cancer among women in the United States. Based on the National Cancer Institute’s cancer statistics report (2005-2007), 12% of women (or one out of eight) in the United States will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives.

After any type of mastectomy/breast cancer surgery a post-surgical bra will provide support and comfort for the remaining breast.  The added drain tube pouches anchor and hold surgical drain tubes and bulbs in place providing additional comfort and convenience by eliminating pulling on the incision.  And fiberfill breast forms restore shape (temporarily) without discomfort.

There is also a great deal of discussion about wearing compression bras right after surgery to help eliminate the incidence of lymphedema following breast cancer surgery.

The compression bra can benefit in the following ways:

  • Minimizes Swelling
  • Speeds Up the Healing Process
  • Improves Blood Circulation

According to the National Cancer Institute, the overall incidence of upper extremity lymphedema can range from 8% to 56% two years following the surgery.

After Cosmetic or Reconstructive Procedures

This represents a growing number of medical patients. Last year the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported over half a million breast operations: including breast lifts, breast augmentations, reductions, and reconstructions. It can take from a few weeks to several months for these women to get back into normal looking bras.

After cosmetic surgery or reconstructive surgery, a woman’s bust line has changed and bras can provide both support and look great as well as enhance the breast augmentation healing process.

Added support prevents ongoing gravity affecting the shape and appearance of the breasts.  The new implants act as a small (or large…) battering ram constantly putting pressure and stretch on the lower portion of the breast tissue and skin, and the breast tissue and skin will lose that fight every time. 

After Heart Surgery

According to about one third of all (150,000 a year) coronary artery bypass surgeries (CABG) are performed on women.  A front closure post-surgical bra will hold the breasts together and prevent the breasts from pulling on the incision.  Normally, older women who are the majority of the candidates for heart surgery have heavier breasts. The surgery results in cutting all the muscles and tendons eliminating that support to the breasts. Wearing a post-surgical bra throughout the recovery period will reduce pulling on the scare tissue and pain in the scar area.

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