How To Shop For Right Mastectomy Swimwear
The most important part of shopping for this special swim clothing is finding the right store. The staff should be able to help you find exactly what you need while also being compassionate. You should be able to tell the staff person what you are looking for and be shown multiple choices. Your overall experience should be positive, not traumatic or embarrassing. The best way to find a good store is by asking other people. Talk to your physician and people who have been through the surgery. They can often provide referrals to several places.
Your choices for a swimsuit are basically only limited by your personal taste and type of procedure you had. A total tissue removal will need more coverage than a lump removal. A lumpectomy needs shaping instead of prosthetic pockets. The type of cut on the top section of the suit can be higher on the neckline and arm holes for women with prosthetics and larger scars.
The bodice or top piece should have molded cups with pockets. The pockets will hold the prosthetic form if you use one. If you have had a lumpectomy and are not asymmetrical but do not require a prosthetic, the molded cups can help your breasts look even. For prosthetics, the pockets should close tightly, either with velcro or small snaps, to ensure your form does not slip out while swimming.
While shopping for suits, there are many different options available with styles. You can find the same styles in post-mastectomy suits that are in regular ones. Style does not have to be substituted just because you need a special suit. One piece, tank style, boy short, and bikini suits can be found. You can even choose to mix and match bottoms to fit your tastes.
Similar to regular suits, these special suits can have other options to help change they way your body looks. You can choose suits that are slimming along the tummy or butt areas. There are also styles to make big hips look smaller or reduce the appearance of long legs and torsos. Body shape is a factor when shopping for any suit, but it also applies to these special suits.
Be sure to try on each bathing suit that you like before you make the purchase. Whenever possible, the prosthetics should also be used to ensure that the forms fit into the pockets and the bathing suit fits with the addition. In many cases, a waterproof prosthetic may weigh different than a daily form and will change the way the suit fits.
Undergoing breast surgery is difficult enough. Women do not have to worry about what they will look like in a swim suit. Mastectomy swimwear helps women continue on with their lives. Family time and summer activities do not have to be avoided because of surgery.