Who Benefits from Wearing a Post-Surgical Bra? September 20 2013
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. Scarring and swelling are reduced with compression, and drain tubes are accommodated.
After A Mastectomy (breast cancer surgery)
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.
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, 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 Heart Surgery
According to my.clevelandclinic.org 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.