Surgery and/or radiation scars are often high on the chest wall which makes them difficult to disguise or hide. Nowadays, most T-shirts, bras, camisoles, etc. are cut low and often designed to be worn with multi-layers.
I haven’t found any mastectomy bras that come up high, but I have found a camisole that comes with a high neckline. It has several style options that are both practical and dressy. The mastectomy camisole was also designed to be worn over a bra.
This mastectomy camisole is extremely comfortable – it has stretch to the fabric. It was designed with input from many women who had undergone breast cancer treatment – women who know.
For women who undergo a mastectomy, it involves changing how you wear your clothes, especially bras. For some, there is scarring on the chest from either surgery or radiation. These scars are visible when wearing some necklines, especially if they gape at the neckline when you bend over.
Also finding something for those dressier occasions can be a challenge. These women want something a little special. Something with pizazz.
I found just the item – beautiful mastectony camisole tops which are made of stretch lace, hug the body and are worn over a bra, come up high enough in the front and also under the arm to hide all scars, and look fabulous.
In fact, what woman wouldn’t want one of these. They are so versatile – and comfortable.
For any woman who has undergone a mastectomy, you will know that finding proper garments that provide both comfort and support is sometimes hard to find.
Post surgery, when the incision is still sore, comfort is key. There will be drains to manage for a few days at home. After the drains have been removed, while the incision is healing, wearing a soft cotton mastectomy camisole is a great option. This camisole will have both drain management and a pocket(s) for an interim prosthesis.
These mastectomy camisoles are wonderfuly cozy under a sweater, shirt, or T-shirt providing practical coverage and function.
A mastectomy comes with a few challenges in clothing choices. Creating the look of ‘normal’ is often hard to achieve. Wearing a mastectomy bra with a prosthesis is a start. Finding one with a good fit and comfortable around the surgery site and under the arm is imperative. Usually you can find a bra that works for you.
However, what often happens is for those women who like to wear V-neck styles or low necklines, the lack of cleavage is evident. The bras aren’t the solution.
The other issue is scarring on the upper chest from radiation treatment that women want to cover up.
I’ve been asked many times if there was a garment that would add this level of coverage but still be chic, stylish and wearable. Well, I’ve found one. These camisoles worn over a mastectomy bra are lovely and absolutely smashing. The designer obviously knew the issues and came up with something unique and quite frankly are a great wardrobe addition regardless of whether you have had a mastectomy or not.
Finding great options for both casual and dressy occasions without added layers can be a challenge, especially when you’ve had a mastectomy.
Camisoles, in general, are great wardrobe staples because they can be worn under a garment such as a sweater, blouse, etc. for warmth, protection, and comfort. A well designed mastectomy camisole with lace trim and some spandex is wonderful to wear under a jacket for day or evening wear. Lots of women wear them on their own with jeans together with a casual sweater for evening when the weather chills off.
A mastectomy camisole provides fashion as well as great coverup with different necklines to choose from, built in bras to hold a prosethesis, and similar support as a bra. Some also serve as compression camisoles for those who develop torso lymphedema and require graduated compression rather than simply comfort spandex.
After a mastectomy, choices for undergarments take a new turn. Some women have opted for breast reconstruction to eliminate this issue. However, there are many women who choose not to go that route and therefore look for functional but attractive mastectomy camisoles and bras .
One mastectomy camisole that is very useful and a welcome addition to any wardrobe is a black shaper camisole. This camisole is not only designed to accommodate a prosthesis, it also has compression for those who develop torso lymphedema. Do not confuse this garment with SpanX which has compression, but not the graduated compression required for torso lymphedema.
A bonus is the trimming effect on the midriff. Often when undergoing treatment, women gain weight, especially around the middle, so something that will make us look and feel trim for special occasions boosts self esteem.
Not all patients are aware that after a lumpectomy or mastectomy, drains are inserted and stay with you for a few days. Nowadays, you are also sent home from the hospital with them still intact. They are cumbersome, don’t fit under clothes and the bags are left hanging leaving you with the issue of how to manage them.
Women who have gone before you have used their experience to design a practical and fashionable mastectomy camisole to address this issue. There are several styles available from which to choose.
Thoughts to keep in mind are:
- Do you want adjustable straps? Some come with and some don’t.
- How soft is the fabric and does it stretch? Your surgery site will be sensitive as it heals and you will want a fabric that is cosy and non-abrasive.
- How long is the camisole? Some women like them quite long and others shorter.
- How adaptable are they after the drains are removed? Can you use this camisole afterwards in place of a bra? It takes a while for the surgery site to heal and before you will feel comfortable putting on a bra. Also, if you are having radiation, a soft camisole will be the better option as skin becomes sensitive and sometimes has radiation burn. You won’t want to be putting anything tight around your breast.
The above are functional issues. We also want to look attractive to keep our self-esteem high and appear as normal as possible given the circumstances. Well designed and fashionable camisoles fill that void and help make the transition easier after your mastectomy or lumpectomy.
Not every breast cancer survivor opts to have reconstructive surgery. Those unwilling to face further invasive surgery can still achieve the look of full breasts with mastectomy bras. Mastectomy bras give the illusion of a full breast by utilizing prostheses. The bras will either have built-in prostheses or pockets to place your own prostheses.
As is the case with regular bras, mastectomy bras come in many colors and are suited for different occasions. There are basic everyday mastectomy bras, active/athletic bras, comfort bras, and even specialty bras. Specialty bras may include bras with front closures, t-backs, ¾ lengths, and bras that utilize conforming gel. For those who are sensitive to underwire bras, mastectomy bras also come in the more comfortable soft-cup.
Having a mastectomy due to breast cancer requires a new way of dressing, especially if you have not opted for reconstructive surgery. Nowadays, there are many stylish options. Not only are they practical, having pockets for your prosthesis, but they are also attractive. A mastectomy camisole can stand in for a bra, so you only have one garment to wear.
For those elegant occasions, a mastectomy camisole in a stretchy fabric with lace trim – and in black – can take you from the office to an evening out. Hot flashes often accompany a mastectomy, so something that is comfortably cool, fashionable, and eliminates another layer of clothing, is a bonus.
Some of the mastectomy camisoles are also compression garments, offering not only a slimming silhouette but also provide the necessary compression to facilitate lymph flow for those who have torso lymphedema.
Something often forgotten in the shock of getting a cancer diagnosis are some of the little things which become big things. One of these is proper garments after the surgery, whether it is a mastectomy or a lumpectomy. With either surgery, you will have drains and bandaging. Nowadays, you are sent home from the hospital within a day so the drains are still there and need to be managed.
Having a proper mastectomy camisole makes life much easier. There is room for the bandages and a drain pouch so you can be discreetly mobile. The camisoles are made of soft cotton, some with velcro fastenings at the front if you are having mobility issues with your arm after node dissection. Also some have no seams at the side eliminating the friction on incisions. These mastectomy camisoles are then convertible to wear with breast forms once you have healed from the surgery.