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Topic: Who of you go braless after reconstruction surgery?

Forum: Breast Reconstruction — Is it right for you? Discuss timing and various procedures and techniques.

Posted on: Feb 10, 2013 03:39PM

karody wrote:

My surgeon said after the initial healing wearing a bra was unneccary but totally up to me.  H said, "I made your skin into its own bra."  Turns out it is tru, no need for a bra with these girls. I asked for them to be a little smialler than the ones God gave me and I love these little girls.   The aren't jiggly and fatty, they are more flat and muscular.  But I look great it tank tops or bathing suits.  Or I can wearl halter tops or tube tops or whatever because I dont need a bra.

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Feb 10, 2013 03:46PM GG27 wrote:

I haven't worn a bra since recon.  I made my PS promise that I wouldn't have to wear one afterwards, but I was a bilateral, so it might be a bit easier than a uni.  It's a great feeling isn't it?  GG

Bilateral breast cancer, IDC, 3 1/2 cm, Stage 2 Grade 2, 4/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, Dx 10/2008, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIb, Grade 2, 3/9 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 10/2008, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIb, Grade 2, 7/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 5/14/2014, IDC, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 01/08/2009 Mastectomy (Both); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection, Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Both) Chemotherapy 02/01/2009 Cytoxan, fluorouracil, methotrexate, Taxotere Radiation Therapy 07/05/2009 External Hormonal Therapy 09/06/2009 Tamoxifen Hormonal Therapy 05/19/2014 Arimidex
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Feb 10, 2013 03:52PM exbrnxgrl wrote:

Funny that you brought this up. I was speaking with two other women I know who have had bmx's. One never wears a bra and wonders why we (other woman and myself) do. The bra-less woman is a mother at our school and younger. The other woman and myself are teachers at the school and over 50. We both acknowledge that we don't have to wear bras but we just feel that we should as befits our positions. I have a few fancy underwires but mostly wear Bali's Comfort Revolution bra.
Caryn

Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur Dx IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 09/07/2011 Mastectomy (Both); Lymph Node Removal (Left); Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both) Radiation Therapy 11/15/2011 External Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex Radiation Therapy 12/01/2011 External Hormonal Therapy 06/19/2014 Femara
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Feb 10, 2013 03:56PM karody wrote:

If I have any shirts that require some modesty, I will wear a tank with a shelf bra enderneath any see through shirt.

Dx 9/10/2009, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIa, Grade 2, 4/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 09/21/2009 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, Taxol Surgery 02/21/2010 Mastectomy (Both); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Right) Surgery 02/22/2010 Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Right) Hormonal Therapy 03/15/2010 Arimidex Surgery 09/10/2010 Prophylactic Ovary Removal (Both) Surgery 09/20/2010 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both) Radiation Therapy 10/27/2010 External Surgery 03/20/2011 Reconstruction: Nipple reconstruction (Both)
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Feb 10, 2013 04:02PM iatigger wrote:

One of the only positives in this whole adventure was to get to skip the bra. Haven't worn one since my BMX in October and loving it. Looking forward to how the summer wardrobe will look.

Dx 9/17/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage Ib, Grade 2, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/15/2012 Mastectomy (Right); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both) Hormonal Therapy 10/30/2012 Tamoxifen
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Feb 11, 2013 07:37AM Sassa wrote:

I have not worn a bra since I got rid of the compression bra after my exchange 3 years ago.  I have bilateral silicone implants.

My plastic surgeon told me I could wear a bra if I wanted to wear one. I looked at him as if he was crazy to think that any woman would opt to strangle herself in one if not wearing one was a viable option.

I am 62, so I don't think age has anything to do with the choice.

Dx 11/6/2006, IDC, 1cm, Stage Ia, Grade 3, 0/9 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Feb 11, 2013 08:25AM ProudMom_Wife wrote:

I have not warn a bra since my final revision surgery.  Aside from removing the cancer of course, being able to go without a bra has been my favorite silver lining on this whole crappy journey.  I downsized and am loving it, I can now wear clothes that I could never wear before.  I will wear a cami if the top is see through though, need to demonstrate a little modesty.  Hubby says he loves the fact that he can rub and caress my back at any time and not run into a strap anymore.

Dx 10/1/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 2/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/17/2010 Mastectomy (Left); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both) Chemotherapy 01/05/2011 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, Taxol Surgery 04/25/2011 Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement, Breast implants (permanent) (Both) Radiation Therapy 05/16/2011 External Hormonal Therapy 07/01/2011 Tamoxifen
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Feb 11, 2013 08:58AM Susie123 wrote:

Very seldom do I ever wear a bra anymore. The only thing a bra seems to do is push them a little closer together.

Dx 12/22/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage Ia, Grade 1, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 11, 2013 09:08AM Tamiami wrote:

I'm looking forward to no bra, or a cami (w/no shelf bra)....ahhhhh that sounds amazing!

Dx 11/12/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Dx 1/11/2013, LCIS, Stage 0, 0/3 nodes, HER2- Surgery 01/04/2013 Mastectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal (Left); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both) Surgery 05/07/2013 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both) Surgery 02/13/2014 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both) Surgery 01/22/2015 Reconstruction: GAP flap (Both)
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Feb 11, 2013 09:08AM hightide1 wrote:

Rarely wear a bra. Had nipple reconstruction which if I had a 'do-over' I would not do. I look permanently chilled in the wrong fabrics. Should have only done the tattoos.
One benefit to getting standard size implants is that my breasts now match the bra sizings. I finally have a perfect fit. Makes frilly and lacy fun and no more undrwires!

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Feb 16, 2013 02:28PM weety wrote:

okay, probably a dumb question, but if the reconstruction is DIEP and not implants, do you have to wear a bra then?

Dx 7/17/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage Ib, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Surgery Mastectomy (Left) Targeted Therapy Herceptin Hormonal Therapy Femara Radiation Therapy External Chemotherapy carboplatin, Taxotere Surgery 04/19/2010 Prophylactic Ovary Removal (Both) Surgery 04/10/2013 Prophylactic Mastectomy (Right)
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Feb 16, 2013 02:56PM , edited Feb 16, 2013 02:57PM by Golden01

I'm actually more comfortable with a bra 24/7 since my reconstruction following BMX. My right one had a tendency to migrate "down and out". Now that it has been a year since my TE exchange, I don't think that would happen but guess I've just gotten used to wearing a bra including to sleep in. I ended up good sized (34DDD), that may be why I'm more comfortable in a bra.

Mucinous Carcinoma, Hypercellular Variant; Oncotype DX 27, Dx 7/8/2011, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Feb 16, 2013 03:15PM puce wrote:

I had Diep and I need to wear a bra.  My breasts are more hamburger shaped than round.

Dx 4/29/2011, IDC, 1cm, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Feb 16, 2013 04:45PM 46andsingle wrote:

Iatigger-- Your dx was similiar to mine. I am wondering if you had any problems with your expanders.

Dx 1/2013, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 03/12/2013 Cytoxan, Doxil, Taxol Hormonal Therapy 06/15/2013 Femara Surgery 08/27/2013 Mastectomy (Both); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Left); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both)
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Feb 17, 2013 03:33AM islandmom wrote:

I feel most comfortable without a bra, but I wear one most of the time because I am a 32DD.  Since I am a uni I have a natural nip and a reconstructed one, they are pretty visible.  If you did not have nipple reconstruction then it is easier.   

Dx 10/20/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage Ib, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/03/2010 Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Right) Chemotherapy 01/06/2011 Cytoxan, Taxotere Hormonal Therapy 03/06/2011 Tamoxifen Surgery 06/06/2011 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Right) Surgery 10/08/2011 Reconstruction: Nipple reconstruction (Right) Surgery 06/11/2012 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Right) Surgery 12/10/2013 Reconstruction: Nipple reconstruction (Right)
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Feb 17, 2013 05:21AM jill47 wrote:

What a timely subject! I have not worn a bra, Genie or regular one for over 36 hours. Even 2 nights of sleep without a soft bra. I'm still a uni-nip (and a big nip) girl for ?? number of more months when PS will remove/flatten her out to match my flat one.  I regret going down the nipple sparing mx road and should of just saved the areolas b/c I've never liked my big nips anyhow. After nip surgery I will be free not to wear a bra around the clock even to work. But now I have to wear one.  

5/12 Grade 2 DCIS, 2+cm extensive comedo necrosis. 0/4 nodes. 98% ER+/99% PR+. LCIS/ALH presented after NSBMX 7/12. TH/BSO 8/13
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Feb 17, 2013 05:28AM EileenKaye1 wrote:

Hoping to be able to go braless. Had a breast reduction on natural beast. Seems to be holding up quite well. Eileen

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Feb 17, 2013 05:37AM nihahi wrote:

Timely question for sure. I'm a uni....and am having the implant removed and going for a diep. Never had nipple recon done on the implant side....hated the uni nipple look and had to wear padded bras to camoflague the one nipple look. The "real" boob is going to have an augmentation implant removed during the diep procedure, and a bit of a reduction/lift done at that time. Has anyone had this, and had the remaining nipple removed during the reduction, then just stayed with no nipple recon, and gone with tattoos only? 

"Comparison is the thief of joy" Dx 10/1991, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR- Surgery 11/07/1991 Mastectomy (Right) Chemotherapy 11/29/1991 fluorouracil, methotrexate Hormonal Therapy 05/31/1992 Tamoxifen Surgery 10/07/1992 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Right) Surgery 05/07/1997 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Right) Surgery 04/12/2013 Reconstruction: TRAM flap (Right) Surgery 01/08/2014 Reconstruction (Right) Surgery 04/14/2014 Reconstruction: Nipple reconstruction (Right)
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Feb 17, 2013 12:47PM Carrol2 wrote:

I have bilateral implants and my PS told me to wear a bra to prevent sagging jsut like you would for natural breasts. Plus they look way better in a bra.

Dx 6/23/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage Ib, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 08/09/2010 Mastectomy (Both); Lymph Node Removal (Right); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement, Breast implants (permanent), Nipple reconstruction (Both) Chemotherapy 10/05/2010 Cytoxan, Taxotere Hormonal Therapy 02/03/2011 Tamoxifen
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Feb 18, 2013 07:02AM weety wrote:

Thanks for the bra answers.  I was curious.

Dx 7/17/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage Ib, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Surgery Mastectomy (Left) Targeted Therapy Herceptin Hormonal Therapy Femara Radiation Therapy External Chemotherapy carboplatin, Taxotere Surgery 04/19/2010 Prophylactic Ovary Removal (Both) Surgery 04/10/2013 Prophylactic Mastectomy (Right)
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Feb 18, 2013 11:35AM MartyJ wrote:

I didn't wear a bra for 27 years following recon with silicone implants.  I had DIEP 4 months ago and have been wearing a lightweight stretchy training bra, but often forget and go without.  Once DIEP is finished, I won't be wearing a bra unless it is helpful to the outfit or so no one sees my future nips.

Dx 7/17/1985, IDC, 0/40 nodes, ER- Dx 10/22/1985, IDC, 0/0 nodes Surgery 07/17/1985 Mastectomy (Right) Surgery 10/23/1985 Mastectomy (Left) Surgery 01/15/1986 Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both) Surgery 04/15/1986 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both) Surgery 09/01/1999 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both) Surgery 11/09/2012 Reconstruction: DIEP flap (Both)
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Feb 18, 2013 12:28PM itsjustme10 wrote:

It's the biggest benefit to this whole mess... no bra!!! :)  Although I guess out of habit, I'll wear a genie or Aah bra to the gym. 

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Feb 18, 2013 12:37PM exbrnxgrl wrote:

My age comment had more to do with the fact that we came from a more modest generation, not age in and of itself. When I was young we were horrified if our bra straps showed. Now girls/women don't seem to mind at all.
Caryn

Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur Dx IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 09/07/2011 Mastectomy (Both); Lymph Node Removal (Left); Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both) Radiation Therapy 11/15/2011 External Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex Radiation Therapy 12/01/2011 External Hormonal Therapy 06/19/2014 Femara
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Feb 19, 2013 03:34AM New-girl wrote:

I had BMX and DIEP.  I HAVE to wear a bra now.  Was a almost b cup before now a b and almost b now.  Lopsided and I look more like a slab of meat on left side.  If I am around the house and my kids are around, I cannot go around in lounge clothes or night clothes without a padded bra to even me out.  I think implants would have given me a better result as far as symetry.  Also one nipple is larger than the other, of course on smaller boob) so that looks weird having one headlight .  I am wishing more to win the lottery so I can redo my reconstruction.

Dx 1/19/2012, DCIS, <1cm, Stage I, 0/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/19/2012, ILC, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/19/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 02/13/2012 Mastectomy (Both); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Both); Reconstruction: DIEP flap (Both) Surgery 07/26/2012 Reconstruction: Nipple reconstruction (Both) Surgery 12/14/2012 Reconstruction: DIEP flap, Nipple reconstruction (Both)
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Feb 19, 2013 07:07AM islandmom wrote:

nihahi, I am uni and had a lift and an implant and my natural nipple was big (breastfed two kids).  My PS reduced the size, it almost seems like he pulled it from the inside.  I do not know exactly but it is a lot smaller, so that when the he later recreated the nip on the MX side they match.  

grt42btexan, sorry to hear you are not happy with your results.  I do not know too much about DIEP because I have implants but the end result should be at least some symmetry.  You should consult a different PS, ask Whippetmom http://community.breastcancer.org/forum/44/topic/746448?page=253#idx_7570 for a PS recommendation.  

I had to have a revision to a smaller implant because I lost weight, being a uni only one side got smaller.  It was covered under my insurance since I was looking for symmetry.  

Dx 10/20/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage Ib, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/03/2010 Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Right) Chemotherapy 01/06/2011 Cytoxan, Taxotere Hormonal Therapy 03/06/2011 Tamoxifen Surgery 06/06/2011 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Right) Surgery 10/08/2011 Reconstruction: Nipple reconstruction (Right) Surgery 06/11/2012 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Right) Surgery 12/10/2013 Reconstruction: Nipple reconstruction (Right)