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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 09:39PM

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.

Dx 9/10/2009, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 9/21/2009 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 2/21/2010 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Right Surgery 2/22/2010 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary, Right Hormonal Therapy 3/15/2010 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 9/10/2010 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 9/20/2010 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Radiation Therapy 10/27/2010 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 3/20/2011 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction
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Feb 10, 2013 09:46PM 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

Dx 10/2008, IDC, Both breasts, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/9 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/8/2009 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal Chemotherapy 2/1/2009 translation missing: en.treatments.chemotherapy.chemotherapy_regimen.options.short_regimens.other Radiation Therapy 7/5/2009 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 5/14/2014, IDC, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 5/19/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Feb 10, 2013 09:52PM 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 7/8/2011, ILC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Left; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 10/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 11/15/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 12/1/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Femara (letrozole)
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Feb 10, 2013 09:56PM 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 9/21/2009 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 2/21/2010 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Right Surgery 2/22/2010 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary, Right Hormonal Therapy 3/15/2010 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 9/10/2010 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 9/20/2010 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Radiation Therapy 10/27/2010 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 3/20/2011 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction
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Feb 10, 2013 10:02PM 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 (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 10/30/2012
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Feb 11, 2013 01:37PM 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 02:25PM 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 (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 1/5/2011 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 4/25/2011 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy 5/16/2011 Hormonal Therapy 7/1/2011
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Feb 11, 2013 02:58PM 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 03:08PM 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+ Surgery 1/4/2013 Mastectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 1/11/2013, LCIS, Stage 0, 0/3 nodes, HER2- Surgery 5/7/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 2/12/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 1/22/2015 Reconstruction (left): SGAP flap/hip flap; Reconstruction (right): SGAP flap/hip flap
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Feb 11, 2013 03:08PM 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 08:28PM 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 4/19/2010 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 4/10/2013 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Surgery Mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy Chemotherapy Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Feb 16, 2013 08:56PM , edited Feb 16, 2013 08:57PM 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 09:15PM 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 10:45PM 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- Hormonal Therapy 6/15/2013 Femara Surgery 8/27/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Underarm, Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Feb 17, 2013 09:33AM 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 11/3/2010 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 1/6/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 3/6/2011 Surgery 6/6/2011 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 10/8/2011 Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Surgery 6/11/2012 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/10/2013 Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction
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Feb 17, 2013 11:21AM 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 11:28AM 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 11:37AM 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 11/7/1991 Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/29/1991 Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Methotrexate (Amethopterin, Mexate, Folex) Hormonal Therapy 5/31/1992 Surgery 10/7/1992 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 5/7/1997 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 4/12/2013 Reconstruction (right): Free TRAM flap Surgery 1/8/2014 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 4/14/2014 Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction
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Feb 17, 2013 06:47PM 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 8/9/2010 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Right; Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction, Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 10/5/2010 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 2/3/2011
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Feb 18, 2013 01:02PM 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 4/19/2010 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 4/10/2013 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Surgery Mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy Chemotherapy Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Feb 18, 2013 05:35PM 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- Surgery 7/17/1985 Mastectomy: Right Dx 10/22/1985, IDC, 0/0 nodes Surgery 10/23/1985 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 1/15/1986 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 4/15/1986 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 9/1/1999 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 11/9/2012 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Feb 18, 2013 06:28PM 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 06:37PM 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 7/8/2011, ILC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Left; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 10/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 11/15/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 12/1/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Femara (letrozole)
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Feb 19, 2013 09:34AM 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 2/13/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Surgery 7/26/2012 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Surgery 12/14/2012 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap, Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap, Nipple reconstruction
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Feb 19, 2013 01:07PM 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 11/3/2010 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 1/6/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 3/6/2011 Surgery 6/6/2011 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 10/8/2011 Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Surgery 6/11/2012 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/10/2013 Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction