Join Us

We are 217,613 members in 84 forums discussing 160,652 topics.

Help with Abbreviations

Topic: Bras 101: The Great Post-Exchange Debate

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

Posted on: May 25, 2010 07:30PM - edited Feb 15, 2013 08:16AM by val61

val61 wrote:

BRAS.......whether you love themKiss or hate themYell, they are often part of our reconstruction journeys. Whippetmom and I decided to share some information that we discovered throughout our respective journeys through breast reconstruction. There are different practice styles and philosophies among plastic surgeons (PSs), and this extends to their feelings and recommendations about bras after exchange. Some of our PSs have very specific instructions regarding underwire/wireless bras; some say no bra is necessary, and some say nothing on the subject. It seems that a great number of PSs fall in the latter category.

Please note: We are NOT physicians or medically educated....just fellow bc sisters who have researched this subject and want to share what we've learned :)

If you have lymphedema or have been told you are at risk for it, please discuss the issue of bras and supportive breast wear with your physician. Risk factors:

http://www.breastcancer.org/tips/lymphedema/risk.jsp

Why would I need a bra after reconstructrion?  To keep those lovely implants where your PS placed themSmile.  Because underwire bras provide such excellent implant support and stabilization (when properly fitted), many plastic surgeons advocate the use of them soon after the exchange surgery. The wire provides "encapsulation" to help prevent implant migration. This was my experience. My PS sent me for a professional bra fitting (at Nordstrom) as soon as the drains were removed. I wore that underwire bra 24/7 (I bought two :) - worn VERY tightly in both band and straps - for the next 3 1/2 months.....yes months! That is the time it generally takes for scar tissue to form the "capsule" around the implant. Until then gravity and arm movements can cause the implants to migrate.

Some have asked if underwire bras could harm the new sutures and pocket work after exchange. While those of you whose incision line is along the IMF (inframammary fold) will likely be unable to wear underwire for awhile, most of us with traditional trans-aerolar incisions will be allowed to wear them. My PS's belief is that an underwire is absolutely necessary to provide adequate support for the implants, as there is little else to support them initially. We need to think about what's supporting our implants. Many of us here have had TE's [tissue expanders], so our implants are essentially held in place by our (often very thin) expanded tissue coupled with the various chest muscles and sutures. (Not the case for those who've had flap procedures.) Eventually (3-4 months according to most PSs) scar tissue forms the capsule, which then adds some additional support. Despite rumors, there is no need to fear about missing the often discussed "drop and fluff" of the implants; wearing a bra will not interefe with that. Even with support from a bra, the implants will settle into the pockets - promise! The degree of "drop and fluff" is greatly influenced by the expansion process (style of TE & fills), so there is a lot of variability among us.

There are some PSs who believe that reconstruction patients need never wear a bra - a topic hotly debated around these forums, for sure. As with much of the reconstruction process, philosophies differ among physicians. There are some PSs (mine included) who feel that reconstructed breasts will ALWAYS need the support of a bra except for short periods. And yes, that includes during sleep - especially in the first several months - perhaps much longer for many of us. Believe it or not, many of us actually discover that it is more uncomfortable to NOT wear a bra :). Gravity is not a friend....to faces, fannies, or foobs!

We realize that not every PS or sister with reconstructed breasts is as "pro-bra" as we are. But for those of you who want to maximize your reconstruction results by minimizing implant migration-and have no contraindicating factors- hopefully this information will be useful. Of course, we want to clarify that the quality of the bra is essential. Not all underwire bras are appropriate for the purpose of encapsulating and supporting the implants on the chest wall. A high quality bra, which uses better fabric and wires in the construction, will provide superior fit and longevity while doing its job of providing proper implant support. Many insurance companies offer coverage for even non-surgical bras, so be sure to check.

What about size? A HUGE question! Sizing is a bit tricky with implants because they are wider and flatter than natural breasts. If you don't have access to a well-trained professional bra fitter (Nordstrom fitters are famous, but many other department stores and small boutiques are good, too), then here's a good place to start:  www.herroom.com/bra-fitting-ad...   Sizing with implants is very much a trial and error process, but this technique is generally pretty darn close.    ***Please note:  These are different from the conventional "just measure around your ribs, then your chest" instructions, but I think they result in a truer measure of size for many people. Implants are much wider and flatter than natural breasts, so sizing is a bit iffy, though the technique described at herroom addresses these issues. Just as with clothes, sizing differs between manufacturers, so be prepared to try lots of bras!

What kind of bra do I need and how should it fit?  Well, the main goal of the bra post-recon is to stabilize the implants both laterally (from the side) and vertically (from the bottom). Some of us may need a bra that also does not allow the implants to move too much toward the center - the dreaded "uniboob." For most of us, though, the main goal is to find a bra that does NOT push the implants out to the side. I can't stress this enough! This is one of the leading reasons for revisions. This can be very difficult to find, especially in a non-wired bra. Be careful of any trim along the center edge of the cups, as even this can push the implants out. The best type of bra is an UNLINED one - yes, no lining or padding at all - because these can interfere with optimal positioning of the implants. Here's the clincher: ideally the band should be extremely tight and the straps pulled as tightly as possible so there is no "vertical play" in the implants. We Americans are all about comfort, and we wear our bras far looser than our European friends! You should initially be "aware" that you are wearing a bra, which is a nice way of saying its going to be snug :). In fitting an underwire bra, be especially careful that the wire completely encapsulates the implants, especially on the outside. The wires should sit just on the outside edge of the implant (under your arm). In the center, be careful that the wires sit slightly AWAY from your chest and don't touch the implants, which could push them to the outside. If the center wires push into the sternum (a common complaint), the cup is too full. If the wires sit more than about 1/4" away from the sternum, the cup is too small. Our upper-pole fullness depends on our implant style. Some bra brands tend to run fuller in the cup than others. The idea is to keep the implants contained in the proper position on the chest wall, and most importantly, to keep them from migrating laterally or medially on the chest wall. If you engage in high-impact exercise (running, aerobics, etc.) the same instructions apply, plus one more: the implants should be held snuggly against the chest with NO BOUNCE! This may require two sports bras - one for encapsulation and one for compression - but it'll be worth it in the end.



Some of our "Bras 101" favorite brands are:

Freya, Fantasie, Chantelle, Marena, Wacoal, Anita, Goddess, and Soma.

Good luck! And remember - this is just ONE point of view!

Some of our favorite bra websites:

http://www.herroom.com/

www.barenecessities.com/

www.biggerbras.com

shop.nordstrom.com/ 

www.brasmyth.com

Thanks for stopping by and checking out our thread!  Hugs!

ValCool

bmx w/ TE's 1/21/09; recon completed 7/9/10. "We must see all scars as beauty, okay?...A scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I SURVIVED!" (excerpted from "Little Bee" by Chris Cleave) Dx 12/19/2008, ILC, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
Log in to post a reply

Page 182 of 183 (5,464 results)

Posts 5431 - 5460 (5,464 total)

Log in to post a reply

Jan 25, 2019 07:36PM TessaW wrote:

the placement and size of my implants don't seem to be supported by bras.

They are very round and widely spaced.

So I haven't worn a bra even though the plastic surgeon suggested it because without being able to fit one there isn't any point.

I wish they were more natural-looking and closer together as well as higher up on my chest.

Surgery tumor removal from scar tissue, May 2018, lung sugery Nov 2018 Dx 9/2013, IDC, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/7/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy 1/17/2014 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 3/24/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 4/10/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole), Femara (letrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone), Zoladex (goserelin) Hormonal Therapy
Log in to post a reply

Jan 25, 2019 09:41PM MinusTwo wrote:

Tessa - If you have a Nordstrom's anywhere close, they have bra fitters who are especially trained to fit breast cancer & reconstruction patients. Call and make an appointment.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
Log in to post a reply

Jan 26, 2019 12:32AM Aussie-Cat wrote:

Tessa, I'm sorry that your implants didn't turn out the way you'd like. Maybe crop tops would fit you okay. There are some quite supportive ones and they tend to be less structured than other bras.

Diagnosed with nerve pain (post mastectomy pain syndrome) July 2018. Twin sister died of breast cancer May 2019. Surgery 6/19/2018 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right
Log in to post a reply

Jan 26, 2019 10:16AM Shoregirl wrote:

Tessa, the Nordstrom fitter is a great place to start, also Soma does fittings. Gravity does still take its toll with implants so a bra is important. If you are still unable to find a good fit would you consider having a revision being so unhappy with the placement of your implants? The implants could be moved closer together and higher. Fat grafting also helps them look and feel more natural and provides warmth.

Faith, Hope & Love, the greatest of these is Love 1st Cor 13:13 Dx 12/2/2016, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 1/26/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 4/24/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 11/28/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 12/3/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
Log in to post a reply

Jan 26, 2019 11:51AM Keepongoing wrote:

I like Bali comfort revolution bras . They are no wire and they come in small, medium, large sizing instead of numbers. I find them comfy. They have hook in back . I like the genie type bras that pull over or step into alsoand wear them and sports bras a lot. The Bali ones are good if you like the hook closure and they fit to your shape I feel

sherry." Don't stop believing " Dx 9/29/2015, DCIS/IDC/Paget's, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 11/10/2015 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 1/12/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
Log in to post a reply

Jan 26, 2019 03:25PM lala1 wrote:

I agree with the Bali. It's the 3488 I believe. My mastectomy was 6 years ago and this is still the ONLY bra I can wear. They also have a version that has adjustable straps and there is a version that isn't lined. I'm a UNI so I have to have the lined version. I love these bras and pray they never stop making them!


Mentor smooth round high profile memory gel implants 600cc (Left); Allergan 10 Moderate Profile 120cc (Right) ; Oncotype 15 Dx 11/27/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/13/2012 Mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 2/1/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 3/26/2013 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant Surgery 6/25/2014 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction Surgery 1/20/2015 Prophylactic ovary removal
Log in to post a reply

Jan 26, 2019 04:00PM Keepongoing wrote:

I live in a rural area and do not have big department store access . I too hope Bali keeps making this bra

sherry." Don't stop believing " Dx 9/29/2015, DCIS/IDC/Paget's, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 11/10/2015 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 1/12/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
Log in to post a reply

Jan 26, 2019 07:50PM MinusTwo wrote:

Do pay attention to what your PS recommends. Some are rabid about using underwire. Just as many are radical about NEVER using underwire.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
Log in to post a reply

Jan 26, 2019 08:12PM - edited Jan 26, 2019 08:13PM by Keepongoing

My PS is in the no underwire ever group. My pre -cancer bras fit me post surgerybut we're all underwire so I had to get rid of them.

sherry." Don't stop believing " Dx 9/29/2015, DCIS/IDC/Paget's, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 11/10/2015 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 1/12/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
Log in to post a reply

Jan 27, 2019 09:45AM Aussie-Cat wrote:

It's possible to remove underwire from bras and then keep using them, although they won't be as supportive afterwards. It sure beats getting rid of all your old bras if they work okay.

Diagnosed with nerve pain (post mastectomy pain syndrome) July 2018. Twin sister died of breast cancer May 2019. Surgery 6/19/2018 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right
Log in to post a reply

Sep 1, 2019 03:02PM Golden01 wrote:

I was diagnosed with BC back in 2011 so don't come here often anymore. I had a terrible time finding bras after my reconstruction surgeries and this thread was such a help to me. My implants are good-sized (750 cc) so even though the BS said I didn't need to sleep in a bra, I always have felt better wearing a bra at night. I wear underwire bras in the day and soft cup ones at night.

Recently, I bought a new "sleep bra" and absolutely love it so thought I'd share that is is from True and Co - trueandco.com. The one I ordered is the "True Body Lift Scoop New Full Cup Bra". The size chart they provide gave me a perfect fit.

Mucinous Carcinoma, Hypercellular Variant; Oncotype DX 27, Dx 7/8/2011, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 7/20/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
Log in to post a reply

Sep 30, 2019 01:20PM SuQu31 wrote:

I'm not sure whether to reply to this thread because it doesn't seem very active any more, but here goes. (I am trying to read every post in hopes of something helpful, but that's going to take a while).

I'm delighted to have completed my exchange surgery and I've been told to find a bra and start wearing it. I'm only a little over two weeks out, but I have almost no swelling and they said the size should not change. I'm very pleased with the way my breasts look and I want to keep them looking good. My PS wants me to wear underwire. I need to be wearing it 24/7. I can't find anything to fit correctly. I'm incredibly frustrated. Beyond frustrated.

Just so you know what I've done so far: I've been shopping four times, fitted two different times, tried on approximately 75 to 100 bras and purchased 7. Every bra I have purchased has been "okayed" for proper fit and support by someone who supposedly knows about such things. Both fitters came up with the same size(s). I'm about 2 hours away from the closest Nordstrom. I was fitted at Soma, and I've also shopped at Belk (where I was fitted into Wacoal during their "fit for a cure") and then purchased 2 Natori bras at a different Belk yesterday. I feel confident that I've picked up on what I need to be looking for, fit-wise (and yes, I was wearing the wrong size before). At this point, I'm willing to pay whatever is necessary to get a good-fitting bra.

Here's the issue. The bras seem fine in the store. The underwire seems to be in the right place, doing its thing. When I wear the bras, after about an hour (maybe less), I have a dent from the underwire on the underneath and cleavage side of one breast. It's the smaller of the two breasts - go figure. It seems as if I don't have enough room between my breasts. I don't feel any pain, but I do not want to damage the implant. I went up a size yesterday to see if I could get more room in the cup. I figured it might be a little too loose, but right now I'm not wearing an underwire bra like I'm supposed to be doing, so anything seemed preferable. I got home, relieved to have found something, and ….same problem.

I'm allowed to choose a non-wired bra, but I can't seem to find one with the proper support and fit that does not push down on the top of my breast where I had fat grafting. I have a bra that I wore while I had tissue expanders - it does not have enough support, but right now, it's all I have. I almost miss those terrible TEs - at least I didn't have to worry about gravity!

With all the problems people have on this board, I realize how fortunate I am. However, I have made it through everything and I'm ready to move forward, and now this. I was not expecting it to be such a problem, so that makes it even worse. I am not a quitter - I will keep trying on bras until I find something. However, I almost burst into sloppy tears in the middle of the store - I haven't burst into sloppy tears in public during any of this process.

Can anyone suggest something for me?

Re-excision for close anterior margin 10 days after BMX. Dx 10/31/2018, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Dx 12/10/2018, DCIS, Left, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 12/10/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Latissimus dorsi flap; Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap Surgery 12/20/2018 Surgery 9/13/2019 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant
Log in to post a reply

Sep 30, 2019 11:23PM MinusTwo wrote:

SuQu - so sorry for your frustrating search. My PS said I'd never have to wear a bra again if I didn't want to. Funny how some say absolutely NO underwire and yours has said ONLY underwire. I agree, you don't want wires pressing into your implants. Maybe try a good sturdy bra w/o underwire for now since you're only 2 weeks out. The swelling does change for up to 6 months as the implants " drop & fluff", so don't spend your retirement fund on bras now.

I wore only sports bras until I ended up with breast & truncal lymphadema. Now I wear a compression bra 24/7. It's probably not heavy duty enough to suit your PS.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
Log in to post a reply

Oct 1, 2019 12:34AM SuQu31 wrote:

Minus Two - thanks so much for your response (and I love your name). I agree that it is amazing how each PS seems so different in their approach. My PS prefers underwire, but I can wear one without underwire if I can't tolerate the wire. Since I still have some sutures under my breasts, I'm going to look for a bra without wires that still has good support. So far, I have not had luck finding one that fit well and also had good support. I'm trying to find the delicate balance of pushing my breasts toward the center, but not too much, when I already don't have much space between them. Maybe as the swelling goes down, I will find something with wire that fits better than what I have now.

I really can't completely understand or explain why this has frustrated and upset me so much. It's embarrassing. I realize I am very fortunate compared to so many. But in my mind, once the exchange surgery was over, I would heal, slap on a new bra, and go back to my old life with perkier breasts. This is just a bump in the road, but I am so sick and tired of bumps in the road.

I've given myself a pep talk, and I already have plans to be at the store tomorrow morning when it opens, ready to spend however long is necessary to come away with at least one bra that fits and supports my new breasts.

Re-excision for close anterior margin 10 days after BMX. Dx 10/31/2018, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Dx 12/10/2018, DCIS, Left, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 12/10/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Latissimus dorsi flap; Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap Surgery 12/20/2018 Surgery 9/13/2019 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant
Log in to post a reply

Oct 1, 2019 05:34AM - edited Oct 1, 2019 10:08PM by Aussie-Cat

SuQu31, I had mastectomies without reconstruction but I thought I might still have some ideas for you that may help. Firstly, it sounds like if you can't find an underwire bra that won't dent your implants, it would be better to go for non-underwire (which you already seem to have worked out). I know that there are a lot of non-underwire supportive mastectomy bras (like Amoena or Anita brands) so even if you don't need the pockets, you may find them more suitable. Also, I've heard that implants are wider than regular breasts and so some brands make bras more suited to that than regular bras. I wonder if someone else might have more specific suggestions of that for you.

I also want to say that your frustration is understandable and after so many challenges, it's not surprising that you're finding this stage really difficult. I didn't realise some of the challenges I would be faced with after surgery too. Please be kind to yourself about your understandable feelings. I really hope you find some good bras soon!!

Diagnosed with nerve pain (post mastectomy pain syndrome) July 2018. Twin sister died of breast cancer May 2019. Surgery 6/19/2018 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right
Log in to post a reply

Oct 1, 2019 09:51AM SuQu31 wrote:

Aussie-Cat,

Thanks so much for responding, for the suggestion and the brand names. I will look for those today. My PS's office just called and gave me some info about a business/shop that works with breast cancer patients and does custom bras. Hopefully I can find something less expensive, but it's good to know that is an option for me.

Thank you also for the support. I am so grateful for the people in this community who provide information, hope and virtual hugs for so many.



Re-excision for close anterior margin 10 days after BMX. Dx 10/31/2018, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Dx 12/10/2018, DCIS, Left, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 12/10/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Latissimus dorsi flap; Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap Surgery 12/20/2018 Surgery 9/13/2019 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant
Log in to post a reply

Jan 19, 2020 09:41PM LiveLoveLaugh2020 wrote:

Is there anyone who had fat grafting that was given a compression bra and told to wear it 24/7 for six weeks? I see there are so many different recommendations from different PS's.

DCIS Dx @ 34 - Bil NSM 09/2019 - Bil implant exchange with FG 01/2020.
Log in to post a reply

Jan 20, 2020 12:37AM MinusTwo wrote:

And that's the rub. Each PS has their own favored recommendation post surgeries. I hope someone who has had fat grafting responds.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
Log in to post a reply

Jan 20, 2020 11:25AM LiveLoveLaugh2020 wrote:

I can see, each one is so different. So confusing!

DCIS Dx @ 34 - Bil NSM 09/2019 - Bil implant exchange with FG 01/2020.
Log in to post a reply

Jan 20, 2020 11:49AM SimoneRC wrote:

LiveLoveLaugh2020,

I have had fat grafting 2 times. The first time it was at the same time as the exchange surgery. The second time, I had pocket revision surgery on one side as well. Which each of my 4 breast surgeries, two of which included fat grafting, he wanted me in a post surgical bra for 4 - 6 weeks. After a few weeks, I was told I could also wear a soft, supportive, front zip exercise bra as well. I ordered a few Jockey brand ones from Amazon. I also accumulated 4 post surgical bras, which I still sleep in.

ATM Gene Mutation, Deletion. IDC w/Lobular Features and Focal Mucinous Features. Pre Pectoral Reconstruction. Hysterectomy
Log in to post a reply

Jan 20, 2020 12:15PM - edited Jan 20, 2020 12:16PM by LiveLoveLaugh2020

Simone thanks for your response. When you say post surgical bra was it the MX bra or compression bra? I don't see the PS for a couple more weeks but the NP said compression 24/7 and that I could switch into the MX bra here and there so I'll see what he says. How did your FG take? Did you have good results? My PS wasn't able to get a lot of fat so I know I'll be needing another round. I hope that's it after that.

DCIS Dx @ 34 - Bil NSM 09/2019 - Bil implant exchange with FG 01/2020.
Log in to post a reply

Mar 7, 2020 04:32PM MinusTwo wrote:

bumping this to the top for Scoop

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
Log in to post a reply

Mar 8, 2020 06:35PM - edited Mar 11, 2020 08:15PM by Magari

Since my incisions were in the crease under my breasts, my surgeon said no underwire for a while post-surgery. I got the okay to switch to underwire and went to Nordstrom for a fitting.

My saleswoman was a survivor herself, and she was great. I asked her to bring me some pretty bras, and she chose about 15 from various brands, in different styles. She then brought me more styles that were similar to ones that worked for me; I probably tried about 25 total.

It turned out that Natori was the best fit for me. I bought a few at Nordstrom, and several more from Nordstromrack.com Not everything I ordered online worked for me, but at less than $30 each and with the ability to return to my local Rack, it was a great way to rebuild my "wardrobe" without spending insane amounts of money.

I also got a couple of styles from Skarlett Blue. Super pretty, sexy European styling at relatively reasonable prices. From Nordstromrack.com, they were only about $25 each.

It's a joy to be wearing something less "industrial" looking!

Diagnosed at 54; Bilateral mastectomy with DTI reconstruction 10/16/17; Revision surgery to switch implants 7/19/19; Cold capped during chemo - TCHP 11/26/17 Dx 9/1/2017, DCIS/IDC, Both breasts, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Hormonal Therapy 6/3/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 8/16/2019 Aromasin (exemestane) Hormonal Therapy 9/16/2019 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 1/14/2020 Arimidex (anastrozole)
Log in to post a reply

Jun 29, 2020 01:00PM - edited Jun 29, 2020 01:00PM by DaisyAnn

I have been searching for a great post surgical bra for years! I finally found one. Jockey's Forever Fit! This bra is so comfortable. The sides are a bit higher so no overflow. There are two models one without padding and one with padding. I prefer the bra without padding. I highly recommend this bra.

BM(x) Dx 2/14/2008, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/1/2012 Lumpectomy: Right Dx 3/2/2012, IDC, <1cm, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 5/13/2012 Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/24/2012
Log in to post a reply

Jun 29, 2020 10:13PM MinusTwo wrote:

Great to see a new recommendation

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
Log in to post a reply

Aug 19, 2020 02:56AM annachinn wrote:

i am a true fan of bali intimates since years , love you link i'll buu this for sure yesterday i bought bali 3488 bra from ustradeent dot com

Log in to post a reply

Sep 2, 2020 09:21PM Lostchick wrote:

I'm so happy to be here! Honestly. I think (hope) I'm done with all of the surgeries! And hope to keep it that way. That said, I had my exchange surgery 8 days ago and feel great! I had my follow up this morning and was told I could ditch the surgical bra but would do best with a push up bra to help keep the new foobs where they need to be. I HATE bras. Like before all of this happened, I lived in sports bras and camis. I bought a push up bra. Wore it for about 45 minutes and then put my surgical bra back on :(. I even bought a wire free push up bra but I hate the feeling of the push up bra. I feel like my foobs are going to fall out of the top of them. Anyone know of a good, soft, wire free FULL COVERAGE push up bra? Anything out there have the feel of a sports bra without compressing and making my new ones fall into my armpits? I'm welcome to any recommendations. I feel lost because I'm such a bra noob.

Dx 2/20/2020, ILC, Right, ER+ Surgery 5/11/2020 Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 5/12/2020, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+
Log in to post a reply

Sep 3, 2020 08:34PM - edited Sep 3, 2020 08:35PM by VegGal

No specific advice here, but know that the sensation will be wonky for several, if not many weeks. You are doing a lot of healing. If the surgi bra feels good, wear it! I would normally suggest that you get professionally fitted for a bra in a few weeks, but with covid, that may not sound appealing.

Hopefully someone else will come along with more specific suggestions.

Dx 1/12/2016, DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 3/11/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 6/10/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 9/8/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant
Log in to post a reply

Sep 3, 2020 09:28PM lala1 wrote:

Lostchick---I don't know if your doctors will allow it but I wear the Bali 3488 exclusively. It's not underwire but it fits like a sports bra but with hooks in the back so you don't have to pull it over your head. I even wear it in the gym working out because I don't flop around in it. I can push my boobs up and they pretty much stay in place. It's not sexy but may be the most comfortable bra I've ever worn. If I need low cut, I wear the Warner Cloud 9 wirefree contour bra. Second most comfortable! My PS never made me wear underwire. He said once I healed up from exchange surgery to wear whatever I wanted. I'm 7 years out and my foob still looks as good as my boob!

Mentor smooth round high profile memory gel implants 600cc (Left); Allergan 10 Moderate Profile 120cc (Right) ; Oncotype 15 Dx 11/27/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/13/2012 Mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 2/1/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 3/26/2013 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant Surgery 6/25/2014 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction Surgery 1/20/2015 Prophylactic ovary removal
Log in to post a reply

Sep 3, 2020 10:23PM Ibis wrote:

As above, I also wear Bali Women’s Comfort Revolution 3488 daily. Nordstrom’s fitted me with Wacosl 852189, but I like the Bali better. I don’t know about push up, but it’s very supportive and comfortable.

Page 182 of 183 (5,464 results)