Post-mastectomy can be quite challenging to any woman. Coping with an altered body condition, is emotionally and physically challenging.
Painful physical changes such as pain and scarring may change over time, but the emotional feeling that a woman cannot be the same as she was before is a difficult situation to deal with. Some of the alternatives that a woman can use to adapt after mastectomy surgery are discussed in this article.
What are Mastectomy Garments?
Many women, after a mastectomy surgery are surprised to see their old clothes not fitting them anymore. They find the neck lines to be changed and new clothes may be necessary that will fit the asymmetrical and sunken chest. The post operative scars are even more painful and it may be extremely painful to try fitting in the regular apparel. Hence, for a woman to feel normal after a mastectomy, a prosthesis may be required. It is suggested by Allison Carney that a prosthesis can give the body balance. A wide range of prosthesis, bras, swimwear, camisoles, and sleep wears are available in the markets as mastectomy garments.
A post-mastectomy prosthesis is generally made up of silicone that conforms to the shape of the breast and can be placed in the pocket-area of the bra. They are available in a variety of sizes and shades. It may be an expensive option that many insurances do not cover. It is better to discuss with the physician or the patient counselor about this.
Camisoles are post mastectomy garments that come with a light layer that can hold the drains. These slots are usually placed near the incisions. Even after the drains are removed, the camisoles can be used as regular apparel below a normal dress to conceal the scars.
Mastectomy bras come with pocket to accommodate the forms. You can buy one according to your need. It may be necessary to hire a fitter to stitch the mastectomy bra for a comfortable fit.
High Neckline Dresses and Bold Prints:
Buying a dress with a high neck line and bold prints can easily mask the asymmetrical body shape. Choosing dark colors like black can also help in distracting from the body shape. Similarly, a number of options such as tank tops, tankini, and light sleepwear are available in the market that can help women undergoing mastectomy to adjust to the changes.
Choosing natural fabrics can be very helpful, especially for patients undergoing chemotherapy as they may have hot flushes. Hence, a light cotton or wool should be considered over polyester as they promote sweating. Similarly, choosing the right kind of accessories can distract attention from the area of focus. Garments with Velcro can be painful and, hence, should be avoided.
If a woman can carefully choose the right kind of mastectomy garments, she can go back into the world with confidence, feeling like herself again.
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