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How to Choose Post Mastectomy Swimwear


Recovery after breast cancer treatment is often more than just a physical recovery, there's a psychological element as well. Things as simple as going swimming at a public pool become more complicated. Some women find it challenging to wear swimwear again, but post mastectomy swimwear is designed to make you more comfortable.

Common Design Features

Swimming is a fantastic form of exercise and should be an option for every woman. Listed below are some of the common features of post mastectomy swimwear that are designed to make you feel comfortable.

  • Breast pockets work to keep prosthetic breasts in place.
  • Removable soft cups are designed to smooth natural breasts. These can be removed and breast forms can be inserted in their place.
  • Adjustable straps allow you to balance the inserts and keep breasts symmetrical.
  • Swimsuits that fit snugly help to keep your natural breast and the prosthesis firmly in place against the chest.
  • High arm openings, wide straps, and a high neckline hide potential scarring.
  • Choose between more or less coverage depending on your scarring and preference.
  • Tummy control features firm and flatten the belly.

Types of Inserts

Most women who have undergone mastectomy surgery feel more comfortable wearing a prosthetic breast insert. The inserts are generally inserted into the attached breast pockets on the inside of the bathing suit. There are several types of inserts to choose from:

  • Silicone prosthesis: These are the most popular swim insert pad for post mastectomy women.
  • Foam breast pads: Some women prefer these lightweight non-silicone inserts.

Choose the breast pad that is most comfortable for you. Keep in mind that in water, the inserts may absorb some water and become slightly enlarged.

Insert Sizing

When purchasing a post-mastectomy form pad, make sure to check the size of the insert. Some inserts are measured by cup size and others by small, medium, and large — it depends on the brand. Consult a size chart before purchasing an insert.

Swimwear Styles

Post mastectomy swimwear has a wide assortment of styles to choose from. One-piece suits and tankini sets are the most popular styles. The advantages to each of these are:

  • One-piece bathing suits provide full coverage and support.
  • Tankini sets allow more freedom than a one-piece and are more concealing than a bikini.

Most post mastectomy suits feature removable cups, tummy control, and adjustable straps; regardless of their style.

Live Your Life

There are numerous options to choose from in post mastectomy swimwear. As with many things in life, you should put a premium on comfort when choosing a swimsuit. So find the right swimsuit for you and let the healing begin.

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Pat
6 months ago.
Has any one found a one piece swim suit size 18 that does not need prothesis or padding and will not leave a gap where my breasts used to be?
Janet weaver
7 months ago.
Bathing suits with a side opening insert are so much better than a top opening. The inserts work their way out of the top opening and it is very embarrassing . Also annoying trying to keep them in place. I wish manufacturers would take note and make as many styles as possible with side opening insert. Also note in info whether it is top or side opening.
Janet weaver
7 months ago.
Bathing suits with a side opening insert are so much better than a top opening. The inserts work their way out of the top opening and it is very embarrassing . Also annoying trying to keep them in place. I wish manufacturers would take note and make as many styles as possible with side opening insert. Also note in info whether it is top or side opening.
Laura F.
9 months ago.
how long shld i wear a suit with breast inserts if i plan to have a reconstruction without causing diifficulty and affecting my future sugery and i have purchased silicone inserts
SwimOutlet.com
9 months ago.
Hi Laura,

I would think that you should be able to wear your inserts until you have your surgery. They should last you a long time and should not affect your future surgery in any way. I would recommend that you double check with your doctor as well. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Have a wonderful day!
Laura F
9 months ago.
I have read a lot of info and i'm still unsure what size suit I should get my silicone breast form is a size 12. I am a plus size was a size 20 and had gotten to a size 16 from excercise then I had my surgery. I think I should purchase a size 18 but if a start back my exercise i know i will lose weight. I purchased breast forms from TLC and I'am looking at their swim suits.
Joe
10 months ago.
I am trying to buy new bikinis for my wife as a surprise. She had a double mastectomy and had reconstruction at the same time. Her cup size has increased but it is the support style I would like advice on. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Swimoutlet.com
10 months ago.
Hi Joe,

If you're looking for a suit that gives good bust support, then you would want to get one that has a soft cup bra. Below is a link to those suits. I hope you find one that you or your wife likes. Let us know if you have any other questions. Have a wonderful day!

http://www.swimoutlet.com/SearchResults.asp?Search=soft cups &Search.x=0&Search.y=0&UserSearch=Yes&checkRealSearchInput=Y
Cher Southwell Wise
1 year ago.
can regular prosthesis be used in pools with chlorine? or does it have to be made of a different material?
confused... thanks
SwimOutlet.com
1 year ago.
Hi Cher,

Some manufacturers do advise that you would be able to use a prosthesis in a chlorinated pool depending on the material and how well you take care of it. But they do recommend getting a swimming specific one. I believe a fiber-filled form or silicone one would be okay to use as long as you make sure to take care of it well after each use. I would suggest speaking with your doctor though on this. I hope this information is helpful. Let us know if you have any further questions. Have a wonderful day!
marjorie bednarek
1 year ago.
Can the post mastectomy swimsuits be worn in the water WITHOUT a breast insert? Is there any padding already sewn into the swimwear to form the breast area or does padding have to be inserted? I would prefer not to wear something that will absorb water while taking water exercise. Any help appreciated. Thanks.
SwimOutlet.com
1 year ago.
Hi Majorie,

Yes, you can wear it without an insert but it may not be even. Most of the post mastectomy suits have a shelf bra and/or soft cups as well. I hope this information is helpful. Let us know if you have any further questions. Have a wonderful day!
Elaine Terrien
1 year ago.
where can I purchase the insert for the bathing suit
SwimOutlet.com
1 year ago.
Hey Elanie -

We have various silicone inserts on our website, but here is one option: http://www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/29823.htm?color=27223

Hope this helps!

Thanks,
SwimOutlet.com
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