Thanks Delly. 😊 Yes it is hard but am also grateful as the alternative doesn't bare contemplating. So though I don't like my lopsidedness on show it is also my badge of courage reminding me what is really important and to live life to the full. Next year might be less obvious (though still there) as am planning reconstruction......but wired bras-never again-no need for the restriction!! Yeah!!! xxx
A heehee to your reply Waveylocks BUT seriously it's hard isn't it?? Can relate and I feel for you.
Ps. This must be the shortest reply I've ever sent !! but full of empathy tho' x
Haha Delly. 😊😊 without the under wires!!! Bra less is less appealing now I'm lopsided....lol. Xx
A jokey reply from me Waveylocks. When you say "without" - are you meaning without a bra full stop ?? or just meaning without "underwired".
Whichever, am wishing you well.
I was told no under wired bras. Full cup bras for the first year. Nothing was said about the band under the bra -couldn't do without the elasticated band as am large breasted!! Personally having experienced really comfy non wired pretty bras I wouldn't go back to the wired ones....much prefer without!! 😊
Hi Bondgirl - love the name. Which one do you liken yourself to?!
Yep I was also told to avoid underwired by breast care nurses and fitters. All said because they can irritate the area and if they dig in can restrict the circulation. I don't find them comfortable any more following surgery anyway.
Am very surprised by this thread - Surgeon, BCN and Lymphoedema Nurse at the RUH Bath Moving Forward day course all said - for everyday wear, no underwires, wide straps and underband, no seams across the cup. This is about minimising lymphoedema risk.
I had mx with recon implant and was told no under wired bras for first few weeks . I still haven't gone back to them 6 months later as I find they dig in and are uncomfortable. I have found the Tesco non wired padded bras to be the most comfortable and give a reasonable shape. I am only small busted 36B. Xx
I was told I could wear under wire bras 8 weeks post DIEP.in fact,it was 7,as so fed up with wearing mastectomy bras for a year...felt great!
Thanks everyone, think my surgeon is being over protective but will wear soft non wired daytime and sexy ones for going out xx
i was told by my surgeon that once healed that I could wear anytype of bra including underwired. I went for a bra fitting and was advised by the fitter that the underwired bra's actually cut into my breast flesh so it was best for me to avoid them. I do have a couple that I wear when I go out for a couple of hours but during the day and general day to day i wear soft comfortable bra's. I am big busted though so that might make a difference ie 38E/F .
I've not been advised against underwired bras, when I see my breastcare team I've already removed my bra anyway. Must admit I don't wear a bra all day at home - find it more comfortable that way.I have found the post-mastectomy bras with pockets feel very heavy on the side with the insert in, and I wear M&S memory foam ones for "going out". I shall certainly ask at my next checkup but I would have thought it was OK as long as it didn't "dig in" the wrong spot.
Best wishes, Poppyj
Hi Bondgirl, no - I've never been told not to wear them (mx and implant 2012) however I have days when wired bras are very uncomfortable. I found some lovely non wired bras online (not supposed to name names on here so message me if you want th details) which are so pretty as well as comfy.
i saw my surgeon this week which is almost 12 months after my second WLE and full auxiliary node clearance. He said I shouldn't be wearing under wired bras, I thought soft bras were only for after surgery not long term.
anyone else been told the same and given reason why - I forgot to ask him the reason why.