It can be more comfortable to wear a bra to bed for a while afterwards, but make sure it is a soft one, not underwired, and that is high enough at the edges to avoid any SNB scar.
Once your dressings come off, you may want to continue wearing a crop top/sports bra for a while, I know I did, as a "security blanket" to remind me that it was all still a bit tender.
Good luck x
I certainly found it more comfortable to wear a bra 24/7 after the WLE and SNB (and the re-exciions)
I was told to wear one for as long as needed and especially the first couple of weeks. So I did for about a fortnight at night till it was comfy to do without
I wore soft bralet/crop tops always as the SNB scar was right where a bra edge would be so they came over it and did not rub as my bras did(that took 5-6 weeks). ALso the crop tops do not have seams over the nipple area which is where my WLE scar is (it took about 4 weeks to wear a bra with seams after the re-excisions)
I have now given up on bras with wires as they seem to pinch the SNB scar still
@Sarise Some wards supply post-surgery bras; some WLEs (which is what it sounds like you're having, if wired) don't require anything special. I also didn't need a special bra or bra-wearing after my SLNBs (I'm guessing that's why you're radioactive!). Good luck with your op!
I had a lumpectomy in October and I was told to wear a sports type bra day and night for a fortnight. I must admit that I moved to a stretchy comfort (no fastenings) bra at night for the last few days with no ill effects.
Hi @Duracell: I was also told to wear mine all day (except when showering/bathing, of course, so she said "23 hours per day"). Yesterday, my BCN gave me the okay to stop sleeping in it and transition to regular non-underwire bras -- and I'm exactly 5 weeks post-surgery (mastectomy with immediate reconstruction using prepectoral implant). As Melanie said, best to check with your team.
I was told to wear a bra day and night for 4 weeks but I suppose it depends on the surgery you had. If I was you I would speak to your specialist nurse.
Hi Duracell, I was told to wear mine 24 hours per day. My op was 6 weeks ago and I still am, it comes off for about an hour each morning while I wash and to change it. Asked my surgeon last week if I could start sleeping without it and she said no I still need it. Best ask your Breast Care Nurse or surgeon as I guess it depends what surgery you’ve had. Stay strong xx Melanie
Hi Duracell (love the name!)
No-one told me to, but it felt more comfortable. then when i asked my bc nurse if it was OK to do so she said "oh yes". I think it gives helpful support in bed - mine was a post-op sports bra.
Good luck. x