Compression Bra Options and Uses
Most women don’t know anything about compression bras until they are faced with surgery. Compression bras are designed and made to be as comfortable as possible, very convenient to put on and take off, and they even give you good shape and support. The fact is that many women who use a compression bra after breast augmentation surgery find that they like to wear it even after they have completely recovered from their surgery.
Types of Surgery
There are a few types of surgery that women can have which change the way the breasts lie on the body. These are called breast augmentation surgery, and that includes breast reductions, breast implants, and breast reconstruction, including for women who have breast reconstruction after mastectomy. All of these procedures will leave a woman with stitches that need to be cared for, and one of the best ways to help the healing process is to provide pressure and support, while keeping the breasts secure and comfortable.
Compression bras are designed specifically to do all those things. They are very supportive, providing pressure to keep the breasts from moving and irritating stitches or healing wounds. And they are comfortable and keep the breasts just where you want them to be. A compression bra that is well designed and well made is going to be both comfortable and comforting to the patient, and will provide a flattering shape so that you don’t feel like you look awkward after your surgery.
Like a Normal Bra - With Benefits
Most compression bras are similar to a regular bra, but provide additional support and cozy compression. Many have the same shape, but have wider, more comfortable straps that are also adjustable. That adjustability helps to ensure a perfect fit. They are also often opened and closed in the front, so that it’s easy for you to take the bra on and off. After surgery, you probably won’t want to do a lot of stretching and reaching. Plus, the front opening allows your doctor to easily check on your healing and ensure that things are going as expected.
Many styles of compression bra are also designed specifically with post-surgical comfort in mind. Therefore they often have a wide strap below the breasts to provide maximum support, and both the sides and back are also wide for comfort and support.
More Supportive and Extensive Options
There are also compression bra styles that are more like a sports bra, with even more coverage. Some are designed to provide pressure on the upper chest, so that the breasts don’t move at all and are strapped down in place. There are some compression bras that look more like a halter top. And there are even compression bras that have sleeves, which help provide compression after arm lift surgery or liposuction.
Talk to your doctor about what style of compression bra will be best for you, depending on the surgery and recovery you will experience. You are sure to find a compression bra that is comfortable and helpful.