If you are having a mastectomy with reconstruction, you will most likely receive a prescription for a front closing compression bra. Depending on the surgery, you may also require and abdominal binder (DIEP surgery).
Why compression, can I just wear my sports bra? No. You need compression to help with healing. A medical grade compression bra is the correct type of bra to help with healing. Compression helps with blood flow, lymph flow, and reducing swelling and bruising.
A sports bra cannot do this, that is why you need compression.
At the Unexpected Gift we carry 2 choices of compression bras (Amoena and Marena). The one that is the most comfortable, is the right one for you. It is important to try them on and ensure proper fit, you must wear this bra for 4-6 weeks, 24 hours a day, so it needs to be comfortable, and it needs to serve its purpose.
The abdominal binder is also a compression garment. The store stocks a dual flap binder as well as the single flap binders. The surgeons at the hospital like the dual flap binders, so that is why I carry them!
In most situations, the surgery will leave you with drains at the incision sights. Ask me about a drain pouch for your compression bra, it is the best $11 you will spend. Honestly, it is.