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What is a compression bra?

Compression bras are an important part of post-operative care and recovery after a mastectomy. These specialised bras give you support and comfort, aiding in the healing process.

Understanding compression bras

A compression bra is designed to provide controlled pressure and support to the breasts and chest area. They’re usually recommended by surgeons or healthcare professionals for patients who have had breast surgery. These bras are different from regular bras in their construction, materials, and the level of compression they provide.

Functions of compression bras

Compression bras are used for post-surgery recovery, usually after a mastectomy. There are several different functions that compression bras are used for, including:

  • Reducing swelling - after breast surgery, swelling and inflammation are common side effects. Compression bras apply gentle pressure, helping to minimise swelling and promote faster healing.
  • Providing support - the specialised design of compression bras means that there’s enough support for the surgical area.
  • Minimising discomfort - it can feel uncomfortable after surgery, but compression bras aim to alleviate pain and minimise movement or friction that might cause soreness.
  • Promoting irculation - compression bras help to improve blood circulation, which canhelp the healing process and reduce the risk of complications like blood clots.

Choosing the right compression bra

Selecting the appropriate compression bra is an important part of recovery. When you’re choosing your bra, there are a few things to think about:

  • Consult with your surgeon - your surgeon or healthcare provider can offer recommendations based on your surgical procedure and individual needs.
  • Comfort and fit - choose a compression bra that fits snugly but is still comfortable. The right fit minimises any discomfort and ensures the compression’s working effectively.
  • Material -look for bras made from breathable, hypoallergenic materials that reduce the risk of skin irritation.
  • Adjustability - bras with adjustable straps and closures make it easier to get a personalised fit as your body changes during recovery.

Compression bras are a vital part of the post-surgery recovery process, two sports bras cannot do the same job as a compression bra. They play an important role in reducing swelling, providing support and promoting overall healing after surgery.

When choosing a compression bra, speak to your surgeon or healthcare provider to ensure it is tailored to your needs and comfort. With the right compression bra, you can have a more comfortable recovery journey.