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Why wear a compression bra after surgery?

After undergoing a mastectomy, you need proper post-operative care. One important part of this care is wearing a compression bra after surgery.

Why wear a compression bra after surgery?

If you’re wondering why wear a compression bra after surgery, here’s why: it can help you during your recovery:

  1. Minimising swelling and oedema - One of the main reasons to wear a compression bra is to minimise post-operative swelling and oedema. After surgery, the body's natural response is to increase blood flow to the affected area, which leads to swelling. A compression bra applies gentle, consistent pressure, which helps reduce fluid buildup and inflammation. This helps with healing and a more comfortable recovery.
  2. Providing support and comfort - After breast surgery, you need support. A compression bra is designed to offer this. Moreover, a compression bra minimises movement, reducing discomfort and pain. This can really help in the early stages of recovery.
  3. Promoting circulation - Wearing a compression bra can also aid in promoting better blood circulation. Improved circulation is important for the healing process and helps reduce the risk of complications, like blood clots. Proper blood flow delivers essential nutrients and oxygen which helps with healing and minimises the risk of infection.
  4. Reducing scar tissue formation - Compression bras can help in reducing the amount of scar tissue. The gentle pressure they exert on the surgical area can help flatten and soften scars, making them less noticeable over time.
  5. Enhancing overall comfort - Comfort is so important during the post-surgery recovery period. Compression bras are designed with comfort in mind, using breathable and hypoallergenic materials that minimise irritation. By providing a secure, comfortable fit, compression bras make the recovery process more manageable.

Wearing a compression bra after surgery is more than just a recommendation; it’s an essential part of a successful recovery. These help to reduce swelling, provide support, promote circulation, minimise scar tissue formation and with your overall comfort. Be sure to consult with your surgeon or healthcare provider for guidance on choosing the right compression bra to support your needs after surgery.