With summer in full swing, there’s no reason you should miss out on swimming just because you’ve had a mastectomy or another procedure. Today’s mastectomy swimsuits are built with comfort, durability, and style in mind- you just need to know what to look for. There’s more to it than just finding swimsuits with pockets.
Pretty much all mastectomy swimsuits have pockets for breast prostheses to be placed, but pay attention to how it fits. There are both silicone and non-silicone breast forms that can be used in a swimsuit. You can even use your everyday breast form, we just recommend that you wash it off after being in a pool. Sometimes the pockets may seem too large for your form, if so you can run a line of stitching at the bottom of the pocket to keep the form lifted.
Also, notice how the material feels. Is it soft and breathable for the sensitive skin on and around your breast? Usually, the best swimsuits have mesh or microfiber that line the pockets.
Choosing a swimsuit style
Depending on the kind of surgery you’ve had, some styles may be more challenging to deal with. Typically, tops with a high neckline and plenty of room for your arms are the safest bet. Your arms need to be free so that the swimsuit won’t pull on any scars. The high neckline is sure to keep your prostheses in place no matter what you’re doing.
You may try styles like the tankini, ruffled tankinis, and high-neck bikinis. You may want to consider a more ruffled look especially if you want to hide any asymmetry or problem areas of the breast. Ruffled suits can make your stomach appear flatter and give you that boost of confidence at the pool.
Adjustability is incredibly important if you want everything to stay in place. Different straps work for different bodies. Many women who’ve had a mastectomy or another breast cancer surgery find that adjustable racerback tops, halter tops, and simple over-the-shoulder straps work best. You’ll want to choose something that is easily adjustable so you don’t have to ask for help with your straps!
How to check for quality
You might be tempted to get the cutest swimsuit, but the quality is just as important. Here are some general guidelines for choosing something that is going to last:
- It’s made from a blend of polyester and elastane (also called Spandex and Lycra). Spandex, overall, is a great material for swimsuits.
- It’s UV-resistant
- It can withstand chlorine and saltwater
- There are double-stitched seams and no loose threads
- Well-made swimsuits with pockets will have somewhat of a thicker and fuller inner lining
- Look for a supplier that will measure your cup size with your prostheses on. We offer custom prostheses so that every top can fit your body perfectly!
With all the options you have for swimwear, there should be nothing stopping you from looking fabulous and having fun in the water this summer. Whether you decide on breast reconstruction, going flat, or using prostheses, every woman deserves to feel good in their body.