Proper support, exercise and apparel after breast surgery

Breast cancer awareness was a big focus last month. Part of the struggle many women face all year, whether recovering from a mastectomy, lumpectomy or non-malignancy-related surgical procedure related to the breasts, is finding supportive, post-surgical apparel. A close runner-up is engaging in appropriate, restorative physical activities. We asked Brad Bengtson*, MD, FACS, of the Bengtson Center For Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for his advice:
“Patients undergoing breast reconstruction following a mastectomy for breast cancer, breast revision, or breast-reduction surgery often experience more trauma to the breast and chest than those patients that undergo elective breast-augmentation surgery. Thus, post-surgical bras—and the support they provide—are even more critical to such patients. In contrast to breast-augmentation patients (where we like to see them go to dinner and see a movie or a game the night of surgery), patients having gone through more complex surgeries should keep their chest muscles quiet and very well supported. I caution my patients to wait for a specified number of weeks (which will vary by patient) before performing any sort of chest-focused exercise or other activity that causes significant—even moderate—bouncing.”
If you are researching a sports bra or support bra for such a purpose, please be sure to ask your own doctor or other qualified healthcare professional what is best for you. We are happy to make information about the Shefit™ Sports Bra available for those conducting such research.