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Five Steps for Purchasing a Sports Bra After Breast Surgery
Date:5/13/2009

before or not - to find some activity they enjoy - and get out there and do it!"

So how can women who have had breast surgery find the best bra for their needs? Here are five simple tips from Esquilla and Amoena fit specialists.

  1. Remember that fit is everything! Many women find that their body changes considerably after surgery. Even if you have prostheses or implants that indicate one size, your bra size may vary depending on the style. Let a trained fit specialist measure you to find the best possible bra style and size.
  2. Find a comfortable bra. Even if the bra is your size, or appears to fit, if it isn't comfortable, chances are you won't keep up your exercise routine. Try on the bra, and then mimic some of the movements you might engage in during exercise. If it is uncomfortable in the fitting room, it will definitely not be comfortable when you are at your highest activity level.
  3. Ensure you feel confident in your bra. Wear your exercise attire to the fitting. If you bend over and "show a little more skin" than you want, consider buying a different style of clothing. You may also want to wear shirts that are more fitted around your waist so they won't ride up while exercising. "You don't want to feel self-conscious when you exercise," says Penni Pitre, a breast cancer survivor from Phoenix, AZ and a self-proclaimed jazzercise fanatic.
  4. Check for balance and symmetry across the chest - especially if you've had a full or partial mastectomy or lumpectomy. Wider shoulder straps are important to help balance the weight of your breasts and provide greater comfort. Pay special attention to the shoulder area. Make sure the bra isn't pulling or adding too much weight for your shoulders. And remember that if one breast is a different size, there are "symmetry shapers" that can help to ensure balance.
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