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10 Tips for Choosing Swimwear After a Mastectomy

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Following a mastectomy, finding swimwear is the biggest wardrobe challenge for many women. The search for the perfect suit is already difficult for most even before having surgery; looking for a flattering cut that also hides scars and accommodates prostheses makes the hunt even trickier. Luckily, most women find that they can score post-mastectomy swimwear that’s beach-ready if they pay close attention to a few particular features. Here are a few recommendations for choosing the right swimwear after a mastectomy.

10. Pocketed Swimwear

Women who opt for prostheses have several options for swimsuit styles when summer rolls around. Stores that specialize in prostheses sell mastectomy swimsuits designed to hold prosthetic breast forms, with notable brand options such as Amoena and It Figures. Swimsuits with removable cups or built-in pockets for padding also work, depending on your size and chosen style of breast form. Finally, swimwear shops can often sew a pocket into a suit at your request. If you’re also shopping for prostheses, check out prosthetic swim forms, which are lighter and don’t absorb water like some foam forms.

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9. Molded Cups

Molded cups offer a smooth silhouette, which can help women even out differences between breast shapes, and also help camouflage breast forms. As an added bonus, the thick material completely covers nipples, giving a symmetrical look.

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8. Separate Tops

Wearing separate tops and bottoms instead of a one-piece suit lets you mix and match for greater flexibility in sizing and styles. If you opt for breast forms, a tight-fitting top can help keep them in place and prevent shifting. Mixing tops and bottoms also liberates you to make bold color pairings or create multiple looks from just a few sets.

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