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Those who have had breast surgery or radiation therapy face an increased risk of developing Lymphedema, or perhaps may already suffer from the condition. Whether Lymphedema currently exists or if simply faced with a higher risk of later onset, selecting the proper compression bra to fit your needs is very important. (read more)
Breast cancer treatment oftentimes affects the way that a woman views herself and her body. In cases of negativity, these feelings may lead to low self-esteem and other emotional stress. Aside from the emotional aspects of dealing with breast cancer treatment, there are the health-related elements that must be considered.
Having treatment for breast cancer increases a person’s risk of later on developing Lymphedema. But by choosing and wearing an appropriate compression bra, it may help prevent the Lymphedema from getting worse, delay it’s onset or completely prevent the Lymphedema from occurring altogether. However, finding the "right" compression bra may be challenging because of changes in the shape and size of the breasts, as well as pain, discomfort, or swelling caused by breast cancer treatment or Lymphedema.
Most compression bras are designed to be functional and yet provide the element of "sexiness" which is essential to maintaining a positive outlook and sense of self-being. Having a nice-looking compression bra not only can help with the emotional side of dealing with breast cancer and Lymphedema, but buy ensuring that it is well-fitting it can make you feel better physically. Compression bras provide pressure and promote lymph flow to areas of the breast and trunk that are vulnerable to fluid accumulation. They typically feature a higher fit under the arms to provide compression to the armpit, wider shoulder straps to allow freer lymph flow and padding under the straps to relieve shoulder strain. Many compression bras are available to be used with swell spots and pads that are specially designed to provided targeted, localized pressure to afflicted areas.
As with any compression garment, a user should take care to protect their investment by using detergents that are specially formulated to help gently clean their compression bra, thereby helping to extend it’s life and effectiveness.