What to do while you wait for reconstruction…

 

What to do while you wait for reconstruction…

Waiting lists for breast reconstruction surgery can be long and there is no guarantee that you will have the surgery as scheduled. So many unexpected things can happen.

So what is a gal to do? You are feeling fine and you want to go out, get back to work or socialise. You just aren’t feeling very confident about your shape.

Guess what? You can wear a Bressanté breastform while you wait! Bressanté breastforms are soft, lightweight and comfortable. They are also fully adjustable so you can get the perfect fit whether you have had a lumpectomy or mastectomy. You can wear your existing wardrobe and you can get back to feeling like yourself really quickly. Whether it’s for a short time or a long time, wearing a Bressanté breastform is an option you should explore at www.shopprosthetics.com

Wardrobe Hacks After Mastectomy/Lumpectomy

Adapting your wardrobe after dealing with breast cancer can be challenging. Breast cancer treatment often leads to body changes such as weight loss or gain, loss of part or all of the breast or the loss of both breasts. As time goes by your body structure may shift and the way your muscles work will change. It’s a whole new world in terms of finding clothes that fit, flatter and make you feel good.

It is important to know that you don’t need to get rid of your existing wardrobe so don’t go and donate or throw away just yet. Here is a list of top 10 tips for adjusting your wardrobe to you can regain your confidence and feel like yourself again!

  1. Take some time to try things on; do this when you aren’t rushed or pressured. Have good lighting and a mirror available.
  2. Divide your clothes into 3 piles; Keep, Adjust or Repair & Say Goodbye
  3. The Keep and Adjust piles should be clothing that you really like, in fact only those outfits you can’t live without. Most of us have too much in our closets; now is a good time to discover the good and get rid of the clutter.
  4. Find a seamstress if you don’t sew. Even if you do sew a seamstress can guide you and help you identify what changes are needed to make a garment fit properly.
  5. Make sure your bra fits properly and your breast prosthesis restores symmetry and feels comfortable. Our Bressanté breast prostheses will do that for you because they are lightweight, soft and ADJUSTABLE. So important!
  6. Invite a friend with an eye for fashion to help you. Ask for his or her honest opinion about how an outfit looks. We are usually too critical about ourselves and the way we look. If the outfit doesn’t flatter or is uncomfortable you know what to do; say goodbye.
  7. With some minor alterations, your clothing can work for you. Consider where the garment is being worn and what you will be doing. Alterations may be different for evening wear as opposed to workout wear.
  8. Don’t sacrifice your personal style because you are self-conscious. There is probably a way to alter a favourite garment so you can enjoy wearing it again.
  9. Once you have purged, altered and feel good about your choices; buy something new. Outlet stores, second hand shops and swapping with friends are good ways to add something special to your wardrobe.
  10. Have fun dressing your new body. When you feel good about yourself it shows. Remember you have been through a lot. Be gentle and walk tall; you are awesome!

We have a pinterest page with FASHION INSPIRATION for women who have had a mastectomy. Check it out here and see some examples of what you will find below!

Benefits of Wearing a Bressanté breastform

Benefits of Wearing a Bressanté breastform:

  • No pain/complications that may be associated with reconstruction surgery; you will be super comfortable.
  • Clothing will fit better; symmetry is restored
  • You will look & feel more like yourself
  • You can use your existing wardrobe; less costly
  • A soft, lightweight Bressanté breastform will protect your sensitive chest.
  • Our breastforms are completely adjustable to get the perfect fit.

How long after a mastectomy/lumpectomy should I wait to wear a breastform?

This is a personal decision and is different for everyone. Women are often advised to wait 3 months after surgery before being fit with a breastform.

Most women need not wait that long. If your incision is well healed and you can comfortably wear a bra then you can be fit with a Bressanté breastform. Our breastforms are adjustable, lightweight and soft so it is perfectly safe to go for a personal fitting or to order your Bressante breastform online at www.shopprosthetics.com

Toronto Pop Up: A Huge Success

Our recent trip to Toronto was a great success. We met several groups of women that were really impressed with our prosthetics and were very enthusiastic about Bressante in general. 

Some of what our clients had to say:

“The Capri is so comfortable, that I won’t have to worry about my Christmas get-togethers this season!”

“I’ve been on a waiting list for reconstructive surgery for three years. Now that I’ve found the Capri, I’m off the list for good! Yay!”

“WHERE have you guys been hiding?? Women need to know about this!”

These comments energise us and we are going to continue spreading the word about how easy it is to be comfortable wearing a Bressante Capri breast form. 

Order yours online NOW!

Bressante Pop Up Fitting Event: Toronto

In our quest to provide access to Bressante breastforms, we have decided to expand our Pop-Up Fitting day activities. 

Look out Toronto, here we come!

If you are interested in having a personal consultation with Wendy, the founder of Bressante and creator of the Capri breastform, here is your chance. We will be in Toronto on November 29th and 30th at the Chelsea Hotel in the downtown area. We are taking registrations for appointment times. Don’t be shy! Come and see what all the buzz is about! We are looking forward to meeting you and helping you with all your prosthetic and fashion needs. 

Sign up Today!

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Bra Day in Toronto

We at Bressante know that it is important for those experiencing breast cancer and mastectomy to know the options available to them after breast surgery. Attending Bra Day Toronto is one of the ways to gain insight, knowledge and hear of first-hand experience from real women who have been through it all. We had a great time making connections and networking when we attended in 2015, and we are sure looking forward to the event again tonight! We hope to bring awareness to our fitting event happening in Toronto on November 29th and 30th where we will be fitting women with prosthetics and bras and providing education about our products. Please stay tuned for more info on this event soon, and enjoy Bra Day tonight, Toronto!

Questions and Answers with Lymphedema Expert Dr. Emily Iker

Interview with Lymphedema Expert Dr. Emily Iker

Dr. Emily Iker

Dr. Emily Iker is director of the Lymphedema Center in Santa Monica. She is a well regarded Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist focusing on the diagnosis, management and treatment of lymphatic disorders. 

 

Iker teaches and lectures annually, nationally and internationally, and is an instructor for Lymphedema Management courses. She is a member of the Scientific Committee for the 26th World Congress of Lymphology taking place in Barcelona, September 25 to 29, 2017 [http://www.lymphologycongress2017.com/]. Here she will lead the Lymphedema Management course as well as present several lectures on Lymphedema and Lipedema.

 

We interviewed Dr. Emily Iker over the phone.

Dr. Jen Gunter Speaks Out Against Misinformation About Women’s Health

JUSTIN SAMANSKI-LANGILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
California-based doctor Jen Gunter poses Friday in her hotel lobby. Gunter is fighting medical quackery and pseudo-science in her spare time.
170811 – Friday, August 11, 2017.

 

The internet is a vast world of information. Sometimes it can be a challenge to sift through all of the false information to find the truth. Dr. Jen Gunter is one woman putting true, fact-based information out there about women’s health that we can feel certain is coming from an expert. She is a Winnipeg-raised obstetrician-gynecologist who has often spoken out against Gwyneth Paltrow’s website Goop, where Paltrow shares information and sells women’s health items such as a $55-66 jade egg for “vaginal cleansing”.

Read the Winnipeg Free Press article here.

 

 

 

Post-mastectomy fashion: 5 things I wish I’d known before my mastectomy

This article is from anaono.com check them out!

 

You were prepared for your treatment. You were prepared for your surgery. You read everything you could get your hands on when you were diagnosed with cancer. But nothing prepares you for the day when the post-mastectomy haze clears and you are standing at the mirror, wrapped up like a mummy, convinced the doctors accidentally stitched an elephant to your chest.

You blink at your new body and try to wiggle out of the robe that has become your go-to outfit of choice. Then you stare into your closet. This is not like those pre-cancer days of sighing about not having anything to wear; this is real. As you rack your brain, you realize there wasn’t anything in your research that talked about living life after the mastectomy.

But don’t worry, because I’ve been there. Many of us have. And we’re happy to share all the things we wish we’d known when it was time to ditch the flannel and start dressing like a woman again.

The first thing I noticed post-mastectomy and reconstruction was traditional lingerie no longer fit me. I had no idea putting something as simple as a bra on would be so challenging. I would say I wish I’d known that ahead of time, but in hindsight, not knowing is what put me in a position to change the lives of others and start dressing women after cancer with my lingerie line, AnaOno. Now I get to listen to a lot of women talking about their challenges after a mastectomy, and I know I am not the only one. And neither are you.

Read the rest of the article here.