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Wearing Compression Bras
Adjusting for Comfort & Compression

How a compression bra is put on in hospital after surgery varies with the type of surgery, whether there are drain lines, and degree of mobility.

As a general guide, undo the detachable shoulder straps and then, with the label on the right side, fit the bra over the shoulders and adjust the length of the straps so that the band sits on the chest just below the mammary fold.

If the straps are adjusted too short, the band will push up into the breast or the incision under breast. If straps are not long enough, an extender can be fitted into the clip fastening to increase adjustment. If the straps are left too long, the breasts will not be supported and there will be increased tension on incisions because breast movement increases.

With the band correctly located, the front fastening can be gently closed to fit the breasts into the elasticised cups.

With a front zip fastening, if there is a starter clip(s) under the zip, close the clip(s) then gently engage and close the zip. If there is no starter clip two people may be needed, one to hold the zip closed and the other to close the zip.

With a front hook and eye clip fastening, start at the bottom and work upwards. Each row of clips can be adjusted differently. Adjust the band clips as needed to reduce the pressure over drain lines. Adjust the clips over the breast to match the breast swelling. If needed an extender can be fitted into the clip fastening to increase adjustment, then removed as swelling reduces.

As mobility improves, drain lines are removed and breast swelling reduces, the shoulder straps and front closure will need adjustment to retain the firm and even pressure needed for comfort and compression. Correctly adjusted straps lift and support the breast but do not pull the band up into the breast. When the front clips are correctly adjustedthe band should fit firmly around the chest and the breasts should feel firmly supported when moving about.

Links & Information

FITTING ROOM Information   Go to caring for compression garments for more information.

For Breast Reconstruction where a compression garment is also needed, go to wearing compression garments.

RECOVERY & LIFESTYLE Suggestions   Go to Breast Surgery and select your surgery to see garment suggestions.

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