Mastectomy swimsuits

Regaining confidence in a swimsuit after a life-altering mastectomy

A mastectomy can save your life, but it also permanently changes your body. Accepting your new appearance can be difficult, and the thought of wearing a swimsuit might sound scary. However, regaining your confidence – and enjoying that well-deserved beach vacation – is possible.

When shopping for mastectomy swimwear, look for something you would've wanted to wear before surgery; there's no need to abandon your sense of style. Consider whether you'd feel better in a suit with pockets for breast prostheses, or if you'd rather skip them and go natural. Either way is totally fine.

If you're feeling self-conscious about scars, try a swimsuit with a high neckline and smaller openings for your arms. A rash guard, which looks like a T-shirt but feels like swimwear, is another great option. Of course, if you feel like wearing something more revealing, go right ahead – you have nothing to hide.

Accessories and a little pampering can help you feel better in mastectomy swimsuits, too. Consider a pretty cover-up for relaxing by the pool, and treat yourself to a pedicure and a cute pair of women's flip flop sandals. A few indulgences can go a long way toward boosting your self-esteem.

At the end of the day, remember to go easy on yourself. Adapting to change takes time, just like restoring your confidence and learning to feel good in a swimsuit. Don't rush the journey and never forget the strength that's gotten you this far.