This is a question we hear a lot at Clover Lewis Swimwear! Some women who need post surgery swimwear, quite rightly point out that adding two extra pockets to support breast forms shouldn't make a mastectomy bathing costume costlier than standard high street swimwear.
However, this overlooks the sheer amount of craft, design, and time (and love!) which goes into making truly comfortable, confidence-boosting swimwear for women of all shapes, sizes and experiences who have undergone breast surgery.
We receive many, many emails from women looking for the perfect post surgery swimsuit or bikini for their unique body and personal taste following their breast surgery. Some of these women have said that their breast forms cause poorly designed swimwear to sag once wet.
Our mastectomy swimwear, meanwhile, features real support for prosthetics in the cup area, and has been designed to achieve perfect symmetry - even when wet. Some of our customers have written to tell us that they even go wild swimming in our bathing suits! Clover Lewis herself puts each design through its paces by scuba diving in every new look.
Many of the stories we read feature common complaints and problems including:
Too high-cut suits which chafe under the arms
Long, unsupportive straps which expose tender scars to the sun's UV rays
High necklines which felt unflattering and frumpy
And that’s just for starters. Unflattering prints, ageing designs...the list of issues, niggles and hurdles is a long one. Everybody is different, so customer’s needs vary very widely. That’s why our swimsuits feature supportive, completely adjustable straps for bodies, treatment scars and styles of all types.
There are services out there which offer to sew breast form pockets into regular swimwear. This is a good temporary, low-cost fix, but once wet, these adapted swimsuits are likely to sag and lose symmetry.
Our swimsuits also feature supportive, completely adjustable straps for bodies, scars and styles of all types. Many of the stories we read, forums we check and emails we open feature complaints about straps and necklines. From high-cut suits which chafe under the arms, to long, unsupportive straps which expose tender scars to the risk of sunburn, high necklines which some find unflattering.
With all this in mind, it's unsurprising that mastectomy swimwear is more expensive than a mid-priced high street swimsuit. If you pop into John Lewis, however, you'll see that many quality swimwear brands including Seafolly or Ted Baker share a price point with our gorgeous, intelligently designed mastectomy swimwear.
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