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Frequently Asked Questions 

  • How long do compression garments last?
    Typically they need to be replaced every 4 to 6 months due to losing their elasticity over time.
  • How do I clean my garments?
    Depending on the garment company, some may suggest hand washing them, and hanging or towel drying them. Other companies suggest that their garments be washed in a garment bag with unscented detergent and tumble dried in the garment bag.
  • Can I sleep in my daytime garments?
    No, these garments are not appropriate to wear at night, due to the high compression. However, there are specific nightime garments that apply a mild compression and can be worn in the night. Speak to our fitter about options that are available to you.
  • When should I wear my compression garment?
    It is important to wear your compression garment all day. You can usually take it off at night, when you are lying down and resting.
  • What do I do if I lose or gain weight?
    If your weight changes, our fitter may need to remeasure you again for a new garment. If your compression garment it too loose it will not control swelling, and if it is too tight it will restrict blood flow.
  • When should I don my compression sleeve?
    You should ideally don your compression sleeve each morning after you shower, lymphedema is usually at its minimum upon awakening.
  • I didn't have breast cancer, can I still wear a mastectomy bra?"
    Definitely! Many women enjoy the support, comfort, and coverage that a mastectomy bra provides.
  • How often should I replace my mastectomy bra?
    The average life expectancy of a mastectomy bra is 3-6 months. If your breast prosthesis starts to feel heavy or if you experience a change in weight, please do not wait and contact a certified mastectomy fitter.
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