Ladies bathing suit types after PM?

I am only one month post-op with my PM, but am looking forward to going to the pool soon. Do any ladies have ideas of a suit style that will hide my scar (I read that sun exposure will cause darkening), and cover my "bump"? There has to be others who have had to figure this out among you all. Thanks


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by CathrynB - 2007-06-19 08:06:10

Hi Barbara. It's true that sun exposure will darken the scar -- my dermatologist told me (after I'd worn a strapless suit for 2 weeks on vacation) that even the spf 70 sunscreen I used was inadequate to prevent some darkening. I wore a strapless because my PM site was still painful with a strap over the top of the bump and scar. Later I found a high-neck (and low in the back) one-piece suit like what Jessie describes above that covers the scar and bump very well. It's not comfortable for me, but hopefully you're not still sensitive at the site so it won't bother you. Check out Land's End and other online websites that carry lots of swimsuits. Part of what you need depends on exactly where your PM is located -- whether directly under your collarbone or farther out toward your shoulder. Good luck and let us know what you find! Take care, Cathryn

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by jessie - 2007-06-19 08:06:18

i went to sears and found a sharp black and white with a high neck and it covers my scar. i wasn't thinking of this at the tiem but when you mentioned it irealized it did. i just liked it. good luck jessie


by valerie - 2007-06-19 11:06:08

I thought bathing suits were optional. lol jk

well, I dont know what your style is, or what you like, but for me, I have a two piece that isn't scandalous and more sporty-like, and it covers the scar (well, scars: plural for me) pretty well. The top kind of looks like this (but with a green hibiscus print):

and then the bottom part looks like this (boy short matching my top):

Hope that helps.
Happy swimming Barbara,

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by ela-girl - 2007-06-20 01:06:29

I am almost 9 months post -op with my pacer, and I have to would think my EP was a plastic surgeon or something, too! To look at the pm area, you can't see it at all (no bulge) except for a tiny section of the lead that is close to the skin, and the scar is quite small now. I can wear scoop neck shirts or tank tops, too.

As for a suit,I have a tankini--it covers up my scar fine and the strap doesn't sit at all over the pm area. If you have a pm "bulge," the tankini will cover that up. But if you have a long scar, it may not cover it all the way (something to mindful of because of the scar darkening with sun exposure as everyone has said).

Then again, there's always Val's option!

Happy shopping and swimming AND pacing!


by Meerkats - 2007-06-20 09:06:26

I found that halter top styles work best for bathing suits, sun dresses and summer tops. Mine is completely covered with those.

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