DIEP Reconstruction

A DIEP flap is a specific type of breast reconstruction in which blood vessels called deep inferior epigastric perforators (DIEP), as well as the skin and fat connected to them, are removed from the lower abdomen and transferred to the chest to reconstruct a breast after mastectomy without the sacrifice of any of the abdominal muscles.

DIEP Reconstruction General Information

Underwear – Bra’s

  1. You will be required to wear a bra day and night for 6 weeks.
  2. Purchase an extra high impact / full support bra with the same cup size but one size larger across the back. For example, if you are normally a 36C then opt for a 38C. This allows for any swelling after the operation.
  3. Blinking Thinking suggests that you see a trained fitter, found in large department stores, three or four weeks prior to your operation and buy both a front and back fastening bra.
  4. You will probably be told that one of the bra’s will need to have a hole made in the cup to regularly check the DIEP reconstruction.
  5. However, if you purchase a zip up / front fastening full support sports bra they may not need to cut a hole as it can be undone to allow for checking, meaning your purchase will last a lot longer! A front fastener may also be easier to wear as movement in your arm could be restricted slightly straight after the operation making reaching behind your back to fasten a bra difficult.
  6. Blinking Thinking suggest that a back fastening full support bra is purchased for when you are home and on the road to recovery.
  7. Once you are home you can continue to wear the slightly bigger bra until the swelling reduces or alternatively you can have a bra in the correct size fitted with a bra expander. (This gives a good fit but not as good as buying a back size bigger).
  8. Try not to spend too much on bra’s during surgery as surgeons cannot guarantee a size prior to the operation.

Blinking Thinking has done the research and come up with the following items that we think are perfect. We are not sponsored to highlight or promote these items or indeed any items on our site - they are listed because we believe they are the best on offer.

Front fastening bra’s Blinking Thinking like...

Marks and Spencer – Non wired, extra high impact, zip front fastening sports bra. Product code: 01097238 - £25.00

Nicola Jane – “Hilary” 95% cotton front fastening bra. Product code 7060. £19.99

Back fastening bra’s Blinking Thinking like...

Marks and Spencer  - Non wired, extra high impact sports bra (2 pack). Product code: 09909977 - £32.50

Nicola Jane – “Jasmine” back fastening firm support bra. Product code 423P -£19.99

DIEP Reconstruction General Information

Underwear – pants/knickers

  1. You will be required to wear support pants day and night for 6 weeks.
  2. Purchase “waist clinchers”. These are very tall pants that sit just underneath your bra line giving full support to your stomach area.
  3. Blinking Thinking suggest that you invest in a couple of different styles, especially around the legs, for example, a shorts style and a briefs style. This means, as they are worn 24/7, they will not rub in the same place.
  4. Avoid pants where there is an additional support panel on the inside of the pants and could rub. The inside of the pants should be smooth. Additional support panels externally are perfect.
  5. Wear waist high full cotton briefs underneath your support pants. This will help you get them on and off more easily.


Support pants Blinking Thinking like…

Primark  - Waist Clinchers. £5.00

Marks and Spencer - Firm Control Waist Sculpt™ No VPL Cincher. Product code: 04248569 -  £22.50


Last updated 30.05.2018