13 Features Found In The Best Post Surgery Bras

How to Choose The Best Bra After Breast Surgery

Searching for the perfect bra is already a pain in the you-know-what, and adding post-surgical support needs into the mix just makes a tough process even harder to navigate. You may ask yourself, what do I even need to look for in a post-breast surgery bra after reduction, augmentation or reconstruction?

Finding the perfect bra after breast augmentation surgery means critically analyzing what you need to take care of yourself during your healing process. Here are the surgeon-approved features we look for (and avoid) after a breast augmentation surgery:

  • No underwire. Not only are wire-free bras 100 times more comfortable, but they also won’t cause irritation. This is especially important if you have scars in the breast crease, as underwire can lay against them uncomfortably and even cause pain.
  • Wide, soft, fabric-covered bottom band. We want to underline how important this is. With most breast augmentations there will be scars on the underside of your breasts where the surgeon made an incision. The bottom band needs to be the most comfortable part of your bra to avoid friction while recovering. Also, a wide band can help the bra from not riding up of folding over.
  • A secure, not-too-tight fit. Get a bra that supports the implants in the breast pocket, but isn't too tight. While a tight fit can assist in positioning your breasts, and provides compression which can reduce swelling, it's most important that your breasts are secure but the implants can "fluff and drop" and settle into place. An overly tight bra can actually lead to displacement of breast implants and may not benefit your recovery.
  • Adjustability. Bras are not an all-size-fits-all situation, and chances are you’re going to have to make a few small tweaks to get that perfectly secure fit. After all, a bra should fit your body, versus trying to make your body fit the bra. Adjustable straps and closures help tremendously here, especially because you need to pay careful attention to your secure, tight bra fit in the weeks after your surgery.
  • Support. After surgery, you’ll need extra support as your breasts heal. Finding a bra that offers ongoing support will keep your breasts lifted and in place as you recover.
  • Ultra-comfy fabric. It’s essential to purchase a bra with high-quality, breathable, and comfortable fabric to keep you comfortable after breast surgery. One of the problems with surgical bras is that they often just don't feel good, even if they are functional. You will maximize healing when you wear your bra 24/7 for 4-6 weeks after surgery, so make sure you have a bra that you love to wear!
  • Seamless Cups: Nothing feels worse than having a constant itch and rub against an incredibly sensitive area which can happen when there are firm seams inside the area that covers the sensitive breasts. Depending on the type of surgery you've undergone, having seamless cups is incredibly important when choosing your recovery bra.
  • Straps: Should be adjustable, with a slight angle to prevent slippage. We all know how annoying it is when a bra strap drops off your shoulder when you are in the middle of doing something!
  • Butterfly Shoulder Closure: An additional way to fasten and unfasten the shoulder strap from the front to facilitate easy wearability. This also allows for your nurse or surgeon to examine you at your follow up without having to remove your bra. 
  • Front Closure: Look for a front closure system at a minimum with multiple rows of hook and eye closure for fitting and adjustability.
  • Band Adjustment: Your body is unique and your bra should have multiple adjustments to allow a perfect fit. Look for a secure hook and eye closure for further adjustability on the band.
  • Soft Elastic Seams: Allows for slight compression without digging into the skin while allowing your breasts to change volume as swelling changes after surgery
  • Removable Pads: Get cushioned support that enhances your shape while providing modesty to minimize nipple show sensitivity.

What to avoid when buying a post-op bra?

  • Hook and Loop Closure: Velcro is fast and easy, but should not be part of your post op bra because it can irritate incisions during healing. It can also be very bulky so it is harder to conceal under clothing. 
  • Zippers: Zippers are adequate closure when your breasts will be the same size consistently. During post-surgery healing your breasts will be changing shape and size and zippers just can't adjust!

Can I use a sports bra to recover post surgery?

Breasts should be individually supported to heal properly. Sports bras restrict movement but typically press your breasts into your body, which might cause breast implant displacement. For this reason, sports bras should not be used during breast surgery recovery.

Do I need a compression bra after surgery?

It's common for doctors to recommend wearing a compression bra after breast surgery. This type of bra provides support and reduces swelling, bruising, and discomfort following the procedure. However, it's important to note that too much compression can restrict blood movement and negatively affect healing speed. Get a bra that has gentle compression and support and isn't too tight.

How Long Do I Need To Wear A Compression Bra After a Breast Reduction?

4 to 6 weeks. After your surgery, you’re going to need to wear a compression bra for quite some time to help promote healing. You will get specific instructions from your surgeon, but expect to wear a compression bra most of the time, if not around the clock, for anywhere from two weeks to six weeks after the procedure.

When Can I Go Braless After A Breast Augmentation?

You can typically go without a bra after six to eight weeks. Since everyone’s body is different, for some women, it may take longer to heal than others. The size of the breast is also a factor, with heavier breasts requiring longer term support of the tissue. Make sure to speak with your doctor to confirm when you can go braless after a breast surgery.