Post-Surgical Bras: Everything You Should Know



A lot of things change after breast surgery. 

Depending on the type of surgery you get, the size and shape of your breasts are likely to change. There’s also bound to be some increased sensitivity in the chest area. 

So, all things considered, you will need post-surgical bras that won’t jeopardize your comfort and convenience while you heal from the surgery. These bras are different from your regular bras. In this post, we’ll highlight some of the basic things you’ll need to know about bras for post-surgery use. 

What bra do you wear immediately after surgery?

After breast surgery, most people wear a compression bra for one to two weeks. These bras are designed to compress the chest and help with post-surgical fluid drains. The compression design helps reduce swelling in the chest area. 

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Compression bras are different from regular post-surgical bras that you might need to wear through the first year after your surgery. However, some procedures like tissue flap breast reconstruction, for example, might not require wearing a bra because of pressure. Be sure to discuss with your surgeon whether you would need a special kind of bra after your surgery and if they’ll provide or recommend one. 


What are post-surgical bras?

Post-surgical bras are made from super-soft and highly flexible materials. These bras are designed for comfort and support. They also help to nurture and protect the delicate skin areas around your breast after surgery – just what you need during this long recovery phase. Post-surgical bras come in different styles, depending on the type of surgery and your unique needs. 

When do you need bras for post-surgery?

There are different instances where you may need a post-surgery bra. Some of these might include but are not limited to;

  • Breast reconstruction surgery 
  • Breast augmentation surgery
  • Breast reduction surgery
  • Open heart surgery 
  • Breast lift surgery 
  • Mastectomy 

  • How to find your bra size post-surgery

    You have to realize that changes in your breast size might call for changes in your bra size too. So, choosing the correct size matters now, more than ever. 

    Most high-end lingerie shops often have expert bra fitters who can help you get the ideal size of bra you need post-surgery. If you’d rather buy online, you can check out this bra fitting guide from Julie May. Julie May also has size guides on every product page to help you get the exact size you need.  

    What to look for in post-surgical bras

    For the sake of comfort and convenience, here are some of the most important features you should prioritize when considering bras for post-surgery;


    Soft fabrics

    Choose soft and breathable fabric like cotton or silk, or better still, a combo of these great fabrics. This will make you feel more comfortable compared to other stiff fabric types. 


    No wires

    Exposed wires in bras can cut into your skin. The numbness in the chest region after a breast surgery might mean that you won’t notice this on time. 

    Bras with no underwires won’t pose the risk of anything chafing against your skin, especially if you’re worried about post-op scarring. The Valentina - Silk Back Support Full Cup Non-Wire Organic Cotton Bra is a perfect example. And because it doesn’t contain metals, it’s also perfect for days when you need to make an appointment for an MRI or CT scan. Just pair your dress with joggers and there would be no need to undress or change into a gown for your scan. 


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    • Cup / Crotch: 100% Pure Silk
    • Body Fabric: Silk-Cotton Blend (78% Organic Pima Cotton, 22% Silk)


      • Cut from Pima Cotton and lined in silk, this bra promises maximum comfort and support.
      • Shaped three-part cups ensure a natural fit and feel wonderfully soft on the skin.
      • Side sling for additional support and forward projection
      • Smoothing coverage under arms & back and wide straps for added support and comfort
      • No padding

      Ease of wearing/adjustability

      You need something you can easily wear, adjust, or remove. 

      Most people will prefer a post-surgical bra with a front closure like the Post Surgery Front Closure Cotton Mastectomy Bra, for example. Along with adjustable straps, this makes it easy to wear or remove your bras without needing to twist or stretch too much. 

      Size: 32B-42DD
      • Cup / Crotch: 100% Pure Silk
      • Body Fabric: Silk-Cotton Blend (78% Organic Pima Cotton, 22% Silk)
        • Luxuriously crafted in breathable Pima Cotton and lined in silk, this sumptuously soft bra is designed to give an exquisite fit and incredible comfort.
        • Front fastening plastic buckles for sport, leisure and post-operative wear and also suitable for sleeping in.
        • Non-metallic buttons for easy on and off.
        • Non wired full cup bra shape for maximum wireless support
        • With Pockets
        • With Removable Cotton Paddings


        If you’ve had a lumpectomy (partial removal of breast tissues), breast reduction, breast augmentation, or similar procedures, you might still be able to wear regular bras. 

        However, depending on the size of breast tissues removed, you might need pocketed bras where you can fit ‘partials,’ inserts, or breast prostheses. 



        Your comfort and convenience are of utmost importance when recovering from breast surgery. The last thing you want to do now is settle for a less comfortable bra. 

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        From choosing bras made from soft and flexible fabric to post-surgical bras with front closures, non-wired bras, etc., there are things you need to know before you choose your post-surgical bras. These, among others, will help ensure you end up with bras that support your recovery perfectly while you ease back into your active lifestyle, with confidence. 



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