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Will I Need to Wear a Special Bra After Breast Surgery?

Women who have had breast surgery – reconstruction, reduction, mastectomy or augmentation – are usually instructed by their doctors to wear a post-surgical bra for a specified amount of time. It’s a crucial step in healing and therefore, an important purchase. So, what exactly should you look for in a post-surgery bra?

For the first several weeks of recovery, patients should wear a comfortable, supportive bra that will also aid in healing and allow for a faster and easier recovery. It should be elastic enough to conform to the breast shape in order to provide gentle compression as well as strong support.

Suggested breast surgery bras have the following qualities:

For starters, the bra should be wire-free. Underwires will not only aggravate soreness but can also inflame the incision and can compromise the healing process.

You will want a bra that provides full-coverage – this isn’t the time for balconettes and demi-cups.

A soft and stretchable band around the body will provide gentle support to the breasts while also being comfortable for the patient and accommodating the expected normal swelling.

Soft, breathable materials, such as cotton, allow airflow that aids in healing. A racerback-style bra is structurally more stable and will prevent the straps from falling off the shoulders and needing to be repeatedly adjusted.

A bra that hooks or clasps in the front will be far easier and less painful to put on and take off as compared to bras that are secured in the back and require considerable contortions to manipulate.

Most of all, it is important that your breast surgery bra provides proper support as your breasts adjust to their new shape and size. Good support reduces pain and swelling, protects tender tissue and can speed healing. 

During your breast surgery consultation, Dr. Allison can help you choose the type, style, and size of bra that you will need based on your individual circumstances.

Breast surgery, whether it is an augmentation, reduction, lift, revision or reconstruction, usually results in improved self-esteem and quality of life. If you are interested in enhancing your appearance and improving your quality of life with breast surgery in Gainesville, contact David W. Allison, MD at 703-754-8228 or website