Bras After Breast Removal Surgery

You’ve just undergone your explant surgery and your had your implants removed. As you know this is when the healing takes place so it is crucial you do everything you can to assist and ensure a smooth recovery.

What bras to wear post surgery

Your post op bras after your surgery and for the 6 weeks that follows you will need to wear a sports bra. Some surgeons will also recommend you wear a compression bra at night which is like a light weight bra.

Try to find a sports bra that zips up at the front this will make it easier for you to get on and off.

Note: During this time your scar is very sensitive as is your skin this is why you can not put on the sext little underwire bra just yet….believe me it will not be worth it.

Sports Bras I recommend Post Surgery

Compression bra I recommend

Stage 2 Post Surgery

After 6 weeks you can now start to wear a wire free or soft bra…still no underwire bras.

Any hard friction or rubbing on your scar can cause damage and irritation so you need to wait until it is fully healed before you wear underwire bras but you can introduce some new bras into your lingerie drawer.

Non-Underwire Bras or Soft Cups I recommend  are:-

Berlei Post Surgery Bra and Panache Atlantis Bra they aren’t as “big” as the other bras above so you can start to wear a variety a tops. You can still wear the bras above.

Stage 3 Post Surgery

 Hello Underwire bras…..I’m back. This can be 3 to 6 months after your breast  implant removal your surgeon will give you the OK.

Before you rush out and starting stocking up on your new lingerie there are a few things you need to know and remember-

★Get fitted by a Professional Fitter and I mean professional not one that claims to be.

★The band needs to fit snugly around the back and sit even from front to back.

★Underwires to sit flush against your chest and they should not dig in anywhere.

★No spillage or gapping in the bra cup

★You should be able to fit 2 fingers underneath your bra shoulder strap.


Lingerie care

Here are some tips to care for your bras/lingerie so they stay in a good shape – which means you’re comfortable and happy and not having to replace them as often.

Wear a different bra every day

Avoid wearing your bra for two consecutive days. Your body exudes heat and heat makes the Lycra in the bra stretch when it is warm. Wearing your bra for more than one day in a row will cause it to deteriorate faster. Research shows Lycra needs at least 24 hours to cool off, so alternating bras each day will go a long way towards good bra care.

Store your bras properly

It is best if you have a dedicated lingerie drawer. If you place lingerie with other clothing items, or toss them into a drawer in an unorganized manner, it will cause early wear on your bras. Hooks/snaps can snare other clothing items or objects. So it is best if you make room specifically for your fine lingerie. Furthermore, you might want to organize your lingerie collection by type (e.g. all bras in one drawer, all panties in another drawer, etc.) Or you can put matching sets of lingerie together.

Washing bras

First of all, avoid washing your bras in a washing machine, especially in top loader washing machines. If you can help it, hand wash your lingerie in cold water or have it dry-cleaned. For washing you should use a delicate fabric wash.

Secondly, get a wash bag for washing your intimate apparel. Wash bags cost only about $10 and they allow you to keep your lingerie protected from rubbing sensitive fabrics of your bras against other apparel items while washing. So wash bags keep your lingerie a little bit more protected while washing.

Drying bras

Drying bras in a tumble dryer will damage your bras/lingerie in many ways: heat and tumbling in a drum damages bra fabric, underwire and cups padding. Besides that, it can result in damaging other clothing and the dryer itself if wires get ripped out of the bra fabric. If you don’t want your bras to get loose their shape early, consider one of the following natural ways to dry your bras:

  • Hang dry (aka air dry, line dry)
  • Dry by placing them on a towel