Do I Need to Wear a Bra After Breast Reconstruction?

Young woman wearing a compressing bra after a breast enhancement surgery

It’s normal to have a lot of questions running through your mind before your breast reconstruction. Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joshua B. Hyman will make sure that you know what to expect. To help you feel ready, we’re answering a question we commonly receive about breast reconstruction: “Do I need to wear a bra after my procedure?”

Wearing a Bra During Surgical Recovery

You may be placed in a surgical bra that you will need to wear as you recover from breast reconstruction. Surgical bras can provide healing tissue with gentle compression and comfortable support. They are often characterized by thick straps, as well as a front zipper or closure that makes the garment easy to put on and take off.

Whether you wear a surgical bra during your recovery will depend on the type of surgery you had and your surgeon’s preference. Some patients can benefit from these garments, while others are advised not to wear them.

You will receive specific instructions regarding what you should and should not wear. Be sure to consult these guidelines before transitioning back to regular bras.

The Best Bras to Wear After Reconstruction

Wearing a bra after you have recovered from reconstruction is largely a matter of personal preference. However, many patients choose to do so in order to support their new breasts and potentially reduce future sagging. It also tends to be more comfortable than going braless.

Keep in mind that your old bras will probably not align with your current needs. Once you are cleared to wear non-surgical bras, you will likely have to purchase new ones.

A professional bra fitting can help ensure that you find options that work for you. You will still be able to wear a range of styles, and you can make things more exciting by purchasing different colors and patterns.

Be aware that seamless, wire-free bras are usually the most comfortable choice. Bras that have seams or wires can irritate scarred, sensitive, or radiated skin.

Schedule Your New York City Breast Reconstruction Consultation

Dr. Hyman can give you additional tips regarding post-reconstruction garments. Call 212-517-5157 today to schedule your confidential consultation. Our practice serves Manhattan, New York City, and nearby areas of New York.

 
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