What To Wear After Breast Augmentation Surgery

Many women experience different sensations in their chest after getting breast augmentation surgery. Typically, tightness, soreness and swelling are at the top of the list. Knowing what to wear with this new change can benefit you while you’re healing and after.

Medical Compression Bra

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A medical compression bra is one of the best breast surgery bras you can get after breast augmentation. It has multiple benefits, including limiting movement and providing support without delivering pressure in the wrong places. This type of bra also has a front closure, allowing you to put it on and remove it with as little discomfort as possible. You should consult with your doctor to ensure you are purchasing the right type for you and your needs.

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Standard Sports Bra

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At some point, your doctor will likely suggest using a sports bra without an underwire. It provides enough coverage and support and only a minimal amount of pressure. Keep in mind that you will have to buy these bras in a different size after breast augmentation surgery than what you’re used to, and you will have to account for the temporary swelling.

Zipper Sports Bra

Instead of using a standard sports bra, you may find it more comfortable to use a zip-front sports bra, especially if it’s not long after the breast augmentation surgery and you’re still experiencing discomfort. Having a front zipper makes it easier to put the bra on and take it off, as opposed to having to reach around and deal with a back hook-and-eye closure. Avoid quickly zipping up the bra or pulling it down too fast, as it could shift your breasts’ positioning. Move slowly, gently and cautiously.


Shapewear isn’t just for slimming and streamlining the look of your body. Some options, such as a breast and chest compression wrap, can be excellent to use after breast augmentation surgery if your doctor recommends them. They provide gentle support and compression that could prove beneficial for your healing.

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Front-Button Tops

One thing to avoid doing after breast augmentation surgery is pulling shirts on and off over your head. It can significantly strain your chest area and may even extend healing time. Front-button tops can allow you to get dressed more easily. Chances are you’ll need a smaller or larger top than what you had before, depending on whether your breasts are now smaller or larger. However, as previously mentioned, swelling can change the size you need.

Double-check the fabric of the front-button tops if you don’t want undergarment seams showing through, especially if you are wearing a thicker medical compression bra. Some undergarments will show more easily than others, particularly if the front-button tops are a solid color.

Zip-up Hoodie

Zip-up hoodies have the same perks as front-button tops in that they may be easier to put on and remove. They will also give you a little added warmth, a wonderful benefit to prevent you from uncomfortably shivering in chilly weather. If you feel you may get achy holding an umbrella on a rainy day, particularly for an extended time, the hood will come in handy.

Final Thoughts

Considering the delicate nature your chest will be in after breast augmentation surgery, the best thing you can do is follow your doctor’s explicit instructions for post-op care and what to wear. Ask your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about which materials or clothing would suit you best. It’s better to get confirmation of garments that can help you rather than take a risk and potentially set yourself back and/or cause complications. Work as a team with your doctor, and it can help increase the chances of your healing going smoothly.

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