So you got a breast reduction. What do you wear after? While your surgeon may have a plan for your recovery specifics, I don’t suggest buying anything expensive or underwired until you’re fully healed. Why? Because you’re likely still slightly swollen and potentially not your new forever size. I’m about 5 months post op now and still only wearing seamless sports bras and bralettes. One reason is that I don’t want to invest in anything that won’t fit me in a year. The other reason is that with the current state of the pandemic, I’m unable to be fitted by a bra specialist at Nordstrom. The compromise? Wearing soft and supportive comfortable sports bras and bralettes on the daily, that are something I could never find in my size pre-surgery. The best part? They’re all affordable finds!
I bought this plunge bralette sometime last year in size XL, and I barely fit it. Even thought I could probably size down to a L, it fits so comfortably now. This bra is soft and not overly stretchy. It has removable pads which I removed from the get go.
This is the bra I’m wearing in the cover photo at the top of the page, as you can see it looks a little different on me than on the model. I wear this in a size L. This is the least supportive of the bras in this list as the straps are very thin. I still really enjoy this bra for daily wear in and out of the house. It’s also nice to sleep in. The fabric is thin and perfect for hot days when you don’t want to feel suffocated.
If you like a classic racerback sports bra, this one is perfect. This medium impact sports bra has a high level of compression and my new ideal choice for workouts. I own it in both M and L. I also took out the removable pads as soon as I bought it.
This seamless sports bra has a longline shape which is perfect for long torsos and has medium compression. The nonadjustable straps are a tad long, so if you’re on the more petite size the fit may not be ideal. I wear this in a size M. The fabric is also sustainably made from recycled plastic water bottles.
It’s also worth mentioning, all of these bras cover my side scars. Since I’m using scar gel at the moment, this is important so that it stays inside the bra and not all over my clothing. Also if I want to sunbathe in my bra, I know my scars are safe from the harmful sun rays.
Hopefully this post gave you some ideas for the best bras for breast reduction recovery. The surgery recovery is a long process and feeling comfortable and secure has helped me resume my normal. I’m still not sure what exact cup size I am now, but it’s probably a C or D. I was a H/J before and had 3 pounds of tissue removed during surgery. I will never miss the physical pain of huge breasts and the lifetime financial burden of $70 bras. If you’d like to learn more about breast reduction surgery itself, I have several videos documenting the process on my YouTube channel.