Bras for Breast Cancer Patients

Whether it be post-lumpectomy or post-mastectomy, any major surgery to the breasts can make bra shopping a nightmare! You are already a warrior for battling cancer, so you should not have to deal with the struggles of choosing a new bra style. Allow us to help you find the best bra solution to promote recovery AND comfort!

Do I Really Need a New Bra?

Some women are led to believe they don’t need to wear a bra after major breast surgery. However, your breasts will continue to change in shape and size post-surgery and through treatment.

This is a reason why our bra experts always recommend picking out some new bras post-surgery. You’ll also likely want to toss those underwire and push-up bras, as they typically will cause unwanted irritation to wound sites.

Disclaimer: Before buying any bra, always check with your doctor for their input. They likely have specific instructions for caring for your new breasts post-op. Hourglass Lingerie is not providing medical advice. Always consult your doctor for their recommendations first.

Our Favorite Bras for Battling Cancer:

Post-Surgical/ Compression Bras

The first week or so after surgery, your doctor should provide information on post-surgical or compression bras. These help to allow proper healing and prevent any unwanted healing complications.

They also promote proper blood flow and nutrient exchange in the new tissue. It is important to wear this bra for the duration your doctor recommends to prevent infection.

Once you have been cleared to no longer have to wear a post-surgical bra, there are many options of bras that prioritize comfort and function post-surgery.

Surgical Bra

Front-Closure Bras

Recovering from a big surgery like lumpectomy or mastectomy means the easier something is, the better. Front-closure bras eliminate the hassle of reaching behind the back to unhook your bra.

Front-closure bras also prevent possible arm overextension and stitch popping. These bras come in soft, wire-free variants as well. Our favorite front-closure bra here at Hourglass Lingerie is the Parfait Lynn P13122 European Nude Y Back Front Closure Bra.


Bralettes are wonderful additions to anyone’s closet. Not only are they incredibly comfortable, but they also promote great support without padding or underwire.

Bralettes also often come in ultra-soft materials that can be worn day or night and slipped off with ease. Parfait P5482 Adriana Sapphire Lace Bralette is Hourglass Lingerie’s favorite bralette we offer.

Seamless Bras

Seamless bras are a step up from bralettes. They offer another layer of support above a bralette without sacrificing comfort. These are better for a busier day than just hanging out around the house.

Seamless Bras also fit under tighter clothing better for when you are ready to hit the town again. Your seamless bra should have adjustable straps to fit the best. We love the Elomi Bijou EL8722 Cayenne UW Moulded T-Shirt Bra here at Hourglass Lingerie!

Sports Bras

A quality sports bra will be a great addition to your wardrobe post-surgery. This type of bra will provide support specifically designed to prevent bouncing and jostling while exercising.

This is especially important to keep healing tissue in place and not sliding around or stretching the skin. Hourglass Lingerie recommends Elomi Energise EL8042 Vintage Denim UW Sports Bra as a wonderful sports bra option.

Bra Fitting After Surgery

While there are many options to consider buying after surgery, the most important is that you feel comfortable and beautiful. An important aspect to consider is that your breasts are likely a different size than before (and will continue to change as time passes). It is very important to be fitted by a professional bra fitter after surgery to ensure the new bras you are buying fit properly.

Our bra fitting experts here at Hourglass Lingerie would love to help you! Call to schedule your own personalized, one-on-one bra fitting with one of our experts. We would love to help you love your new body!