How Many Post-Mastectomy Bras Do I Need?

How Many Post-Mastectomy Bras Do I Need?

Dana Donofree
5 min read
Knowing how many bras you need after your single or double mastectomy can feel just as puzzling as knowing what bras to get in the first place. There are so many stages to surgery, recovery, treatment (and beyond!) that we need bras for. While some women in the community prefer to keep it to stocking up on the basics, others like to go all out, with a fully stocked arsenal of post-surgery bras ready for any and every occasion.

For some, a post-mastectomy bra is something they only wear on special occasions, something they only wear so they have a pocketed bra to put their breast form in. At the same time, there are others who prefer the comfort, support and ritual of wearing one every single day. No matter which category you fall in, we are here to help you navigate the question: "How many post-mastectomy bras do I need?" Check out this guide to make sure you get the right number of supportive post-surgical bras so you can feel confident and comfortable from day one after your mastectomy.


After you are able to (finally!) say goodbye to your doctor-prescribed compression bra after your mastectomy or breast surgery, you will still need something comfortable and accessible to wear while your surgical sites heal and while you may have less mobility. Enter The Front Closure Bra. When it comes to post-surgical bras, front closure is the ultimate solution to dressing during recovery. It's easier to put on while you have limited range of motion and lasting soreness and will have you feeling super snug while you heal. Wondering why it's so perfect and voted Best Post-Mastectomy Bra by InStyle Magazine? Learn more about it here! (Hint: it's wire-free, soft, stylish and an everyday must-have for ultimate comfort!)

Healing after surgery will require patience, time and approximately three to five bras to make it through the duration of the journey, depending on your surgery and the wear and tear of your typical bra. While multiples of the same style bra might seem overdone, just remember: you will have a limited range of motion, and won't be able to wear different styles throughout the course of your recovery. Sticking to a post-surgery bra that has front closing clasps will be your ticket to staying comfortable without straining yourself along the way. You will want a fresh bra every couple of days, and by having multiples of our popular Front Closure Bra, your caregiver will not have to wash them as frequently.


The Front Closure Bra


The Front Closure Bra comes in three different colors that will allow you to change your style and your vibe while feeling fresh and supported through recovery. What’s better, these wirefree post-surgery front closure bras for breast cancer surgery recovery are beautiful beyond surgery and will become your everyday staples in your lingerie drawer post-recovery.


You're at the point in your healing process where you can finally get up and move around the house, and even SHOWER! Woo-hoo!

Now that you have more movement, you can transition into a different style bra.

The Leslie Bra is another great option for after mastectomy or breast surgery. It's soft enough to comfort your sensitive post-surgical areas. Once you have more movement, you can easily pull it over and wear it as your leisure lounge bra or for a light movement workout. Another option is the Wirefree Wrap Front Cami. It's a soft, supple, creamy camisole that can add a feminine touch into your healing bra lineup and is a comfortable alternative to your post-surgery bra. It also adds a little versatility into your wardrobe since this cami is easy to pair with a variety of tops, cardigans and dresses.

AnaOno offers many wire-free post-mastectomy bra options that can work immediately post-surgery for breast cancer patients and be worn through recovery, treatment and years after. These are excellent options for survivors and thrivers looking for comfortable and wire-free options that fit their unique style and bodies. Our softest bras yet, including a pocketed plunge bra and a supportive full-coverage post-mastectomy style, are two everyday essentials for after breast surgery you'll want to add to your lingerie drawer.

We recommend getting at least one of each, or two of one single style that best suits your fit and style preferences. You can easily introduce these into your rotation of front closure bras to add new life and style into your post-mastectomy fashion once you're more fully healed.

The Leslie Bra, the Front Closure bra and the Wrap front wire free cami

Mix it up between The Leslie BraThe Front Closure and The Wrap Front Wirefree Cami while you’re healing, and save for your comfy days (which should be every day!) post-recovery.

By now you will have enough bras to wear throughout the course of your healing to stay fresh and comfortable. As an added bonus, you will feel your best in these super soft made-for-you post-surgery styles while simultaneously not having to do TOO much laundry!


The moment you have waited for has finally arrived: your surgeries are complete, your body is healed and you are ready to get back in the game!

Treat yourself for reaching this milestone and reclaim your body and breasts by indulging in approximately three new wire-free styles for your post-surgery body. At AnaOno, we have sexy post-surgery bras that are not only comfortable, but made to showcase your femininity, too. Indulge in supple lace, sexy mesh and flirty feminine embellishments that make your new body look and feel AMAZING. Want more of a sexy feel? Experiment with different bras that will revamp your confidence in and out of the bedroom.

One of our all-time favorite sexy styles is the Gloria Bra. This is a stunning wireless bra that features spandex stretch lace for a feminine and flirty look. It also has convenient features to help you feel confident in reclaiming your sexy side, like fully lined soft cups and pockets to accommodate lightweight breast forms or prostheses.


Makenzie Alleman wearing the sexy Gloria bra


Makenzie Alleman (@makenziealleman) sexy back in The Gloria Bra. Photo courtesy of Mackenzie Allemen.

When it comes to bra shopping after breast cancer or breast surgery, just remember to ultimately do what you feel is right for YOU. This is YOUR body and you get to decide what you want to wear, what makes you feel comfortable, confident and beautiful. At AnaOno, we know our breasts do not define us or the way we feel about ourselves. We are more than our boobs, so do what makes you feel confident and sexy. And hey, if that's a lacy bra, we say go ahead and do that, too.
Dana Donofree
Dana Donofree

Founder and CEO of AnaOno. After a diagnosis of breast cancer in her late 20’s, Dana took her own lived experience and fashion design background and (re)designed intimates for those that have undergone breast surgery. Dana’s story has been published around the world in outlets like New York Times, BBC, Huffington Post, The Today Show, and more.