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    No.189: Sports Bras After Breast Surgery, Revive Collection

    Revive Collection

    Your workout may be painful, but your bra shouldn't be.Wearing sports bras after breast surgery shouldn't be restrictive or constraining, but there’s no denying they provide the support you need after your procedure.Traditional sports bras can be difficult to get on and off and oftentimes can cause painful constriction that just doesn't work for reconstructed chests. 

    Get in and out of your workout even quicker, with easy front and back fasteners, soft moisture-wicking materials, and underwire-free support.

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    AnaOno Sports Bras Features

    You can find a sports bra seemingly anywhere you shop, but there’s truly nothing like an AnaOno sports bra, especially if you’ve had breast surgery. Here’s what makes our bras different

    • Supportive without underwire. While sports bras are oftensans underwire, the support they offer mostly involves uncomfortably mashing your boobs into a giant “uniboob.” AnaOno’s sports bras don’t do that: You’ll feel securely in place whether you’re hiking, dancing, or doing yoga.
    • Easy to get dressed. No more struggling, yanking, and downright fighting with your sports bra. AnaOno’s sports bras put ease of dressing top of mind, with easy on-off designs like front closures.
    • They can be worn with forms. For those of us who’ve had a mastectomy or other breast surgery, sports bras can be a challenge. AnaOno makes pocketed sports bras, so you can wear the form of your choice while you work out.
    • Breathable fabric: Mesh panels keep you comfortable no matter how much of a sweat you work up.
    • Adjustable straps: We all know the discomfort of a sports bra with absolutely no wiggle room, straps included. AnaOno’s bras all come with adjustable straps so you can make the bra work for you, not the other way around.

    Wearing Breast Forms With Sports Bras

    You may be wondering if you can wear breast forms with sports bras, and the short answer is yes! Whether you want to wear your breast forms all day or for just the duration of your workout, you should look out for some specific traits in both your bra and your forms.

    If you  choose to wear breast forms while working out with a sports bra, you need to find forms that are lightweight so you won’t be held back while stretching and moving around. Your forms should be easy to clean as well, so you can keep your forms fresh and in great shape for workouts to come.  Our affordable F(oo)Bs are lightweight, washable, and sold in singles or pairs, an excellent option for anyone who’s had breast surgery who wants to wear inserts while wearing a sports bra.

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    You have to consider the bra itself as well. Look for pocketed designs that’ll hold your breast forms securely in place, so they don’t pop out or slip out of place while you’re moving about (goodbye, mid-move adjustments!). 

    Should I Wear A Sports Bra After Breast Surgery?

    Surgeons highly recommend sports bras to their patients after surgery due to them being underwire-free and having softer cups than regular bras. However, the pressure they put on a sore surgical site is not always the same as compression that may be required after surgery. To find the best bra for you, it’s important to look for bras that offer compression and support while prioritizing your comfort. To find the best sports bra options for your post-surgery needs,  read our guide here

    How Long Do I Have To Wear A Sports Bra After Breast Surgery?

    Unfortunately, there’s no definitive answer as to how long you need to wear a sports bra (or a compression bra) after breast surgery. The amount of time depends on your specific needs, including the type of surgery you had, your prognosis for healing, and your surgical team’s advice. Generally, most folks are advised to wear exclusively sports bras or similar for around six to eight weeks after breast surgery.

    What Kind Of Sports Bra Should I Wear After Breast Augmentation?

    There’s no doubt that you’re going to feel some soreness and swelling after breast augmentation. This is why you need a bra that’ll provide you with comfort, support, ease of wear, and adjustability while you heal. Each of AnaOno’s bras are designed to workfor you and your needs -- not the other way around. Look for our models, which take the support and comfort expected from sports bras and ups the ante, with adjustable straps for the ideal fit, breathable mesh for comfort, and pocketed bras that you can wear with breast forms long after you’ve healed.

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    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.