When recovering from shoulder surgery, one of the last things you want to worry about is your bra. While you focus on managing your pain and look towards recovery, often with physical therapy involved, finding a bra that offers supportive comfort and ease of taking on and off is key.
What To Look For In A Bra Post-Shoulder Surgery
To prepare for shoulder surgery, you’ll likely be advised to shop for clothing, including undergarments, that you can wear during post surgery. Specifically for bras, here are a few key considerations:
Comfort is Important
At least initially, you may have some discomfort from both the procedure itself as well as the healing process. At True&Co we believe comfort is always priority #1, and this couldn’t be more important in a post surgery bra. Look for soft materials to avoid skin irritation, and a proper fit to ensure adequate support to avoid extra strain on your shoulders.
Adjustable Straps to Release Pressure
Speaking of shoulder strain, choosing a bra with adjustable straps can help to first, achieve a proper fit where the heavy lifting is done mostly by the bra band, not the straps, and second, to allow for any necessary adjustments for comfort. Most women find that one breast is slightly heavier or positioned differently than the other meaning that straps need to be adjusted to different places, but this is especially helpful in taking some of the pressure off of the affected shoulder.
Strapless Bra Eliminates Pull on Shoulder
Another way to avoid extra pressure on the shoulder involved in the procedure is to eliminate your bra straps entirely, opting for a strapless style. As noted above, since most of a bra’s support comes from the band vs the straps, a good strapless bra should still offer the same level of comfort and support. This style also alleviates the issue of having to pull a bra over your head, but a bit more on how to put on any type of bra post surgery in just a moment.
Clasp or Zipper for Easy On & Off
Before we get to a little trick for putting on a bra after shoulder surgery (yep, you may have to re-learn that skill or just go about it differently for a little while), you may want to choose a bra with a clasp (front or back) or zipper (likely front) closure. While we love a pull over style, you’ll likely find it easier to take these types of closures on and off without affecting your shoulder as much.
Putting On a Bra After Shoulder Surgery
Now that you’ve picked a few bras that meet the above criteria, it’s time to actually put your bra on post-surgery. Start slowly and give yourself grace, patience and ample time to avoid unnecessary movement or pain to the affected area. You likely don’t realize how much you move your shoulder when putting on a bra the way you’re used to doing it, but you will right away if you try it post-procedure. If it’s too painful, we have a creative alternative to try.
Step Into the Bra and Pull Up
First, clasp the bra so that it is connected before you start trying to put it on (if it has straps, try to make slide adjustments prior as well). Then, sitting down, start the bra at your feet and step into it, pulling it up over your hips and waist gently then sliding an arm into each strap. Adjust breast tissue to sit properly in each cup as you would normally. Voila, a new way to get into your bra, without as much shoulder movement!
True&Co. Bras To Wear After Shoulder Surgery
Our entire lineup of True Body bras are made to be the ultimate in comfort and movability, with super soft microfiber that truly feels like a second skin. But a few of our designs suit themselves best to post shoulder surgery recovery, including a strapless style and two adjustable strap options.
A bra that can take you beyond post-procedure recovery, the very versatile True Body Strapless Multiway Bra is a workhorse when worn without straps, traditionally or crisscrossed for a racerback. This balconette design offers a bit of lift from lightly lined foam cups and shaping support from smoothing True Body microfiber. Flexible wires move with you and a double hook and eye closure ensures ample support from a properly fitting band.
Adjustable Strap Bra
A crowd favorite since its introduction, our True Body Lift Triangle Adjustable Strap Bra is engineered to elevate, with supportive lift of up to one full inch. Natural contour and all day comfort combine giving this style a five (out of five) star customer rating from both standard and full cup wearers. A heavier weight of our softest True Body fabric keeps it shape and stretch, even with daily wear and adjustable straps allow you to remove pressure from the affected shoulder post procedure, gently working back towards your normal fit as swelling subsides.
Seamless Adjustable Strap Bra
We originally designed our Seamless Convertible Bra to disappear under clothes, but fans have found that it does more than that, feeling barely there against your body, a perfect match for post-surgery recovery. A wide bottom band (with a double hook and eye closure) offers wirefree support without digging in, and slim, adjustable straps convert to racerback offering another configuration to maximize comfort. Stretchy material and lightly padded cups smooth and move as you do. Available in sizes up to 2X, this versatile style makes a great post surgery go-to.