Finding the Right Sports Bra After Breast Implants
Being able to return to exercise is a significant milestone after breast augmentation. Finding the right sports bra after breast implants isn’t always easy. The Sports Bra you used to wear will not fit properly or provide the level of support you need for your new breasts. Instead of just wearing any old sports bra, you will want to protect your investment. You’ll need a high quality, well designed sports bra that offers both support and comfort.
Finding a good fit with implants
You would have agreed with your doctor on the size you wanted to be, but other factors can influence that actual bra size that will fit properly. Implants provide a ‘full’ cup and tend to run wider than a natural breast. Your existing breast tissue prior to surgery also needs to be allowed for. These factors can often result in you needing a larger cup size than what your doctor originally told you. Please refer to our ‘determine your size’ guide.
Compression or Encapsulation Sports bra?
Many sports bras are compression style; elastic, stretchy fabric pulled over the head and down over the chest to immobilize the breasts against your chest. Compression may give the feeling of support as your breasts are pushed tightly together against the chest, but immobilization is not support. They do not fully support the ligaments and other connective tissues that hold the breast in position. Compression bras also don’t allow any extra room and can be uncomfortable for ladies with implants.
For ladies with breast implants we highly recommend an encapsulation style sports bra, or one that uses both compression and encapsulation. These bras have deeper, shaped, or moulded cups. They support each breast separately and hold them snugly in place. An encapsulation style sports bra will protect your implants from being squeezed unnecessarily. They will also take the burden off the delicate breast ligaments and tendons. It is best to avoid S-M-L sizing and looks for sports bras that have specific back and cup sizes like traditional everyday bras. This provides more sizing options to allow for your fuller breast implants.
Adjustable shoulder straps allow greater customisation to create a better fit and level of support based on your body shape. Straps that are set widely apart and are wider or padded are more comfortable and prevent your implants being squashed towards your cleavage. Some racer back styles can pull the breasts closer to the body which may not be as comfortable with implants, but this does depend on the overall design of the sports bra.
Band Width and Closures
Approximately 70% of support from a sports bra comes from the band. It is important that the band fits flat against your torso and does not move around as you move in different directions. Sports bras with a back closure offer greater customisation of fit and comfort compared to sports bras that are put on over the head and have no closure.
Wirefree or Underwired?
It is recommended to start with a wire-free sports bra after breast augmentation surgery. Once you have completely healed and have your surgeons ok you can progress to underwired bras. However we have found that as implants can be wider than a natural breast, the shaping of the underwire isn’t always a great fit and the non wired sports bras can be more comfortable.
Sports Bra Suggestions
We hope the information above is useful in helping you choose an appropriate sports bras after having breast implants. However the sports bras you ultimately choose will also vary a lot based on personal preference of style, colour etc. Below is a few recommendations to get you started.