5 items Needed After Breast Reduction Surgery

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Going through the breast reduction procedure ended up being just as smooth as I could possibly dream. For months, I had the worst-case scenario envisioned. This paranoia lead me to research blog after blog on what to expect. The good news was I did not feel I had a terrible after surgery experience. I credit that in part to my preparedness with the items necessary for a smooth experience. I put together this list of my top five items needed to have a smooth breast reduction experience. Feel free to click on the item name or picture for more information on the product. If you have not already read about my breast reduction experience, you can do so here

5 Useful Items to Have After Breast Reduction Surgery_ The Shopping List You Need


Triangular Wedge Pillow

While researching, I found individual doctors have different sets of after surgery procedures; however one commonality I found was the suggestion to sleep on your back for the first several days after surgery. Many doctors suggest two to three weeks of back sleep while your stitching heals. This sounded like a nightmare to me! For as long as I can remember, I have been a side sleeper. I have never been able to comfortably sleep on my back. This lead me on a search for an angled wedge pillow to help keep me propped up and on my back. My hope was to find something comfortable enough for me to at least sleep a few continual hours during the night.

Although my doctor only required me to sleep on my back until it was comfortable enough to sleep on my side or my stomach (which only took a week or so), I have been back sleeping since the surgery.  This pillow is amazing! It is not only comfortable, but it is wide enough to keep me from tossing and turning. I truly feel as though I haven’t slept this well in years. Even though this was just supposed to be a surgery pillow, I believe I will keep it for good!

Zip Front Sports Bra

Your doctor may require a surgical bra to wear directly after breast reduction surgery. Unfortunately for you, mine did not. I do not know where to direct you for a quality surgical bra. However, at some point you will need to eventually work your way into a wire-free sports bra for the months following surgery. Although regular, over head bras are an option, I highly suggest the zip front option. This makes taking the bra on and off a breeze. This particular set it sturdy enough for support, but also cost effective. You do not want to start spending lots of money on the high end bras just yet, as your breast will not be true to size for several months following breast reduction surgery.

Zip Front Sweater

Immediately following breast reduction surgery, you will want to have a top that is easy to put on and take off. Of course, you can use a button down, but I preferred the zip front tops. These tops are the easiest to maneuver, when compared to having to button small buttons. This is especially handy just after surgery when you are still a little loopy from the anesthesia. Again, I wouldn’t spend too much money, as you will likely ooze and bleed on the shirts just a bit.

Infusion Water Bottle

This suggestion is more out of preference, than necessity. It is highly suggested to have a high intake of water in the weeks following your surgery. Staying hydrated helps your body, especially your skin, stay healthy and regenerate. You may not think of it as a traumatic experience, but your body has just gone under severe trauma. Anything you can do to help you keep a healthy  diet regimen will be beneficial. For myself, the infusion water bottle allows me to add flavors to my water naturally. That helps me intake more ounces of water in the day. My favorite combination is cucumber and lime. It gives a very refreshing taste I look forward to, instead of feeling like I have to have. Other common fruits used in diffusing water bottles are strawberries, kiwis, and lemons. You can be as creative as you like. Just make sure you get your water intake up!

Scar MD Cream

After my breast reduction surgery, I asked my surgeon if there was a scar cream he recommended. I was fully intending him to up-sell me on the higher end products he sold in his office. I was pleasantly surprised his suggestion was to use Scar MD. His reasoning behind suggesting this product was the fact it was silicone-based. This allows the collagen to regenerate quickly within the skin. He said if I did not choose scar MD, I should look for a silicone based product. I have only been using the product for a few days, but so far I am happy with it. I can clearly see the very thin barrier it creates when applied. It is gas permeable, so it is a breathable barrier. There is no discomfort when using scar MD. So far, I’m very happy with it.

Of course, every person has their own unique set of needs when going through a major surgery. This was just a list of the items I compiled using the commonalities in the blogs I read before my surgery. Instead of having to scour the internet for suggestions like I did, you can use this list of my top five items needed to have a smooth breast reduction experience.

Items Needed After Breast Reduction Surgery

13 thoughts on “5 items Needed After Breast Reduction Surgery”

  1. Hi Bryann!
    Any issues with the zip-up sports bras? Like the band rubbing on the incisions?
    Wonderful articles–hope your healing is now complete and your comfortable and free!
    All the best!

    1. Hello Laura! I did not have any issues with rubbing. I made sure to get a sports bra that was a little longer, so the edges would not hit at the creases of my breasts. It came down much further, which was very comfortable for me. The ones I have listed are the ones I used. I would definitely not recommend one the hug the creases of your breast because that will rub and take off the surgical tape that needs to stay on after surgery.

      My recovery was great! I am now almost 7 months post surgery and my scarring has lightened significantly it is all business as usual. 🙂

      Thank you so much for the kind words! Please let me know if I can help out in any other way!


  2. Hi there!
    When post-surgery did you start using the scar cream or when did the doctor recommend you start using it?

    1. I am so sorry for the delayed response. For the cream, I did not start until my my skin had fully healed. I believe it was a couple of months. Your doctor will let you know when is best for your situation, based on the type of surgery, incisions and stitches used.

      Thank you.


  3. Having mine at 10:45am tomorrow. Low key freaking out but just reminding myself of my why. Thanks for the tips…I need scar cream and bringing up a longer bra was super helpful. Ps my official response is “yes, I got new Tupperware just for you” to the dozens of people who have asked, “can ya send some my way? Lol.” Gosh if only they knew how many times I’ve heard that over the past 2 months! Haha thanks again!

    1. Hi Meg! I got that all the time! If they only knew… I hope you are recovering well and if you need any advice, I will do my very best! Have a woderful weekend!


  4. Hi Bryann, Your articles are so helpful. I have been looking on line and getting more anxiety than ever. Then I came across yours. So great. I was going to run out and buy big button shirts, and then I read about the zipper top. Great idea. And zipper sports bras. I am having my surgery at the end of this month. I have read that I will need soft white wash clothes, baby wipes, and gauze. What do you think?
    Just a little anxious, Chris

    1. I am so glad I was able to help a bit. As far as the white wash clothes, baby wipes and gauze, I did not have any of that. I think it was due to the type of procedure my doctor did. Your doctor should be able to tell you what he/she thinks based on their procedure.

      Best of luck!


  5. Hey there Bryan! I am have my breast reduction on Monday, October 5th. Thank you so much for posting information about what you should purchase after or before our surgery. My question is… What size sports bras should we get? I have never had luck with them in my past so not sure which size. Plus knowing that I will be larger after the surgery than what I will eventually be do to the swelling. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance! -Heather Dyche

  6. Really liked your articles. I am at week 3 post op of breast reduction. I had a major reduction from H to D. I am still having swelling and experiencing nerve pain. They did liposuction under both arms. I think that is where most of my pain is coming from. I am experiencing nerve damage and pain. I had a tremendous amount of bruising that is now slowly disappearing. I was told not to lift my arms above my head. Wonder why you were told different? I’m ready to get back to normal! Loving my new shape and can’t wait to go shopping. I am older 59 , but I’m good health. I suppose I’m looking for support and encouragement. When will normal come???

  7. Hi Bryann!! I am scheduled to have my breast reduction surgery in about 3 weeks and I am doing my research for items that will make the healing process a little more easier. I am looking for a good wedge pillow and I am conflicted on what size to use. I have been watching a ton of videos and reading a few blogs. I am torn between getting a 7.5, possibly 9 or 10in or a 12 in.

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