Whats the Best Bra to Wear After the Post Op Period

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Breast Augmentation


The best bra is the best fitting one which is adjustable.  You should be able to place 2-3 fingers under the strap and fit 2-3 fingers under the strap around the chest.  Too much support is not beneficial as we want your breasts to drop into place and a poor fitting bra will support them in a way that will not allow the breast to descend.

Danville Plastic Surgeon
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Best bra to wear during the postoperative period


I usually have my patients wear a sports bra for several weeks following augmentation. After three months, I allow them to go back to using underwire bras.

John J. Edney, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Best bra to wear after breast augmentation


Most surgeons will have their favorites, though we use a soft cup stretch bra, often a Warner's bra with an upper breast band wrap right after surgery. Many different bras will do. The key is holding the implant still in the pocket with the band snug enough to hold the implant well seated into the breast fold. We keep patients in the band two weeks, and then in the bra alone for perhaps four more. After the four weeks any bra will do that you find comfortable or attractive, but keep in mind your breast may change for the next three to six months as the implant and breast work in together and blend as one.

Best of luck,


Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Best bra to wear after breast augmentation

You should follow the advice of your plastic surgeon. All plastic surgeons will have a different routine for post operative care. Your plastic surgeon understands your surgery and your anatomy and is in the best position for making this decision. Some plastic surgeons like underwire bras others want you to avoid their use.

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Sports Bra after Breast Augmentation


The best bra to wear after a breast augmentation is a sports bra. I recommend purchasing one that closes in the front so that you do not have to pull it over your head or reach behind your back. We want the bra to fit firmly but not too tight to where it cuts into your incisions. Most importantly, do not wear a bra that has any underwire for at least 6 weeks. Every doctor has their preference so it is important to discuss this with your plastic surgeon.

Leo Lapuerta, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Best bra after breast surgery


Many doctors have recommended bras for their patients in the immediate post-operative period and if yours does, then by all means follow that recommendation. I usually tell my patients to get a bra that has soft cups without seams as the seams can be irritating to the breast. Underwires are usually not comfortable right after surgery for most patients but I have had a few who found underwires more comfortable. Since there is often swelling around the rib cage, it is sometimes more comfortable to get a slightly larger band (a 36 instead of a 34, for example). What you need is one with good support that is comfortable as you will probably be wearing it 24/7 for a few weeks.

Margaret Skiles, MD
Sacramento Plastic Surgeon
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Best Bra Following Augmentation


I too have my patients wear a sports bra for a few weeks following augmentation.  If the implants are placed below the muscle as they almost always are, I also ask them to keep a strap on the upper poles of the breasts to encourage the implants to "drop".  I allow patients who have a circumareolar incision to wear an underwired bra sooner than those with an inframammary incision.

John Whitt, MD
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
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Post-op bra


Given that you had or are having a surgical breast procedure, I usually have my patients wear a sports type bra with no wires, and ones that I call "front loaders" where the zippers are in the front.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Best Bra for Post Op


I am assuming that you are referring to post op breast augmentation.  In most cases, I recommend a sports bra for the first two weeks and then any comfortable bra after that.  There really is no right answer and it likely does not make a big difference as long as you do have some support from the bra.


Good Luck.

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Your doctor must customize your garment and bra recommendations


Many recovery garments and bras are commercially available. Some garments are designed to prevent superior migration of the breast implant by compression and stabilization to its desired position. Other recovery bras elevate the breast superiorly to relieve pressure on the fresh incision and protect the shape on the bottom pole of the breast. Your best choice of garment and bra must be customized to the specific technical aspects of your cosmetic breast procedure that you have undergone.

To obtain long term natural looking breasts, your doctor must customize your garment and bra recommendations.

Chen Lee, MD
Montreal Plastic Surgeon
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