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Sports Bra and Tighter Bra After Breast Implants?

I'm post-op breast augmentation from a 34AA to full C (400cc). I want to know how long do you wear a sports bra and would a tighter one be best apposed to a comfortable bra?

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Bra after implants is individual


The decision to wear a bra immediately after breast augmentation is an individual one and you should discuss this with your surgeon. In my practice, I encourage my patients to wear a sports bra to give support to the added weight from the implants to give gentle compression to help reduce any swelling. Good luck.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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To Bra or not to Bra, there is no right answer


There is no right answer that has been investigated in a scientific manner. Most surgeons have their own routine, though none can prove they are right. Personally, I ask my patients to switch to a tight, elastic sports bra with a wide lateral strap on the day after surgery and to wear it for several days or longer. My theory is that the pressure reduces some of the swelling. After several days, this should no longer be effective. I then tell them that they can switch to any comfortable inexpensive bra that fits well. I also advise them that they will have to change size bra as the swelling resolves, and not to buy a nice, expensive bra for at least 2-3 months.

Robert T. Buchanan, MD
Highlands Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Not enough info?


I usually place the implants under the muscle. It usually takes ~3-4 weeks before they start to drop into place. I won't let patients wear a bra until the implants are where they need to be and things look the best they will look. This may take months. Additionally, I have my patients wear an uncomfortable band to push the implants down for several weeks after surgery.

I never want a bra to be uncomfortable, or worse, painful, as this can cause serious problems.

Discuss this with your surgeon over an exam- he is the best one to guide you toward a happy ending.


Scott E. Kasden, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

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Ask your surgeon regarding post-op care


There is no standard to post-op care is concerned. Some situations need more support and some require less. Ask your surgeon. Most of the time, if the surgery went according to plan, I will have my patients do what is comfortable and often suggest going without a bra to allow the soft tissues to accommodate more naturally around the implant and allow gravity to help the implants shape the breasts while instructing use of a sports bra when exercising or doing sports.

Robin T.W. Yuan, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Follow advice of surgeon about bras post op from breast augmentation.


You should follow advice from your PS regarding which kind of bra is good for you in your unique situation.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Every surgeon has his own protocols


As our answers to your question demonstrate, there is no one right protocol for bra use after breast augmentation, and you should listen to your surgeon's plan and follow it carefully. Personally, I use a bra that has an adjustable band that sits across the top of the implants, so as to help keep the implants from riding up. I place may patients in this right after surgery and they wear it night and day for a few weeks. I have found it very helpful in keeping the implants where I want them, but there are obviously many ways to get the same result.

Shahram Salemy, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Ask your surgeon


There are so many variables that must be considered in order to answer your question, that you would be best served by asking your particular surgeon the question you posed.

In some cases, I have a patient wear a bra, and in some I specifically may advise against it. Sometimes, I may not have the patient wear a bra and may even put an elastic strap across the top of the chest to "seat" the implants.

Darrick E. Antell, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Bra or not?


Corpus Christi,

This is a question that only your surgeon should answer. Every surgeon has his/her own protocol for bra use after breast augmentation surgery. You should follow the instructions that your personal surgeon provides. If he/she has not told you what to wear, call their office and ask. Good luck!

Kenneth R. Francis, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Bras After Breast Implants


One should wear what is comfortable whether it’s a sports bra, no bra, or camisole. I generally do not recommend wearing an underwire for the first month. After that, one can do what they like as the shape and symmetry have been determined.

Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Best sports bra?

Dear a,
Thank you for your post. I am very protective of my patients with augmentations who are runners. I recommend that they buy the athleta underwire sports bra with the front straps. My patients really like this bra for running and find that it holds them very stable. Some patients use an additional regular sports bra on top of this for extra security. Some like it for everyday wear in the initial post-operative period.  Using a regular sports bra that just compresses the breast together rather than cups that keep their shape can cause flattening of the breasts especially in the early post operative period and wearing a bra that doesn't have enough support, especially when running or any bouncing type activity, can cause bottoming out or stretching of the breasts.
Best wishes,
Pablo Prichard, MD

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