How Important is It to Wear my Surgical Bra?

I am currently 10 days post op and have been told by my doctor to wear my surgical bra for up to 6 weeks. I currently am only wearing it at night as it is VERY uncomfortable and gives me hideous shaped breast when worn under t shirts. I have 425cc high profile saline implants under the muscle. They look amazing when I'm not wearing the surgical bra. I'm just wondering how important it really is to wear this thing 24/7. I know some doctors require no surgical bras post op. I'm confused??

Doctor Answers (11)

The bra IS critical after breast augmentation

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I have been doing breast augmentation for over 25 years and in the last 3 years I have become increasingly restrictive about wearing a specific bra I fit to the patient (not just any bra, but a specific brand and size that is fit to them by me).  I ask that it be worn 24/7 X 3 months except showering.  I also restrict any activity that might move the implants like running, jumping, pec weight training, yoga.

That seems like a pain to most patients until I show them photos of how perfect the results are now by doing that with absolutely no subtle downward or outward drift that used to be considered "normal settling."  I wouldn't have ever believed what a difference it would make until doing this myself and folowing all the results closely at monthly intervals. 

 


Seattle Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 51 reviews

Use of Surgical Bra after Breast implant

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The use of surgical bra in the first 48 hours is to assist haemostesis in the surgical planes and in the pocket created for the implant. Its therefore is most important part for my patients .In the first ten days a surgical bra is supposed to take the weight of silicone gel implant which in fact are quite heavy for someone who never had any weight in front of the chest. And thereby helps to reduce the pain .However if the cup part of the surgical bra is too tight then it can becomes the source of pain and same is true for the lowest part of the bra .It should not be too tight. While using the bra the shoulder strap should not be loose otherwise the entire purpose of the bra to take the weight is lost. This is also true that a sports bra may be more comfortable after the initial period of first 3 weeks.

Ashok Govila, FRCS, MCh, MS
Dubai Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

Surgical Bra

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Different surgeons use different techniques. Your surgeon should know the optimal post operative care for the surgery which he performs. You can always ask your surgeon if you can alter the postoperative care, but ensure that is a collaborative decision in order to ensure the best possible results.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

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Bra after Breast Augmentation?

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Although the use of a surgical bra  is probably not “critical”, I would suggest that it would be in your best interest to follow your plastic surgeons advise. Ultimately, he/she is responsible for your care ( not online consultants).  You may want to run this question by him/her and you may be pleasantly surprised.
Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
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Follow your surgeon's advice

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The first weeks following breast augmentation are an important stage of your recovery. Because of this, it’s essential for patients to wear a bra that provides support for the breasts throughout the first eight weeks of recovery, preventing the implants from falling to the sides or "bottoming out" (when the implants move unfavourably downward). Although this complication isn’t common, some patients develop weaker scar tissue, providing less internal support for the implant. Surgeons are unable to determine who is at risk for this issue until implant displacement occurs. Wearing a bra helps to provide extra support during the healing process. In addition, some patients may receive extra support from a tensor bandage, wrapped around the chest at the top of the breasts. This bandage would be worn for the first two weeks. You should be wearing a good supportive bra day and night for the first 8 weeks after surgery. Please ask your surgeon if this is a good idea, as they may have different guidelines.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
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How Important is It to Wear my Surgical Bra?

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Most physicians will have their patients wear either a sports bra or surgical bra after a breast augmentation.  It is usually to provide support in the early post op period.  I typically have patients wear a sports bra for about 4 weeks.  You should follow the recommendation of your surgeon.  

Jon E. Rast, MD
Kansas City Plastic Surgeon
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How important is it to wear a surgical bra after breast augmentation?

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It is important to discuss the use of a surgical bra after breast augmentation with your plastic surgeon.  Every patient heals differently after surgery.  Surgical bras are important means of support during the post-operative period when the capsule is forming.  I have some patients wear an underwire support bra during this stage if I want to maintain position of the implant to keep it from dropping if I am concerned that a patient's capsule is not strong enough.  Other patients need to wear a superior band to help the implant settle inferiorly.  Why are there differences in patient healing?  Body changes such as a tight muscle, a weak muscle, thin scar or thick reactive scar can cause differences in healing after surgery.  The importance of your plastic surgeon's experience in giving you the correct post operative advice and instructions can not be over emphasized.  

Elizabeth S. Harris, MD
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
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The importance of surgical bras after breast augmentation

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Wearing a bra after breast augmentation is for two main reasons - support and comfort. With your new breast implants, your breasts are now almost half a kilo heavier each! Your skin, soft tissues and breasts need some time to get used to carrying around that extra weight, and a good comfortable surgical (or sports) bra with supportive shoulder straps will take the weight off your breasts and allow the healing and scar tissues to rebuild their strength in preparation for permanently taking the new weight. 

Of course your bra should be comfortable, and it may be that a different shape or make of bra will suit you better. Surgical bras or sports bras come in all shapes and sizes and you should find one that is adequately supportive but also comfortable.

 

Good luck!

Marc Pacifico, MD, FRCS(Plast)
London Plastic Surgeon
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Surgical bras are for comfort, not for results

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Quite a disagreement, however we believe the bra is for comfort, and should not make or break a result. If the breast pocket is just right a bra and band can provide comfort and speed settling in. If you look good and are comfortable we would tell you to go without if you wished.

Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Surgical bra

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Every surgeon is a bit different regarding the surgical bra issue. It is really a question you should ask your surgeon.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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