Almost 6 weeks ago I had breast augementation. 400cc textured, round, mentor silicone implants (high profile) were placed under the muscle. I naturally have wide breasts. When can I safely wear a push up bra to enhance cleavage? I understand that I would not wear it all the time. Does my picture look as though they are abnormally far apart?
How Long After Breast Augmentation Can I Wear a Push-up Bra?
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WHEN can begin to wear Push-Up Bra after Breast Augmentation
As with everything involving Medicine and Surgery, what we do involves some factual science and a lot of habit ("I always ...") as well as unsubstantiated opinion. While some surgeons are more questioning and introspective than others- all surgeons, by their very nature, are opinionated (Best demonstrated by the surgical adage that they may be wrong but rarely in doubt).
Push up bras place a higher pressure along the inferior border of the breast and raise the implants bringing about a higher and central position which is the opposite direction of gravity. In certain cases of Breast REDUCTION (those using an inferior blood supply (IE Pedicle) such pressure may compromise the blood supply to the nipple. In Breast Augmentation this is NOT a consideration. However, when looking at the breasts, we want to make sure that the lower pole of the breast is rounded and that the implants are located directly behind the nipples - NOT higher. Putting the patient in such a bra will stop the maturation of the surgical result and may keep the breasts implants abnormally high by allowing scarring in the lower pocket.
There is nothing magical about WHEN (4, 6, 8 or whatever weeks after surgery) a push up bra can be worn. That is the fetish / habit part of surgical thinking I was referring to. More importantly is to look at the breasts and ask yourself - have you achieved THE LOOK you desired?
When looking at your breasts, you have a straight line from the nipples to the breast hold and increased upper pole fullness. The breasts would look a LOT nicer if you allowed the implants to stretch the lower poles a bit more and get that attractive curve BEFORE splinting it all with a push up bra.
Dr. P. Aldea
Push Up Bra After Surgery
Congratulations on having undergone the breast augmentation procedure. The question regarding the use of bras is surprisingly common on this website; there is no “standard” when it comes to the use of specific bras or garments after breast surgery. In other words, different plastic surgeons may have different practices when it comes to postoperative dressings/bras. Therefore, best to check with your plastic surgeon. For example, in my practice, patients wake up with a surgical bra in place. This surgical bra, although not attractive, is supportive and used for about one month after surgery (some of my patients have been known to burn the bra ASAP). Then, patients transition to a soft sports bra. Wired bras are used when breast implants have reached their “final position” and patients have full sensation along the breast skin. Best wishes; hopefully, you will be very pleased with the longer-term outcome of the procedure performed.
Wait a month for a bra
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I do not recommend pushup or wired bras for 6 weeks after breast augmentation. I do not want the bra to irritate the scar and I want the implant to drop into position. I worry that a bra pushing up on the implant may cause the implant to not migrate downwards leading to a malposition problem. I wish you a safe recovery and fantastic result!
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I typically recommend to my patients that they don't wear an underwire or push-up bra for 6 weeks after breast augmentation. After your surgery, the implant needs ample time to settle into place and for the tissue to heal. There is a tendency for the implants to move up if too much lift is created by the garment you are wearing during the early weeks after surgery. You don't want anything to interfere with the normal healing process or to cause the implant position to be too high. I would advise you to follow the advice of your surgeon, since many surgeons have differing opinions on this matter.
Avoid Push-Up Bras for 6-8 Weeks Following Breast Augmentation
We generally avoid using push-up bras for six to eight weeks following breast augmentation. There are two reasons for this approach. First, when patients undergo sub muscular placement of breast implants, the pectoral major muscle may undergo spasm in the early post-operative period. This may force the implant in an upward direction and lead to malposition. When this situation arises we utilize compression to force the implant in a downward direction. A push up bra would have the opposite effect.
Another reason for avoiding push-up bras in the immediate post-operative period is the potential for the bra to irritate a fresh surgical incision. An infamammary incision would be directly beneath the push-up bra this might lead to irritation of the incision.
After six to eight weeks wound healing and muscle spasm should no longer be an issue. In most breast augmentation patients, it is reasonable to resume the use of push-up bras at this time.