What Does Post-operation Bra Do to the New Breasts?

Providing support or compression? I'm asking the question because my current one (sports bra) is a bit too tight on me, and I'm worried about the blood circulation of my new breasts. It becomes really uncomfortable when sleeping. Would it be ok if I just use one that is loose enough to provide support only, but not compression? Thank you!

Doctor Answers (9)

Post-Augmentation Bra

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Hello. A post-operation bra provides compression, reduces pain, and supports the breasts. If you feel that your current bra is too tight, you should get a larger size, as long as it provides some support and compression.

 

Jaime Perez, MD
Breast Augmentation Specialist
Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa


Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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Bra after breast augmentation

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It’s essential for you to wear a bra that provides support and compression 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.

If your bra is uncomfortable, please talk to your surgeon.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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What Does Post-operation Bra Do to the New Breasts?

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In general post operative bras give support to the breasts while the new shape of the breast is forming. They help hold the implant in position while the capsule is forming around the breast. I like my patients in some kind of gentle support bra, not too tight, for at least 3 months. No wired bras should be used either. Bras should have no affect on your breast circulation.

Richard J. Brown, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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A bra after most breast augmentation procedures is not critical

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Hello,

Most breast augmentation patients do not have a specific need for a bra in the early recovery period.  In fact, it is in this period that we are waiting for the breast tissue to relax and allow the implant to shape the breast as we have intended.  With larger breast implants and with thinner breast tissue it is conceivable that a bra in the early period of recovery will help maintain the implant position as the new capsule forms.  Since your plastic surgeon knows your body and goals better i would be ideal to ask him/her about the post-operative bra wearing instructions.

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Bra after Breast Surgery?

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Thank you for the question.

Your plastic surgeon will be your best resource in this situation. You will find that you will probably receive conflicting/confusing advice online. Generally speaking, the bra should not make you feel “uncomfortable”  or too tight;  I would suggest that you loosen it for now and discuss details with your plastic surgeon.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
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Support Bra After Breast Augmentation

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The support bra after augmentation should provide firm, but comfortable support - ideally along the lower and lateral borders of the breasts.  If it is uncomfortable or painful, then it is too tight.  Front clasps or zippers work the best in terms of ease of use.  These plans are surgeon dependent, so you should check with yours to confirm what he or she recommends.

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Post op bra too tight

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If the bra is too tight and uncomfortable you should notify your surgeon to discuss options or their preferences.  In my practice, I recommend patients where a loose fitting bra that closes in the front, so they don't have to reach around their back, for three weeks.  Bras that are too tight may hold the implants up high and prevent them from dropping.  This could lead to the need for further surgery to reposition or lower an implant that ends up sitting to high.

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Hello

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You did not mention how far along you are from your surgery. In our practice we tell our patients to wear a camisole for the first 6 weeks after that you are able to wear whatever you want. If you implants have not dropped into position you should not be wearing anything that is going to hold them up in place. Sports bras are good if you out far enough the tightness has nothing to do with the circulation.

 

Stuart B. Kincaid, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Post-op Bra too tight

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Lotus--

Thanks for your question--you should really address this one to your surgeon.

Surgeons each have their own post-op care plans-some of us use bras, some ace bandages, some bandeaus, some nothing but a light dressing. So obviously, there is no one right way to do this.

A  dressing of any kind that is too tight is a potential problem. Loosen it now, and call your surgeon.

 

Best wishes.

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
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