Type of Bras for After Surgery?

Is it very important for us to wear surgical bra 24-7 for few months? If so, why? I wonder if I can wear sport bra because its comfortable than surgical bra.

Doctor Answers 9

Type of Bras for After Surgery?

Congratulations on having undergone the breast augmentation procedure. The question  regarding the use of bras is quite 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, patient's transition to a soft sports bra for about 3 months. 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.

Sports bra may also work, but ask your surgeon

I recommend you wear a bra for the first eight weeks of recovery to minimize the risk of displacement. However, you should really ask your surgeon, as they may have different guidelines

A sports bra is good.

Type of Bras for After Surgery?

Thank you for your question. A sports bra is fine as long as you can adjust the straps, which is usually an issue.  There should be adjustable straps you can fit 2-3 fingers under so the breast is not overly supported.  This allows the breast to descend in the pocket.  Over supported and they heal in too high and the pocket forms too high on the chest wall.  If you have a sports bra that is not overly tight or one with straps that are not too tight, then it will work fine. I hope this helps.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Type of bra after breast augmentation

A good support bra is all that is required after surgery.  If you can get this degree of support from a sports bra then this is completely acceptable.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Type of bra after surgery

Every surgeon has their own experience . I personally prefer cotton sports bra for at least 6 weeks ( they are cheap, easy to find , easy to wash and comfortable) .  

As general guidelines : no wire , no lace or seams on cup area , no non-breathable  fabrics for the first 4-6 weeks . 

Best wishes 

Katherine Feliz Camilo, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

No Bra Needed

I recommend a sports bra for a week after surgery and then I am ok with a patient continuing the sports bra for another 3 weeks but it is ok if take it off and use nothing sporadically. I have never seen an incision open accept for cases of sexual misadventure early on. Wire bra ok after a month. I think the strap on upper pole of the breast for 2 weeks is more important than presence of bra

Joshua B. Hyman, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

Bra was are worn continuously for several weeks after breast augmentation primarily for comfort.

Which type of bra is to be worn and how often will be determined by your surgeon. In my practice we asked that the patient's where a bra when they are up in about for at least a month. At other times they will wear them for comfort.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Bra advice

Here's what we suggest:  No underwire bra x 4 weeks (wear a sports bra during this time).  After that, assuming normal healing of your incision, you may wear any kind of bra you like.

But, I would suggest you speak with your surgeon first.  If internal suturing (plication stitches) were placed, for example, you may be in a different category than someone who just had a routine breast augmentation.

Type of Bras for After Surgery?

As I wouldn't want another surgeon advising my patients site unseen, I prefer not to do so to another's patient.

I can say that our instructions are guidelines, and are not immutable, so a call to your doc should get you the right response. All the best. 

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