Surgical Bra After Breast Augmentation is Too Tight

I had ba done 1 week ago. Surg. Bra is so tight it's hard to breath. I'm wearing a medium surgical bra given by my ps. It's so tight it's hard to breathe and talk. I have to speak in short sentences and the bra keeps cutting in to my skin till I bleed. My ps says it's normal to be tight. Is he right is this expected should I just go buy a special bra. It's set for the loosest fitting. It's more painful from the Velcro being so tight. Please help. I also had tt with lipo of I/o thighs and flanks at the same time as the ba. Thanks for your help

Doctor Answers 6


These forums are intended for opinions or advice but not urgent medical information. I would call or page your surgeon ASAP emergently for concerns regarding shortness of breath or going to the Emergency Room. I would first remove the bra but not without the advice of your surgeon.

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 81 reviews

Surgical Bra After Breast Augmentation is Too Tight

Each surgeon has his or her guidelines for postoperative care. However, the bra should not be so tight that it prevents you from talking. Consult further with your surgeon as he or she knows the scope of the surgery and the specifics about you.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

Surgical Bra is Too Tight

Thank you for your question.
The bra should not be so tight that you cannot breath or talk.
I would suggest revisiting with your surgeon and getting a larger bra.
Best Wishes

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,488 reviews

Too tight bra

Your bra shouldn't prevent you from breathing normally. You should get something a little bigger and less restrictive. I find a soft cotton sportsbra to be helpful.

Michael Constantin Gartner, DO
Paramus Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 137 reviews

Get a better fitting bra

Your compression bra should not be so tight that it makes it difficult for you to breathe or cut into your skin until you bleed. It should be snug and provide good support, but you should still be able to breathe. Please return to your surgeon and get a better fitting bra.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 176 reviews

Surgical Bra Too Tight

I don't believe tight surgical bras do anything but make it uncomfortable for the patient.  I would recommend you just take it off and wear a sports bra but you need to check with your PS

Mark A. Schusterman, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 77 reviews

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