Going Bra-less After Implants?

Is a Bra Required to Be Worn Threw out Having Implants?

Doctor Answers 12

Post-Op Care Needs To Be Individualized

There doesn’t appear to be a consensus amongst plastic surgeons regarding use of bras following breast augmentation surgery.Many plastic surgeons tell their patients it doesn’t make a difference, while others tell their patients that bras are an absolute necessity in the postoperative period.Unfortunately, there’s no scientific studies that clarify this issue.
A complex relationship exists between breast tissue, wound healing, breast implants, and gravity in patients who have undergone breast augmentation surgery.It makes sense that breast implants can exert significant downward pressure on the soft tissue of the breasts.Over the course of time, this might lead to soft tissue stretching and bottoming out of breast implants.
For this reason, we feel it’s appropriate to wear a bra for support following breast augmentation surgery.This is especially true when larger implants have been used and placed on top of the pectoralis muscles.
It’s important to realize that each patient’s situation is unique.For this reason, postoperative care should be individualized.Under these circumstances, it’s appropriate that you discuss this issue with your plastic surgeon.Your surgeon should be able to formulate a treatment plan that’s appropriate for you.

Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 193 reviews

I allow my patients to go braless after breast implant surgery

After breast implant surgery, I actually prefer my patients go bra-less.  This is because I want the force of gravity to help the breast implants settle into a natural position. I find that when my patients go bra-less, the implants drop faster and look more natural faster.

Matthew Schulman, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 325 reviews

I do suggest wearing a bra after breast implants

Each surgeon may differ with postoperative recommendations and wearing bras post augmentation.  In general, I suggest that all of my patients wear a bra as much as they possibly can.  The implants will certainly setlle on their own over time, I'm typically not worried about accelerating this process.  What I DON'T want to happen is ongoing gravity affecting the shape and appearance of the breasts, and the best way to combat this is through support - via a bra.  Certainly, an occasional event without a bra is understood, but to constantly go braless is just asking for gravity to take your breast shape and drag it down.  It will not happen instantly, but it will happen over time.  The implants basically act as a small (or large, depending on the size of the implant) battering ram constantly putting pressure and stretch on the lower portion of your breast tissue and skin, and your breast tissue and skin will lose that fight every time.

So, if you want to avoid seeing your plastic surgeon for a breast lift for as long as possible, wear a bra.

Samuel Sohn, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

Bra after breast augmentation

Every surgeon is a bit different with regards to wearing a bra post-op.  I prefer patients wear a wireless bra until sensation comes back to normal in the lower pole of the breast expecially if I have used an inframammary incision.  This usually means about 6 weeks in my practice.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Going Bra-less After Implants?

Let's face it the female breast is not a structure which is known for its ability to resist sagging and drooping. Time and gravity will beat the perkiest pair of breasts every single time.

So - what you are essentially asking is - "If I add a lot more weight to my breasts (IE the implants) do I need to wear a bra after wards?" Well - as every one who has watched a Roadrunner cartoon would tell you, every time you are handed a heavy object (such as an anvil or boulder in the case of Wylie Coyote...) you are NOT going to float up but are going down faster.  Adding weight to a structure is is naturally prone to sagging, makes it MORE prone to sagging.

If you want to keep the perky breast appearance longer it would be prudent on your part to combat gravity in any way you can. Wearing a bra is probably the most straight forward way to do so.

Dr. Peter A Aldea

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 104 reviews

Going bra-less

Thank you for your question. I often recommend that patients find a sports bra that opens in the front and that is comfortable to wear. They can take breaks during the day and I also encourage breast massage after a week. It is important for your implants to move around and develop a comfortable space (or capsule) within the breast.  Going bra-less is an option.  I do find that swelling may take longer in this instance to resolve.  More importantly, I would follow your surgeon's instructions as they know what was done during the surgery.

Young R. Cho, MD, PhD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Bras are necessary after breast augmentation

For at least 2 weeks it is necessary IMO to wear a bra and when I use an implant bigger than 350 or so, I have recently gone to an underwire bra 24/7/8 weeks to help heal the implants in place.

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

You Will Probably Be Wearing A Bra After Implants

Disclaimer: Every surgeon has different post-operative instructions, or preferences, regarding post-operative care. You should listen to your own surgeon

These are my post-op instructions:

Immediately after surgery, the patient is placed in a surgical bra that is given to them. The surgical bra will provide support and be snug but not tight or compressive. Additionally, the surgical bra will not have an underwire.

At the one-week follow up, I instruct my patients to continue wearing the surgical bra if they like it and/or are comfortable with it. That said, they can wear any sports bra they like as long as it is snug, provides support for the breast, but not be too tight or compressive, and does not have any underwire.

The reason you don't want an underwire is because the underwire can dig into the incision while it is still healing. This could create complications, which is something that all patients and doctors want to avoid!

The patient can return to a wired bra once the incision has healed. This is typically at 4 to 6 weeks. By this time, the patient will have had their one-month follow up. At this time, a patient may also go bra-less if she is more comfortable with that.

William Rahal, MD
Beverly Hills Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Bra after Implants?

Thank you for your question.  For the first four weeks following a breast augmentation, I do request that my patients wear a light weight sports bra with front closure.  After the first month, the choice is up to the patient to continue use of any bras.  Every surgeon is different and each will have their own specific post-op protocol, so I would recommend that you defer to your operating surgeons specific instructions with regard to bra use in the post-op period.  Best of luck!

Stephen T. Greenberg, MD
Woodbury Plastic Surgeon
3.9 out of 5 stars 54 reviews

Bra wearing after surgery

Feel free to go braless if you have implants, but I wouldn't recommend it. The lack of support can stretch out the breast tissues, leading to sagging.

Ronald Levine, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

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