Why do some surgeons believe in surgical bra or no bra at all for recovery?

I'm torn between a couple of surgeons for my breast augmentation. Some provide a surgical bra right after surgery and make you wear it for 2weeks and some don't want you to wear anything for a couple of weeks. What are your thoughts and suggestions? I don't want to end up with saggy boobs and it's sounds like with no support I'll get that.

Doctor Answers 12

Why do some surgeons believe in surgical bra or no bra at all for recovery?

Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well, I recommend my patients to wait and keep using a post surgical bra for 3 months, that will help you with the shape and support.



Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 360 reviews

Why do some surgeons believe in surgical bra or no bra at all for recovery?

In my opinion the surgical bra is placed immediately after surgery to supply support and comfort for your breast after augmentation.  However in my practice I encouraged patients to go braless as soon as they're comfortable doing so to help encourage the implant to drop into its final position.  I do not think it is necessary to wear a surgical bra to prevent sagging of the implant.

Surgical Bra or Compression Garment After Breast Augmentation

Thank you very much for your question. Every surgeon will have his/her own recovery protocol, which may or may not include a surgical bra based on the technique they use. Carefully review your surgeon’s board certification, and discuss your expected results, before deciding on the right doctor for your situation. Then, for the most satisfying results, carefully follow your operating surgeon’s advice during the recovery period. 

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 104 reviews

Surgical bra after breast augmentation

For the first two weeks after breast augmentation, the main argument for a surgical bra/sports bra is to provide gentle pressure over the breasts which usually minimizes pain and swelling. Some surgeons also feel this reduces the risk of bleeding after surgery.  Most importantly, it is important to discuss this issue with your chosen surgeon prior to surgery to be comfortable with his post-operative plan.

Sports bra after a BA

I fiind that patients are more comfortable in a sports bra.  I give my patients a sports bra that I found is light, comfortable and supportive.  I suppose some surgeons don't recommend one, but it is surgeon preference.  Personally, I just ask my patients what they prefer.  Unanimous "sports bra".  

Hope that helps and best wishes!

Dr. Morales

ABPS Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Houston, Tx

Rolando Morales Jr, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Bra or no Bra after Breast Augmentation

Great question !!  As for my practice, the implants are placed under the muscle in a pocket that is made for the implants to freely move in.  My patients are wrapped with ace bandages for two days and then we start massage exercises and no bra is worn for about 6 weeks.  It will take awhile for the muscles to relax and allow the implants to settle in the pocket to have a very natural look. 

Eric Schaffer, MD
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

#breastaugmentationrecovery and compression after #breastaugmentation

I prefer to use post operative compression in my patients. In my opinion it reduces post operative swelling and hematomas as well as reduces the risk of implant migration.

Jack Peterson, MD
Topeka Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Why do some surgeons believe in surgical bra or no bra at all for recovery?

This seems to be a matter of personal preference. Some surgeons believe that the surgery itself, and your ability to heal, dictate your final results, not the use of external factors (such as bands, bras, etc.). Others swear by the use of surgical bras. Best to choose your surgeon based upon the results he or she achieves. At my practice, we utilize a series of 5 breast measurements that help me determine the ideal implant size, which in turn helps me deliver a 24 hour recovery breast augmentation. Do your research and choose a surgeon who takes the time to sit down with you and discuss your goals/expectations. Good luck!!

Surgical bra - yes or no?

Thank you for your question!

Please know that each plastic surgeon may have their own opinion that is based on their education, preferences, and personal experience. There are currently no guidelines or research-based evidence that supports or rejects the use of surgical bras after breast surgery.

That being said, various patient preference studies in literature, and from my own personal experience, patients experience less post-operative discomfort in a bra after surgery and prefer the additional support.

The support by the bra may prevent the implant’s movement and therefore minimizing the risk of malposition of the implant in the newly created pocket. Sometimes, the bra may prevent the implants from dropping adequately. So it truly depends on your breasts and how they respond to the implants.

That being said, you should not choose your surgeon based on whether they recommend a surgical bra or not, because ultimately the important aspect is their experience in the procedure you want, and they success rate in creating the outcome you are hoping to achieve.

Hope this helps.

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 427 reviews

Bra or Not After Surgery ?

Wearing a bra after surgery is a matter of preference and experience on the part of the surgeon.  I don't think there is one right answer and you can query your surgeon on why they do what they do. I have found that patients are more comfortable in a  bra after surgery and seem to prefer the added support.  I keep patients in good support for varying amounts of time after surgery...it all depends on how their tissues are responding to the implants.

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