Should I switch from the underwire bra I was fitted for by Dr referral to no wire bra, 3 weeks after a breast lift, no implant?

Breast lift no implant 8/29. 2 days later switched 2 soft sports bra due 2 surgical bra cutting under incisions. 9/20 Dr referred me 2 be fitted in underwire bra. Saw him once fitted, said it's good. I have text in to his nurse. Having pain and soreness ever since. Taking Tylenol to address and end up removing bra after a few hrs. Don't want to screw up end results. Trust Dr. He Did LBL yr ago. Great. Concerned what I should be wearing. Swelling under that incision there since day 1 post op.

Doctor Answers 5

Surgical bra

Hello dear, thanks for your question. 

How long I have to wear my post-surgical bra after a Breast surgery?

I always recommend my patients to wear their prost-surgical bra for at least 3 months from surgery day.

Then you can change to an sports bra and continue using it for at least 6 months from surgery. It is a process and we have to give support and protection to our breasts.

Compression is good for our breasts after a this procedure, we have to protect our post-surgical results and we will have a great surgery outgoing!! 

But I recommend to ask to your PS, because each surgeon has their own politics.

Good luck :)

Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 418 reviews

No wire

I agree that you should direct your specific questions to your surgeon, as everybody has their own protocol for post-op instructions. That said, in our practice, we discourage underwire bras after any breast surgery for 4 weeks. It sounds like your pain started with the bra, so maybe it's best if you stick with a soft sportsbra for now. Ask your surgeon to be sure. Good luck!

Mark E. Mason, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Bra to wear

Specific questions like this are best answered by your surgeon who might have specific post-op instructions he would like you to follow. Best of luck.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Breast Lift / Breast Augmentation/ Breast Implants/ Anatomic Gummy Bear Implants/ Silicone Implants

I appreciate your question.

I would recommend that you discuss this question with your surgeon as every surgeon has their own respective post op protocol for his/her patients.  Your surgeon is your best resource as he/she is most familiar with your medical history and how you are healing at this time.

The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.

Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery.

Best of luck!

Dr. Schwartz

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon


Jaime S. Schwartz, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 93 reviews

Underwire bra after a breast lift

In all cases where you feel a concern seek out your surgeon . Every surgeon has varying protocols . Because your incision is giving you discomfort it is best to have it looked at if possible. 

Walton Montegut, MD
Newport Beach Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

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