Almost 6 weeks ago I had breast augementation. 400cc textured, round, mentor silicone implants (high profile) were placed under the muscle. I naturally have wide breasts. When can I safely wear a push up bra to enhance cleavage? I understand that I would not wear it all the time. Does my picture look as though they are abnormally far apart?
How Long After Breast Augmentation Can I Wear a Push-up Bra?
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Cleavage and push-up bras after breast augmentation
At 6 weeks post-op, I inform all my patients they can be formally fitted for new well fitted bras. This does not include wearing push-up bras. Regular use of push-up bras can result in a loss of side-boob and abnormally positioned implants (implants shifted too close to the midline). This is because the implant pocket on the outer aspect can close up and "tighten". This problem may require further surgery to release the outer pocket and re-position the implant.
So to answer your question, only on the very odd occasion/outfit should you wear a push-up bra - otherwise don't wear them. Consider this a general rule for at least 6 months.
Also, a few factors can affect the potential cleavage achievable after augmentation. These include:
- choosing the appropriate diameter implant
- the implant profile
- the shape of your chest wall - yours appears somewhat barrel shaped? This makes a deep cleavage more difficult to achieve
- ensuring the implant pocket is created appropriate to the position of your ideal breast footprint and nipple position. Your implant seems somewhat laterally placed with your nipples off-centre and towards the midline.
- the quality of your skin and tissues along the cleavage area - is it tight and tethered to the chest bone/sternum or is it loose and mobile?
- the quality of your chest muscle/pectoralis muscle (relevant for all under the muscle implant placements).
Basically, even if the surgeon has done everything technically perfect, it is not always possible to achieve a tight deep cleavage.
Breasts look normal
It depends on where your incision placement is. Your incisions will get inflamed if you wear a bra with underwire while they heal. You should wait until your incisions are fully healed before you wear a bra with underwire. However, you should ask your surgeon first.
Follow your surgeon’s recommendation
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I would recommend following up with your operating surgeon to discuss your concerns especially with respect to the distance between your breasts. In the absence of pre-operative photos it is difficult to determine whether this is your natural anatomy because some patients just have wide set breasts to begin with. All the best!
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Congratulations on having undergone the breast augmentation procedure. The question regarding the use of bras is surprisingly 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, patients transition to a soft sports bra. 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.
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