How Long Should Bandages Stay on After Breast Aug?

I had my surgery a week ago. I was suppose to get my bandages off today and he changed the date till next week. 2 weeks seems a bit long to have bandages on since everything I read says people were taking showers a coupld days after.

Doctor Answers 17

Post-Operative Wound Management

It's important to understand that every surgeon has his own post-operative wound management routine. These routines vary for a variety of reasons.

In our practice, we place steri-strips over the wound edges following breast augmentation for approximately two to three weeks. For the first 24 hours, the wound is covered with a gauze dressing. After 24 hours, dressings are removed and patients are allowed to shower. At this point, patients are switched to a sports bra.

If you have questions about your post-operative wound care, it's important to contact your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon should be able to clarify his rationale.

Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 194 reviews

No consensus

There are no studies with thousands of woman to demonstrate if one dressing is better than another or what duration yields the best results. This is why plastic surgeons develop their own approach that works for them based on their patient population and results. Call and ask your surgeon, but the real answer is that it probably doesn't matter.

Evan Feldman, MD, FACS
Texas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 88 reviews

Bandages post BA

Some surgeon like to leave bandages like steri strips on for a longer time to improve the appearance of a scar due to the pressure on the incision.  This may be your surgeon's strategy.  

John Michael Thomassen, MD
Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

How Long Should Bandages Stay on After Breast Au

There is no real standard, and each surgeon has a protocol for post op dressings. Mine is just to use steristrips on the incision and a bra. SInce there has been a delay, call your surgeon and ask if there is any reason why you can 't remove it yourself.


All the best. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

How Long Should Bandages Stay On After Breast Augmentation?

Every surgeon has a way of doing their professional work and they also have their dressing protocols after breast augmentation surgery. There is no actual set period that bandages should stay after surgery. It all depends on the surgeon’s directions on when is the right time to remove the bandages after surgery results. Please consult your surgeon for his or her instruction.

Colin Hong, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Bandages after Breast Augmentation Surgery?

Keep in mind, that there are many different ways of handling “bandages” after plastic surgical procedures;  there is no right way. Disregard the “I do it this way” responses and follow your own plastic surgeon's recommendations.

 Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,500 reviews

Bandages After Breast Augmentation #breastimplants

There is no set time. Usually it is personal preference by the surgeon. I use medical glue when possible and that stays on for weeks. If I use steri strips and sometimes I have them there for weeks. Just talk to you surgeon.

Richard J. Brown, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

Bandages after breast augmentation

I don't use any post-operative bandage other than a small amount of skin glue.  I usually recommend a shower at 48 hours post op.  I would discuss your concerns with your doctor.

Sacha Obaid, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 136 reviews

Breast augmentation and bandages

Each surgeon is a bit different in terms of dressings. For my breast augmentations I usually just place some steri-strips over the incisions and a ligth gauze over the strips. The patients were a soft sports bra and can take the dressings off the next day and shower as they want.

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

When to change bandages following a breast augmentation

Every plastic surgeon has his own post operative routines.  Two weeks does seem excessive and there is probably no reason why you can not remove the bandages at this point.   If you want to remove them then call the office for advice.  Your plastic surgeon is in the best position to answer this question for you.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

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