Compression Bra With Band On Top, But I Feel Like the Bottom of Breasts Should Be Bigger?

My PS has be wearing a compression bra with the band on top after my breast augmentation. I am 3 weeks post op and of course my breast are still high and swollen but It seems the bottom of my breast should be bigger. I know that i should wait for at least 3 months for them to be in place. I just think my compression bra may be too tight and that is why it seems to be smaller on the bottom. Any advice?

Doctor Answers 7

Compression Bra Too TIght?

If the bras is too tight it is possible that it is pushing up on the implants, working against the band. The only way to know is to see your surgeon or send him or her a photo if that cannot be arranged. 

At three weeks it is quite common to have high riding implants without the expected filling of the lower part of the breasts. 


Thanks for your question, best wishes.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Concerns about Breast Size after Breast Augmentation…

Thank you for the question but you will find that your plastic surgeon will be of the best position to guide you. He/she will be able to evaluate the bra and determine whether you'll be better off with a larger one.

As you know, breast implants may take several months to fully “settle” and round out the lower poles of the breasts;  sometimes when the breast implants do “drop and fluff” the breasts do appear larger to the patient.  See if your plastic surgeon recommends massage to help  with the settling process.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Don't worry, this will change as you recover

It’s common for the lower part of your breasts to be not as full at first. Your tissues are a little tight right now, compressing your implants. With time, your tissues will relax, allowing for the breast implants to drop a bit and round out at the bottom.

Ronald Levine, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Bra strap after breast augmentation

Thank you for your question. Your surgeon may be wanting to influence the decent of the implants within the breasts over the first six months after surgery as it usually takes several months for the breasts to settle out. If the strap is uncomfortable I would revisit with your surgeon to see if there are other options. Otherwise, I would recommend following your surgeon's instructions and follow-up.

Young R. Cho, MD, PhD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Bra and band after augmentation

I do not usually use a band on top of the breasts to help push the implants down.  If this is what your surgeon wants, you should ask him to review the post-op care instructions.

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

Compression Device Will Help Implants Descend

The compression device that your plastic surgeon has you wearing places downward pressure on the top of the implant and the top of your breast.  This will assist in filling out the lower portion of your breasts rather than preventing it.

John Whitt, MD (retired)
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews




Without a picture or exam it is very hard to give you adequate advice. It sounds like you will be wearing the breast band for a while the tighter it is on top of your breast the faster the implants will drop. You need to check with your PS to make sure you are following his protocol after surgery.


Stuart B. Kincaid, MD, FACS (in memoriam)
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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