Why do some patients have to wear a compression strap above the breasts? Braless timeframe?

Why do some patients have to wear a compression strap above the breasts? How long after surgery can someone usually go braless?

Doctor Answers 6

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.

Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Straps vary from surgeon to surgeon

and I'm a believer if your implants are situated too high on your chest.  Implants settle and I believe the strap helps you achieve a more desired result that you have an active role in achieving.  And I would put my results up to anyone's as proof that it works.  My patients wear the strap 24-7 until they feel its 'good enough' then they can wear bras in nonfunctional ways or go braless (no lifting vectors) until perfect, at which point they start supporting their implants.  If this happens early, they will need to support their implants 24/7 to minimize the inevitable settling that occur with implants.

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Compression garment after breast surgery

Some surgeons recommend compression straps after breast augmentation, and they can be used for different reasons. I do not use them regularly.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Why do some patients have to wear a compression strap above the breasts? Braless timeframe?

Compression straps are used in the occassional patient where the lower part of the breast is tight and we want to get the implant sitting in the lower breast as soon as possible. This is usually a fairly young patient who has not had a pregnancy. As to going braless, after 8-12 months it OK if the implants are relatively small, but if they are large it is necessary to keep good support on.

Ronald V. DeMars, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Compression strap after breast augmentation

I personally do not use compression straps because the upper pole fullness will settle without them and pushing on the upper pole with the strap could increase the risk of bottoming out. I have my patients wear a specific bra for 3 months 24/7 and haven't seen an implant malposition in 4 years since starting that plan.

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

Subpectoral strap after breast implant surgery

Your own surgeon will give you guidance on how long the strap is to be worn. Due to the action of the pectoral muscle, there is sometimes a tendency for implants to ride up so the strap holds them in place while the scar capsule forms. This is usually a week or so. If you want to maintain the shape of your breasts long term then wearing a bra most of the time is a good idea.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

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