When am I able to get my breasts measured and wear an underwired bra? (Photo)
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Breast Implants/Breast Augmentation/Anatomic Gummy Bear Implants/ Silicone Implants/Breast Implant Revision Surgery
When am I able to get my breasts measured and wear an underwired bra?
Generally speaking, 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.
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 have reached their “final position” and patients have full sensation along the breast skin.
Generally, the longer I have been in practice, the more I appreciate the long term use of supportive bras after all types of breast surgery. This additional support may be especially helpful when patients are lying down and/or engaged in strenuous exercise. Best wishes for an outcome that you will be very pleased with.
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Recovery after breast surgery
I recommend speaking to your surgeon, as each of us has slightly different recommendations after surgery. I tell my patients to expect changes after breast surgery for up several months, but in most cases the changes are minor after about 2 months. I also tell my patients to avoid underwire bras for at least 3 months, and many surgeons recommend longer.
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