When Can You Start Wearing Underwire After Breast Augmentation?

I am 4 weeks post breast augmentation, when is it safe to wear underwire bras ?

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Breast Augmentation - When Can You Start Wearing Underwire After Breast Augmentation?

It depends on how the healing is going, and where your incision is.

You should, of course, discuss this with your own plastic surgeon.  I generally request that patients wait until about 4-6 weeks after the surgery (less if a periareolar - nipple - incision was used).  Early on, with any bra, I recommend placing a maxi pad on the inside of the bra to cushion the area around the incision.

However, the entire concept of an underwire bra is less important with implants, as the volume of the breast is already elevated (even with the same size, implanted breasts are generally much higher than unimplanted breasts would be, so the wires are not necessary to the same degree).  Finally, if it's the underwire BRA that you want to wear (ie, the nicer bra, rather than the wire itself) you can simply clip the fabric of the bra, remove the wire, and go ahead and wear the bra (when YOUR surgeon says it's okay!)

I hope that this helps, and good luck,

Dr. E

When can I wear underwire bra after breast augmentation?

The answer depends on several factors, including the position of your implants relative to your nipple areola complex, the incision (scar) site, and your surgeon's recommendation.  In general, you can wear an underwire bra when your surgeon says it is OK to do so.

Steve Laverson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Bras After Breast Augmentation?

Thank you for the question.

Every surgeon's routine is likely to be different so please check with your surgeon for specific advice.

I asked my patients  to stay away from underwire bras  until they have complete sensation along the lower poles  of the breasts. I asked them to do this to avoid under wires irritating the skin (without the patient feeling it).  Most patients  are able to start wearing underwire bras somewhere between 3 and 6 months postoperatively.

I hope this helps.

Underwire bra after surgery


There are two reasons why some plastic surgeons prefer to wait before a patient starts to wear an underwire bra.  1)  the lower breast tissue is tight and it would benefit for gravity to stretch the lower breast tissue   2) the incision falls where the underwire also falls and irritation can occur.  If neither of these issues are the case then one can start wearing an underwire bra.

All the best,

Dr Repta

Remus Repta, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Underwire bras after augmentation

Each surgeon has a different routine and each patient is different. You should check with your surgeon who knows your case best. I tell my patients that they can start wearing an underwire bra when it is comfortable for them and this varies from fairly soon after the surgery to never. Some women don't ever find underwires comfortable.

Margaret Skiles, MD (retired)
Sacramento Plastic Surgeon
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Underwire Bra after Augmentation

This is a very common question that I get from patients. Typically I advise my patients that it is safe to wear a underwire bra 4 weeks from the date of surgery. However, that can vary from surgeon to surgeon. I would recommend you talk to your Doctor and go by their recommendations. 

Peter J. Capizzi, MD
Charlotte Plastic Surgeon
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Wearing underwire after breast augmentation

Thank you for the question.  Doctors have different opinions on the wearing of bra since we have different experiences.  About 6-8 weeks after surgery should be enough time to go bra shopping.  Best to get your surgeon's approval first.  Best of luck, Dr. Michael Omidi

Michael M. Omidi, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Underwire Bra after a Breast Augmentation

I would recommend following up with your operating surgeon to discuss when he/she is comfortable with the transition into an underwire bra.  This decision depends largely on how your healing and recovery is progressing.  Generally speaking, I typically allow my patients to being wearing an underwire bra 4-6 weeks after their breast augmentation.  For the first 4 weeks I request that my patients wear a light weight compression sports bra, which will not irritate the incisions and helps bring down post-operative swelling.  Hopefully after your breast augmentation an underwire, push up bra is no longer necessary.  

Underwire Bra Usage Following Breast Augmentation

We generally avoid using underwire bras for six to eight weeks following breast augmentation. There are two reasons for this approach. First, when patients undergo sub muscular placement of breast implants, the pectoralis major muscle may undergo spasm in the early postoperative period. This may force the implant in an upward direction and lead to malposition. When this situation arises, we utilize compression to force to the implant in a downward direction. An underwire bra would have the opposite effect.

Another reason for avoiding underwire bras in the immediate postoperative period is the potential for the bra to irritate a fresh surgical incision. An inframammary incision would be directly beneath the underwire and might lead to irritation of the incision. After six to eight weeks, wound healing and muscle spasm should no longer be an issue. In most breast augmentation patients, it’s reasonable to resume the use of underwire bras at this time. 

Underwire Bras After Breast Augmentation

You should probably talk to your surgeon to find out why they recommended that you wear an underwire bra. Generally, I recommend patients avoid wearing underwire bras for the first two months following surgery because they can cause complications like irritation of your incision lines and displacement. For advice suited to your situation, however, please ask your surgeon.

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