December 28, 2023

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The proper care for your breasts after augmentation surgery is not only crucial for a quick and comfortable recovery but is also a determining factor in achieving your desired look. If you are considering breast augmentation surgery or have recently undergone the procedure, you may be wondering what kind of bra to wear in the weeks and months following your surgery. Depending on where you are in your recovery, there may be different types of bras that are optimal at a particular point in time. This can be very important, as choosing the right bra can help ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery, as well as help maintain the shape and position of your breasts. 

Care in the Short-term

First and foremost, it’s important to follow the specific instructions provided by your surgeon for the care of your incisions and the support of your breasts. This may include wearing a soft bra, compression bra, underwire bra, or no bra at all and just a push down strap.  Every patient and every breast is different.

Immediately after surgery, your surgeon may recommend a light compression bra to help reduce swelling and promote healing. These bras are typically made of a stretchy, breathable fabric that provides gentle pressure to the breasts, which can help reduce swelling and improve circulation. 

In the first few weeks after surgery, it is generally recommended to wear a light sports bra or a light bra with no underwire to provide support and comfort. These types of bras are designed to minimize movement and provide a secure fit. They are also more flexible and have less structure, which can reduce irritation and pressure on the incisions.

What to Look for as Breasts Heal

As you heal and your breasts settle into their new shape, you may be able to switch to a regular bra. However, it is important to continue to wear a bra that provides good support to help maintain the shape and position of your breasts. Underwire bras and bras with very thin straps are generally avoided in the weeks after surgery, as they may put too much pressure on the incisions and potentially could contribute to implant malposition. 

Other Considerations

It is also important to avoid wearing a bra that is too tight or too loose. A bra that is too tight can cause discomfort and irritation, while a bra that is too loose may not provide enough support. Your breasts will change size and shape as they heal, so it is a good idea to try on several different styles and sizes to find the bra that not only fits you the best, but also provides the support that you need. 

In addition to choosing the right bra, taking good care of your incisions is paramount during the healing process. This may include keeping the area clean and dry, avoiding overly strenuous activity, and avoiding any clothing or accessories that may irritate the incisions. Your surgeon will provide specific instructions for the care of your incisions, so be sure to follow them closely.

Ultimately, the type of bra you wear after breast augmentation will depend on your individual needs and preferences. It is always a good idea to consult with your plastic surgeon if you have any questions or concerns about the type of bra you should wear after surgery. They will be able to give you personalized recommendations based on your specific surgery and where you are in the healing process.

Choosing the Right Bra

Prioritizing comfort, support, and the type of bra material used will set you on course for a speedy recovery. From a soft supportive bra, to a compression or sports bra, to a regular bra, be sure to choose one that provides the support and comfort you need at each stage of your recovery. At Meridian Plastic Surgery Center in Austin, Dr. Tjelmeland is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in breast surgery and helping individuals achieve their aesthetic goals. Visit our gallery to view real patient results after breast surgery.