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What Bra to Wear after Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast augmentation recovery is a crucial phase that requires careful attention and utmost care. After the operation, it’s not just about healing, but also about maintaining the shape and position of your breasts. This phase can last for several weeks to a few months, depending on your body’s healing capacity and the surgical technique used during the operation. During your recovery journey, you might encounter various discomforts and challenges. The swelling, tenderness, and even pain in the surgical area are natural. One important aspect often overlooked in the breast augmentation recovery process is the type of bra you’ll wear post-surgery. It may seem trivial, but the right bra can make a significant difference in your recovery journey.

Dr Bish Soliman is a renowned Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Sydney. Dr Soliman shares insights on a range of breast procedures including recovery after breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast implant removal.

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Post-Op Bra for Breast Augmentation Recovery

The post-op bra, also known as the surgical bra or the breast augmentation bra, is specifically designed to provide the right amount of compression, comfort, and support needed by a recovering breast. It helps control swelling, keeps the implants in place, and aids in the healing process, reducing the risk of complications.

But not all post-op bras are created equal. Some may offer better support and comfort than others. Therefore, it’s essential to consult with Dr Bish Soliman about the best post-op bra for your specific needs.

When choosing a post-op bra, there are several things to consider. For instance, a good post-op bra should be adjustable to accommodate changes in the size of your breasts as the swelling reduces. It should also be made of breathable material to avoid irritation and prevent accumulation of sweat, which can lead to infection.

Sports Bra for Breast Augmentation

When it comes to breast augmentation recovery, the sports bra is one of the most recommended types of bras. This is not surprising considering the inherent properties of sports bras. They are designed to provide maximum support and reduce movement during physical activity, which can be beneficial during the recovery process.

A sports bra can help keep your breasts in place, minimising unnecessary movements that might cause discomfort or pain. It also offers adequate compression, which can aid in reducing swelling and promoting healing.

However, it’s important to note that not all sports bras are suitable for breast augmentation recovery. The sports bra should be non-underwired, as under wires can press against the surgical incision and cause discomfort or disruption to the healing process.

Comparing Sports Bras and Post-Op Bras for Recovery

Both sports bras and post-op bras have their strengths when it comes to breast augmentation recovery. The choice between the two often depends on your unique needs and preferences and the recommendations of Dr Bish.

Sports bras are generally more easily accessible and come in a variety of styles and colours. They are also typically more fashionable than post-op bras. However, they may not provide the same level of medical-grade compression and support as a post-op bra.

On the other hand, post-op bras are specifically designed for surgical recovery. They often have front closures for ease of use, adjustable straps, and are made of medical-grade material. But they can be more costly and less stylish compared to sports bras.

Benefits of Using a Sports Bra after Breast Augmentation

Using a sports bra after breast augmentation can offer several benefits. For one, sports bras are designed to minimise movement, providing a stable environment for your breasts to heal. Secondly, they provide a comfortable level of compression, which can help reduce swelling and improve blood circulation.

Moreover, sports bras can help in maintaining the new shape and position of your breasts. They can also prevent the formation of scar tissue around the implant, which can affect the final result of the surgery.

Lastly, sports bras are readily available and come in a variety of styles and colours, allowing you to feel good about yourself while recovering.

How to Choose the Right Sports Bra Post-Breast Augmentation

Choosing the right sports bra after your breast augmentation is crucial to your recovery. Here are some factors to consider:

  1. Size and Fit: The sports bra should be the right size for your new breasts. It should fit snugly but not too tight to restrict blood flow
  2. Support: The bra should provide enough support to minimise movement of the breasts
  3. Comfort: The material of the sports bra should be soft and breathable to provide maximum comfort
  4. Closure: Opt for a sports bra with a front closure for ease of use
  5. No Underwire: The bra should not have an underwire as it can cause discomfort and disrupt the healing process

Risks of Not Wearing the Right Bra Post-Operation

Not wearing the right bra after your breast augmentation surgery can lead to several issues. It can cause unnecessary movement of the breasts, which can lead to discomfort and pain. It can also prolong the swelling and delay the healing process.

In worst-case scenarios, not wearing the appropriate bra can result in complications like capsular contracture, where the scar tissue around the implant hardens, causing the breasts to become unnaturally firm and possibly distorted.

Where to Buy Quality Sports Bras and Post-Op Bras

Quality sports bras and post-op bras are available in various stores, both online and offline. However, it’s always best to seek advice from Dr Bish Soliman regarding the best place to purchase these bras. Dr Bish might have specific brands or stores he recommends based on his experiences with previous patients.

FAQs about Bra after Breast Augmentation

How long after breast augmentation can I wear a regular bra?

  • After undergoing breast augmentation, it is generally recommended to wait for a period of about six weeks before wearing a regular bra. This time frame allows for the swelling to reduce and the implants to settle properly into their positions. During this healing period, Dr Bish Soliman advises wearing a surgical bra that is wireless and provides good support without putting too much pressure on the breasts. It is always best to follow the specific advice of your plastic surgeon, as he will have the most accurate understanding of your individual recovery process.

Should you wear a bra at night after breast augmentation?

  • Dr Bish recommends wearing a supportive bra even at night for the first few weeks to months to help maintain the shape and position of the implants. It can also potentially reduce swelling and provide additional support and comfort while you sleep. It is essential to have a detailed discussion with Dr Bish to understand what is best for your individual case and to follow their guidance diligently.

What type of bra should I wear immediately after my breast augmentation surgery?

  • Immediately after your breast augmentation surgery, Dr Bish will recommend wearing a surgical bra. This type of bra is specially designed to provide optimal support and comfort, helping to reduce swelling and aid in the healing process. It is generally wire-free to avoid putting pressure on the incisions and the newly augmented breasts.

Can I wear an underwire bra post-breast augmentation?

  • Wearing an underwire bra is generally discouraged in the initial weeks following breast augmentation surgery. The underwire can potentially irritate the incisions and disrupt the healing process. Typically, Dr Bish recommends waiting for about 6 to 8 weeks or until you have fully healed before transitioning to underwire bras. However, always consult with Dr Bish to determine the best time to start wearing underwire bras based on your individual recovery progress.

How do I choose the right size of bra after my breast augmentation?

  • Choosing the right size of bra post-surgery can be a bit challenging as your breasts will be swollen initially. It is advisable to wait until the swelling has substantially reduced, which usually takes a few weeks. Once the swelling has decreased, you can get professionally measured to find your new bra size. Remember that your bra size may change a few times during the healing process, so it’s a good idea to avoid investing in expensive bras until your size stabilises.

Is it necessary to wear a compression bra after breast augmentation?

  • Dr Bish recommends wearing a compression bra for a certain period post-surgery. A compression bra helps to reduce swelling, provide support, and maintain the shape of your new breasts. It is generally worn for several weeks following the surgery, but the exact duration can vary based on Dr Bish’s advice and how well your recovery is progressing.

When can I start wearing sports bras after breast augmentation?

  • You can generally start wearing sports bras a few weeks after the surgery, but it is always best to follow Dr Bish’s advice. Sports bras that are wire-free and provide good support can be a comfortable option during the recovery period. However, avoid sports bras that compress the breasts too much, as they can potentially affect the settling of the implants. It is recommended to choose sports bras with front closures to facilitate easy wearing and removal during the initial recovery period.

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About Dr Bish Soliman

Dr Bish Soliman - Sydney Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, about us 01 2x
Specialist Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon
FRACS (Plas), MS (Plas), MBBS (Hons 1), BCom

AHPRA Registered Medical Practitioner MED 0001679053 Specialist Registration in Plastic Surgery

Dr Bish Soliman is a Sydney-based Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who performs aesthetic surgery of the face, breast, and body as well as skin cancer surgery.

He currently holds two consultant microsurgery positions in major Sydney hospitals performing complex microsurgical reconstruction including DIEP breast reconstruction.

After graduating from The King’s School, Dr Bish completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Sydney. After working briefly at a major Sydney finance firm, he decided to pursue his passion and long-term goal of a career in medicine. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame at the top of his class, receiving First class honours and the prestigious Bower and Sherrard medal. He then went on to complete his junior medical training at Westmead Hospital during which time he was awarded Junior Medical Officer (JMO) of the Year, as well as a finalist for NSW Doctor of the Year.


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