How long do I need to wear a compression bra after a breast augmentation procedure, and what does it do for me?
Wearing a compression bra or support garment after a breast augmentation is essential to a successful recovery. Wearing one helps accelerate the healing process which helps the patient to have a successful recovery and return to daily routines more quickly. A doctor will always ask that you wear one after a breast augmentation.
One of the main functions of a compression bra is that it provides support and pressure which reduces swelling and bruising in the breasts. This will help reduce soreness and throbbing. A compression bra also helps to stabilize your new breast implants and keep them in their correct position while the breast heals.
In addition, a compression bra or garment improves blood circulation which is essential for helping the body flush out fluids from the surgical area. And finally, wearing proper support and compression reduces tension on the skin which can pull or stretch any scars as they heal, which can lead to unwanted or stretched scarring.
Your plastic surgeon can advise you on a breast augmentation recovery bra. To start, your doctor will most likely recommend the highest support possible. This will help to reduce pain and minimize motion, swelling and throbbing in your breasts. One to two weeks after the procedure, your plastic surgeon may switch you to a different recovery bra with lighter compression. When your plastic surgeon feels you’re ready, they will most likely transition you to a sports bra during the last stages of recovery.
It will take at least six weeks before your surgeon can recommend switching to a standard bra. It is imperative that no underwire bras of any kind be worn sooner than six weeks after surgery as this can lead to serious complications. In some cases, a plastic surgeon will advise against or recommend that you limit the wearing of an underwire bra even after these six weeks.
You may need to wear support and compression on your breasts for days to weeks, or longer depending on your rate of recovery.
As always, you should carefully follow your doctor’s follow-up and aftercare instructions. Your plastic surgeon or doctor is the best authority and guide for getting through recovery and having a successful breast augmentation. Selecting a qualified and experienced breast augmentation surgeon is the best place to start.