Do I Need To Wear A Bra After Breast Augmentation?


I can’t figure out why it is that women who have had breast enhancements were not told that they needed to wear a bra, even in bed! There is nothing about a breast augmentation that makes a bra optional.

The only exception would be a patient who has a firm, non mobile implants. This could be because of a breast contracture or because textured implants were used, which are designed not to move. Any breast that is soft and has an implant that moves will benefit from a supportive bra.

What happens if you don’t use a bra? The effect of gravity will take hold of your breasts and the breast and implant will move down to the side over time. They move down when you are in the standing position, and they move off to the side when you are lying on your back. There is no way to avoid this eventuality unless you were a bra.

Now, in all fairness, the process is not going to harm you, but it will make your breasts less attractive and youthful looking. I don’t know many women who prefer low hanging breasts or those that move under their arms when lying down. One of the most common requests that I see in my Austin plastic surgery center’s Breast Revision practice is to reposition breast implants where they should be.

The choice is yours. You can were a supportive bra that holds your breasts “up and in” or be prepared for the slow process of breasts moving “down and out”. Look at the good side; your breasts will always look their best. Bras can be supportive and sexy, and once you get used to wearing a bra, you can’t imagine not wearing one!

shape the breast after a breast augmentation procedure using a breast bandWatch

Robert Caridi, MD
Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)
Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Founder of Westlake Plastic Surgery