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Why Must I Avoid Underwire Bras When I’m Healing From Breast Enhancement Surgery?

Posted February 01, 2021 By: The Office of Birmingham Specialists

Breast Enhancement

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Women consider breast surgery for many reasons. And, while it’s not usually the most significant factor, many women look forward to showing off their new breasts—whether they are smaller, larger, or lifted. Women may want to celebrate their new body with new sexy bras, many of which have underwires for support and shape. However, wearing an underwire bra when healing from breast enhancement surgery is a big mistake. 

Woman feeding a wire through her bra. Wires are not appropriate after breast surgery.

Why Should You Avoid Underwire Bras When Healing From Breast Enhancement Surgery?

Breast Augmentation

When it comes to breast augmentation, an underwire bra can prevent your breasts from settling in a natural position. Initially, implants appear high on the chest. As the body heals, the implants settle into a more appropriate place. However, an underwire bra can help keep the implants elevated and prevent the settling process.

Breast Reduction

A breast reduction requires incisions to be made underneath the breasts. (This is also true with breast lift surgery and breast augmentation that uses the inframammary incision—along the breast crease.) 

When a woman wears an underwire bra immediately after her procedure, the wiring can irritate the incisions and cause a rash. Additionally, there is a risk of infection.

Breast Lift

Lastly, wearing an underwire bra after a breast lift isn’t a good idea because you don’t get enough support. Instead, you will need to wear compression garments and a sports bra to reduce swelling and give your breasts additional support during healing.

What Type of Bra Should I Wear After Breast Enhancement Surgery?

Your doctor will discuss details around your post-surgery recovery, but typically you need to find a supportive sports bra without underwire for up to several months. Depending on what type of surgery you have, you may also need to wear compression garments post-recovery. 

Never switch to regular bras with an underwire without checking with your doctor first.

Avoid Buying New Bras Immediately Post-Surgery

Most patients can transition to wearing regular bras within four to eight weeks after their surgery. However, that doesn’t mean you should run to the store and buy many new, fancy bras. Breast enhancement procedures can take up to three months to show their real results. Whether you have gotten a breast lift, breast reduction, or breast augmentation, it can take a while for your breasts to “settle” into their final position. As a result, you will want to wait up until three months post-procedure before buying an entirely new collection of bras.

Interested in Learning More?

At Plastic Surgery Specialists of Birmingham, Alabama, our clinic is passionate about giving patients the results they have always wanted. Our team of experienced, professional doctors has the expertise to deliver on expectations while also providing a wonderful experience from start to finish. Contact us today for any questions you may have about breast enhancement surgeries by calling 205-298-8660 or filling out this form.