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After your breast lift procedure, it is extremely important to follow the recommended postoperative directions, including wearing a surgical bra as directed. The aftercare and your decisions on supporting your new lifted breasts are an important part of achieving a beautiful final aesthetic outcome. 

For the best results, and unless otherwise directed, you should wear the surgical bra a minimum of 23 hours a day for at least eight weeks after undergoing a breast lift. After the first eight weeks, you may remove your bra in the evenings, but you must continue to wear it during the day for an additional four months.

So what is the perfect bra after a breast lift?

This may be one of the hardest parts of your entire breast lift experience. When you return home from your procedure, you will need to wear a bra as an important part of post-surgery recovery. Ideally, you want to ensure your breasts stay properly positioned during and after the recovery period. Bras should not push the breasts together. 

Ideally, a bra should lift your breasts and hold them as high as possible. Wide shoulder straps and a wide strap at the bottom without an underwire are can help lift your breasts upward. A good supportive sports bra should help to decrease any discomfort you still may feel, and it should ensure proper positioning of your breasts. Get it wrong, and your bra could possibly delay healing.

Features to look for in a good post breast lift bra:

Look for a bra that can offer you the right amount of support. It’s a balance. The pressure points need to be in all the right places, or your bra could affect the shape of your newly lifted breasts. Important features to look for when choosing your new bra:

  • A post-surgery-specific bra
  • Adjustable straps
  • Breathable fabric
  • Pressure-free comfort
  • No underwire
  • Front zip or alternative front closure – until you can lift your arms

Your bra can look good!

Post-surgery bras aren’t like they used to be. They now come in a variety of different fabrics, laces, designs, and sizes. You can find beautiful sexy bras that are comfortable and supportive at the same time. The bra can be attractive but must not put undue pressure on your healing breasts and must not have an underwire. A front zip bra or Velcro closure is often a good choice. It is much easier to get on and off at least until it is safe to lift your arms without putting stress on your incisions.

When can I wear a bra with an underwire?

For most women, a bra with no underwire will be required for six to eight weeks. Dr. Placik will meet with you to determine whether you have the “all clear” to wear a regular bra again. Most patients can transition to a comfortable sports bra that provides proper support and compression toward the end of your recovery period. After healing is complete, feel free to go bra-shopping and choose any type of bra you want, including underwire bras!

Author: Dr. Otto Placik

Dr. Otto Placik is a Double-Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Chicago, a leader in the field of body sculpting, and is recognized for his artistry in a wide range of modern cosmetic enhancements.


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