Your breast augmentation plastic surgeon will go over the specifics of your procedure and post-operative care. In most cases, doctors recommend that you wear a bra at all times for the first two weeks after surgery.
However, you won’t need it for the first 24 hours, during which you’ll wear a post-surgical dressing. After that, you’ll wear a soft surgical bra for 14 days. You can remove it to bathe, but you should wear it to sleep.
Benefits of Wearing a Bra to Bed After Breast Surgery
In the first few weeks after the surgery, a breast augmentation plastic surgeon usually recommends wearing a surgical bra for the following reasons:
- Restricts movement, promoting healing
- Reduces discomfort
- Encourages the swelling to settle evenly
- Diminishes pressure on the incisions
- Helps you sleep better, which supports the healing process
Will Wearing a Bra to Sleep Forever Support Your New Contours?
After two weeks, your breast implant plastic surgeon will let you know if you can sleep without a bra. But you might wonder whether you’ll get better results or extend the life of your implants if you keep wearing a bra to bed.
There is no evidence to support that sleeping with a bra prevents breasts from sagging. Genetics, lifestyle choices, weight fluctuations and body type contribute to your natural shape.
Some people feel more comfortable sleeping with a bra when they have larger breasts. Keeping everything in place can diminish uncomfortable pressure points that develop when you roll over. Other people sleep better without tight clothing constricting their bodies. After the initial recovery period, a breast implant plastic surgeon would say that sleeping with a bra is optional.
Do You Need a Special Bra After Surgery?
After you graduate from wearing the surgical bra, you may want to invest in some soft bras with light support if you want to sleep in them. Breathable fabrics will be the most comfortable against your skin and incisions. Front-closure bras are easier to get in and out of when you’re dealing with post-surgical soreness.
Stay away from underwire. It can put pressure on the incisions and impede healing. Most plastic surgeons recommend that you avoid wearing an underwire bra for at least six months after surgery.
Wearing a supportive bra during the day can help your breast implants look great for as long as possible. But you don’t have to wear one to sleep unless it makes you more comfortable. Contact us to schedule a consultation or ask questions about breast augmentation surgery today.