Many women ask Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. if wearing a bra after breast augmentation or breast revision surgery is necessary. They love their perky new breasts, and many would enjoy the freedom of going bra-less.
Dr. Delgado says, “Not so fast!” There are several things to consider before “burning that bra!” After surgery, your breasts will continue to fight gravity. Going bra-less for special occasions where you want to wear that fabulous backless cocktail dress probably won’t make any difference, but going bra-less long term can make a difference.
Larger Implants More Likely to Droop!
Things to take into consideration are the weight of your breasts. Large natural breasts weigh more than small breasts and tend to droop more. The ratio of fat to breast tissue can make a difference; fat weighs less than breast tissue. The same is true for breast implants, the larger the implants, the more likely they will eventually droop. The type of implant can make a difference; it is surprising that saline implants weigh more than silicone. If you compare saline to silicone implants, the silicone feels a bit heavier but based on specific gravity; the saline implant is slightly heavier.
More important considerations than saline versus silicone are:
• The patient’s age
• Breast size
• Bra wearing habits
The larger the implants, the more likely sagging will occur. Wearing a bra on a regular basis can help support breast tissue, while sagging may still happen it can help with the severity and delay onset.
Keep Your Breasts Perky
With many factors that you can’t control regarding sagging, there are several things you can do to keep your breasts perkier longer.
1. Sleep bras, it is unknown if a sleep bra will make a difference, but most are very comfortable to sleep in, and it is worth a try!
2. Smoking, if you smoke, STOP! Smoking is proven to be a factor in sagging breasts, besides all the other detriments smoking causes.
3. Wear a high-quality support bra.
4. Follow all post-operative instructions from your surgeon.
Most surgeons will tell you that you may need breast revision surgery on average, every 10 years, but following these guidelines may delay breast revision surgery.
Call today (415) 898-4161 for a consultation for any concerns you may have about your breast implants.