Breast surgery, whether it’s a reconstructive operation or for beauty’s sake, has the potential to transform your life. One of the most important aspects of breast surgery recovery is wearing a specialized surgical bra. If you’re considering breast surgery, there’s a lot to learn. Fortunately, by partnering with Dr. Nicholas Howland, you can feel sure about the process of improving your confidence. Here is what to know about post-surgical garments after your personalized breast surgery.

What is a Compression Garment?

Compression garments are lightweight, stretchy items of clothing that provide support and firmness to post-surgical areas. They’re often made of materials like spandex and/or nylon to allow for breathability and comfort. After breast surgery, they typically take the form of an especially supportive athletic-style bra.

The Benefits of a Compression Garment After Breast Surgery

Wearing a compression garment after your breast surgery is one of the most important recovery steps. Here are a few reasons why.

It Helps Reduce Swelling

After any surgery, swelling and inflammation are the most important side effects. Although it’s a natural process, too much swelling can negatively impact your results. A compression bra creates even pressure across the surgical site, helping prevent fluid build-up and excess blood flow. By preventing swelling, it can also reduce pain.

It Helps Prevent Blood Clots

Blood clots are another dangerous side effect of surgery. Blood clots form when blood flow becomes poor in an area, such as a surgical site. By compressing the area, a surgical bra can aid blood flow and promote circulation, a necessary aspect of your recovery.

It Can Aid in Healing

A surgical bra helps the breasts heal as intended after your surgery. If you have implants, for example, it helps them settle into the right position. It also helps relieve pressure off your incisions, allowing your skin to heal more effectively and with reduced scarring. This also helps reduce pain.

How to Choose a Post-Surgical Bra for Breast Surgery

Our team can recommend the best options for compression garments for your breast surgery. If you plan to shop for additional items on your own, then look for these considerations:

  • Front Closing: Your movement will be limited after your breast surgery, so look for a bra that will allow you to get in and out easily. Front-clasping or front-zip bras are best in this regard.
  • Adjustable: Look for durable, adjustable straps that will allow you to change the amount of support provided. While all bras have these, make sure they stay in place and don’t cause discomfort.
  • Breathable, Comfortable Material: Ventilation is key since you’ll be wearing it as much as possible throughout your recovery. Look for lightweight material that will prevent sweat buildup.
  • Antibacterial: Dedicated post-surgical bras will have some antibacterial properties that prevent infection and odors. 
  • Comfortable with No Excess Pressure: A compression bra should fit firmly but not uncomfortably. Look for even weight distribution and avoid ones that dig in or put pressure on specific areas. 
  • No Underwire: This is one of the most important factors. Underwires can irritate your incisions and negatively impact your results. Avoid all underwire bras until you’re fully recovered.

Schedule a Consultation

To meet with Dr. Nicholas Howland, our board-certified plastic surgeon, contact our Draper, UT office today. Our team will help you learn more about the benefits of breast surgery and how you can boost your confidence with a personalized procedure.