When can I wear a sports bra after breast augmentation?
If you’ve made the wonderful choice of going for breast augmentation to feel good, there are some things you have to remember after the procedure. For one, your breasts will feel soft, tender, and painful immediately after your surgery.
You may have heard some people say that wearing any bra with upward support increases the chance of scar tissue formation. But there is no scientific proof to this claim. Currently, the most recommended bra solution is a scar bandage.
What Is a Scar Bandage?
Scar bandages as the name implies, secure your scars and bandages in place. If you have had implants added, these same bandages will protect them and the tissues in and around them from sudden movements, reduce swelling, and provide overall support during recovery.
But just because you have to wear them doesn’t mean you need to stop wearing your favourite and trusted sports bra. However, the changes in your body will require that you make changes as to how you wear your sports bras.
Which Sports Bras Do I Need to Avoid?
You need to remember that while healing, it’s best to leave your breasts alone (except for postsurgical care). Never wear a bra that’s too tight or too loose. Not wearing the right size and shape could cause the implants to shift and lose their shape. As much as possible, do not wear sports bras with underwires. Especially during the first week after surgery.
When Is It Safe to Start Wearing a Sports Bra?
There are a lot of things to consider but the most important thing is to get approval from your doctor. They will give you instruction on how to properly care for your postsurgical site, including when and for how long you need to wear a sports bra.
In general, women are encouraged to wear sports bras full time sometime from 6-8 weeks. Further changes will need to be discussed with your doctor because it will depend on the rate of your recovery.
Finding a good fit with implants
You would have agreed with your doctor on the size you wanted to be, but other factors can influence that actual bra size that will fit properly. Implants provide a ‘full’ cup and tend to run wider than a natural breast.
Your existing breast tissue prior to surgery also needs to be allowed for. These factors can often result in you needing a larger cup size than what your doctor originally told you. Please refer to our ‘determine your size’ guide when looking for the perfect sports bra for implants.