Breast augmentation is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the United States, but in certain patients, particularly those who have very tight skin or want to have implants that are bigger than the anatomy allows, many times after the surgery the implant will look high. One of the things I recommend to help the breasts settle is breast massage. I already discussed this in another video, which you can watch after you finish this educational video.
But what I want to talk about here is using what I call a breast strap to help accommodate the breast implants. The breast strap is a band that goes over the breasts and behind your back, and the strap pushes the breast implants down constantly. This will help stretch the implants, and during the first couple of weeks when there are no scars around the implants, it will help the breasts settle in the appropriate place. The problem is that if we do not start pushing the implant down, once the scar forms; it is going to be very hard to push the implant into a more appropriate location.
As a matter of fact, because the skin needs to stretch to accommodate the implant size, your chest is going to look like a bodybuilder’s: very tight, unnatural, and many times not very pretty. But all of this will settle within the first month.
If you are required by your surgeon to wear breast strap, it is completely normal to feel tightness, especially during the first couple of days after the surgery. But in the next week, patients will most likely get used to wearing breast strap. The slight discomfort would subside and the breasts are provided with support and stability. So listening to your surgeon’s recommendation is a must if you want to see the best possible outcome of the surgery.