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Top 10 Benefits of Wearing a Compression Garment after Breast Implant Surgery

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How Compression Garments Support Post-Surgery Recovery

Breast implant surgery, also known as breast augmentation, is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures worldwide, offering individuals the opportunity to enhance or restore their breast size and shape. While the results can significantly boost confidence and satisfaction with one’s appearance, the journey to achieving these outcomes involves a meticulous post-operative care regimen. Among the most crucial aspects of this post-surgery care is the use of compression garments. These specialised pieces of clothing are foundational to a successful recovery, ensuring that the aesthetic and health outcomes of the surgery are optimised.

The period following breast implant surgery is characterised by sensitivity, swelling, and a gradual healing process that can be influenced by various factors, including the body’s natural response to the trauma of surgery and how well post-operative care instructions are followed. Compression garments play a pivotal role in managing these factors, offering both physical support and medical benefits that can significantly impact the recovery trajectory. Despite their importance, the value of these garments may not be immediately apparent to all patients.

In this blog, Chester Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna aims to discuss the top 10 benefits of wearing a compression garment after breast implant surgery, providing insights into why they are recommended and how they contribute to a smoother, faster, and more comfortable recovery.

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What Are Compression Garments

Compression garments are specially designed clothing that applies gentle pressure to the surgical area. They are made from elastic materials that stretch to fit snugly around the body, creating a uniform pressure that supports the healing tissues. These garments are tailored to fit different parts of the body, ensuring that each area receiving surgery can benefit from targeted compression. For breast implant surgery, the garments are designed to encompass the chest area, providing a secure fit that does not compromise the surgical results.

The primary purpose of a compression garment is to support the body’s natural healing process. Following surgery, the body initiates a complex response to heal the tissues affected by the surgical procedure. This includes inflammation, a natural part of the healing process, which leads to swelling. While some swelling is expected, excessive swelling can be uncomfortable and may even affect the healing process and the final outcome of the surgery. Compression garments help manage this response by applying steady pressure to the tissue, which can reduce swelling and promote a more favourable healing environment.

Moreover, these garments are not only about physical support; they also play a psychological role in recovery. Wearing a compression garment can provide a sense of security and comfort during a time when the body feels vulnerable. This psychological benefit should not be underestimated, as feeling secure and comfortable can significantly enhance the overall recovery experience.

The Top 10 Benefits of Wearing a Compression Garment after Breast Implant Surgery

Recovery is an important phase, where the actions taken can significantly affect the outcomes of the surgery. Among these actions, wearing a compression garment is essential. Here’s a closer look at the top 10 benefits of donning a compression garment during your recovery period:

1. Reduces Swelling

After surgery, the body’s natural reaction is to swell at the site of the operation. This swelling is not only uncomfortable but can also stretch the skin and affect the placement of the implants. Compression garments apply gentle pressure to the area, promoting fluid drainage away from the site, thereby reducing swelling. This not only speeds up the recovery process but also helps in achieving a more desired aesthetic outcome by maintaining the position of the implants as the body heals.

2. Decreases Bruising

Bruising is another common aftermath of surgery, resulting from blood vessels being disrupted during the procedure. While bruising is typically harmless and fades over time, it can be unsightly and uncomfortable. The pressure exerted by compression garments helps in reducing the severity of bruising by minimising the blood accumulation under the skin. This action not only diminishes the visibility of bruises but also contributes to a more comfortable healing process.

3. Supports Healing

The stability provided by compression garments is beneficial for the internal healing process. By applying constant, gentle pressure, these garments help in holding the tissues in place, allowing them to knit back together more effectively. This support is particularly important in the early stages of recovery when the tissues are most vulnerable to movement. By limiting excessive motion, compression garments ensure that the healing tissues are not strained, promoting a smoother healing process.

4. Enhances Blood Circulation

Good blood circulation is essential for healing as it supplies the injured tissues with oxygen and nutrients while removing waste products. Compression garments are designed to enhance circulation by applying pressure, which encourages blood flow through the veins back to the heart. Improved circulation not only speeds up the healing process but also helps in reducing the risk of complications such as blood clots.

5. Reduces Risk of Seroma

Seroma, the accumulation of fluid in spaces within the tissues, is a potential complication following breast implant surgery. While not generally dangerous, seromas can be uncomfortable and may require intervention to drain the fluid. The pressure from compression garments helps prevent the accumulation of fluid by encouraging lymphatic drainage, thereby reducing the risk of seroma formation.

6. Improves Comfort and Support

The period following surgery can be uncomfortable, with feelings of vulnerability in the operated area. Compression garments provide a comforting sense of support and security, which can be psychologically beneficial. This support helps patients feel more comfortable during their recovery, allowing for easier movement and rest.

7. Helps with Skin Retraction

After breast implant surgery, the skin and tissues need to adjust to the new contours of the body. Compression garments aid in this process by helping the skin to retract or tighten around the new breast implants. This support ensures that the skin conforms smoothly to the underlying tissues, contributing to a more natural and aesthetically pleasing outcome.

8. Minimises Scarring

The pressure applied by compression garments can also play a role in minimising scarring. By stabilising the surgical area and reducing tension on the incision sites, these garments can help in producing thinner, less noticeable scars. Moreover, the improved blood circulation promoted by compression can enhance the healing of the incisions, further contributing to less prominent scarring.

9. Assists in Posture Improvement

The additional weight of breast implants can affect posture, leading to discomfort and back pain. Compression garments offer support that can help in maintaining a better posture by distributing the weight more evenly and reducing strain on the back. This support is especially beneficial in the early stages of recovery when the body is still adjusting to the changes.

10. Facilitates a Smoother Recovery Process

Collectively, the benefits of wearing a compression garment contribute to a smoother, faster, and more comfortable recovery process. By reducing swelling and bruising, supporting healing, enhancing circulation, and providing comfort and support, these garments play a critical role in the post-operative care regimen. They not only help in achieving better surgical outcomes but also in ensuring that the journey to recovery is as smooth as possible.

Wearing a compression garment after breast implant surgery is more than a recommendation; it’s the foundation of successful recovery. The benefits extend beyond mere physical support, touching on psychological comfort and overall satisfaction with the surgical outcomes.

Choosing the Right Compression Garment

The right garment will not only enhance the healing process but also ensure comfort during the recovery period. Here are some considerations to keep in mind when choosing your compression garment:

Fit and Size

The most crucial aspect of a compression garment is its fit. It should be snug enough to provide the necessary pressure without being too tight, as excessive tightness can hinder blood circulation and cause discomfort. Many manufacturers offer a sizing chart based on measurements such as chest circumference. It’s advisable to follow these guidelines closely and consult with Anca to ensure the garment provides the optimal level of compression.


The material of the compression garment is another important factor. It should be breathable and flexible to accommodate your body’s needs as it heals. Fabrics that wick away moisture can also be beneficial, especially in warmer climates or for individuals prone to sweating. The garment should feel comfortable against the skin, with no rough seams that could irritate the surgical area.

Type and Design

Compression garments come in various designs, including bras, vests, and bodysuits. The type you choose should align with Anca’s recommendations and your personal preferences. Some garments are designed with front closures to make them easier to put on and take off, especially when mobility is limited during the early stages of recovery. Additionally, consider whether the garment provides the right level of compression for your specific type of surgery.

Adjustable Features

Look for garments with adjustable straps or closures. These features can be invaluable as they allow you to customise the fit as the swelling decreases and your body shape changes during the recovery process. Adjustable garments ensure that you can maintain the right level of compression throughout the healing period.

FAQs about Compression Garments after Breast Enlargement with Implants

FAQs Anca Breahna

How long should I wear a compression garment after breast implant surgery?

  • The duration for wearing a compression garment can vary depending on individual healing processes and the specific recommendations of your surgeon. Typically, patients are advised to wear compression garments for 4 to 6 weeks post-surgery. Some may need to wear them longer for optimal results. It’s important to follow Anca’s guidance for the best outcomes.

Can I take off my compression garment to shower?

  • Yes, you can and should remove your compression garment to shower. It is important to maintain personal hygiene during your recovery. After showering, ensure the surgical area is dry and gently apply the compression garment again. If Anca has provided any specific instructions about wound care or wearing the garment, be sure to follow those closely.

Will wearing a compression garment affect my breast implant position?

  • A properly fitted compression garment is designed to support and protect your breast implants without adversely affecting their position. It helps reduce movement and stabilises the implants as your body heals. Incorrectly sized garments that are too tight might cause issues, so ensuring a proper fit is crucial.

Is it normal for the compression garment to feel uncomfortable at first?

  • It is normal for a compression garment to feel snug or slightly uncomfortable when you first start wearing it, as your body is adjusting to the added pressure. But it should not cause significant pain or discomfort. If it does, contact Anca’s team, as the garment may be too tight or not fitted correctly.

Can I wear a regular bra instead of a compression garment after my surgery?

  • It is not recommended to wear a regular bra immediately after breast implant surgery unless Anca advises it. Regular bras may not provide the necessary support and compression needed during the early stages of recovery. Compression garments are specifically designed to aid in healing and reduce swelling, so it’s best to follow Anca’s recommendations regarding post-surgery attire.

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About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon

top UK cosmetic surgeon anca breahnaMs Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Anca performs a range of breast, body and face surgery and minor skin procedures.

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in her region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has been largely undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK to further extend her qualifications and training.

Anca’s NHS practice is now focused on Breast Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery, Hand Surgery and soft tissue reconstruction. Over the last 15 years, through her pursuit of further training and education, Anca has developed a special interest and expert practical experience in a range of Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgery.

It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca will treat you in a straightforward manner, with respect, consideration and empathy to ensure you are comfortable with your choice.



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  • A Medical Referral from your Doctor before your consultation is not compulsory however  it is recommended.
  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Anca – Car parking is available on-site at all hospitals.
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You can book your consultation with Anca by paying the £150 cosmetic consultation fee when you make your appointment. This fee covers further consultations about the same concern.

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