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DR. Greg Ratliff, FACS &
DR. BRENDA SCHIESEL

Board Certified, American Board of Plastic Surgery

(918) 712-0888

Plastic Surgery Center of Tulsa


2107 E 15th St. Tulsa, OK 74104


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Should I be wearing a compression band?

After breast augmentation, the post-op care varies somewhat from surgeon to surgeon. But, one of the things that you have to be careful of is allowing the implant to ride up and sit high. Things are very tight down here when you put a breast implant in and that tight tissue tends to make the implant sit too high and it’s going to take a long time for that to stretch and drop down. So, most plastic surgeons today use what’s called a “bandeau.” It’s a white elastic strap that runs across the top of the implant that kind of holds it down for the first week. At least, the first week for me. After the first week, they should be down where they’re supposed to be. Some people may use it longer, but that seems to work okay.

The other issue is bleeding. So, the first week after surgery, really the first two weeks, bleeding is the biggest issue. And so, what I personally use, is an ace bandage, like a six-inch wide ace bandage, wrapped around the chest to provide compression. So, that compression, along with the strap on the top, holds the implant, provides pressure, and kind of keeps things from going south in that first week to two weeks.

After that, it’s all about tissue stretch and that’s a nine-month process for the implants. I’ve seen several places on the internet where people talk about the, “drop and fluff.” It’s really your tissue stretching. Implants are already dropped but where the muscle was really swollen, it fades and makes it look like things have dropped down. That’s about a six-week process before you get a good shape.