What is the internal bra?
The internal bra is an innovative new surgical technique David M. Godat, MD, offers that provides internal support to your breast tissue and/or implants. It works by securing a length of natural biologic tissue to the same area of your breasts that a push-up bra would normally cover.
That biologic tissue is secured to your chest wall, creating anchored support that enhances the shape of your breasts. It only takes a few weeks for the biologic tissue to become fully incorporated into your natural tissue. Because the internal bra tissue and your chest wall take on most of the weight of your breasts, your skin is less likely to stretch and sag.
What issues can the internal bra improve?
In addition to lifting and holding your breast tissue or implants in place, the internal bra can also address many common complaints among women with existing implants. Some examples include:
- Implants placed too close together or too far apart
- Implants that don’t sit at the same level
- Contour irregularities
- Capsular contracture
The internal bra is also a good option for women who’ve had weight loss surgery and have skin that’s prone to stretching.
Can I get the internal bra with my first set of implants?
If you’re thinking about breast implants, the internal bra is something you should definitely consider. By adding this procedure to your augmentation surgery, your implants will have additional support from day one. That means less sagging and longer lasting results.
Adding the internal bra only increases your surgical time with Dr. Godat by around two hours. You’ll have a degree of post-operative soreness for as long as six weeks, and you’ll need to restrict your activities as your body heals.
Can I go without wearing a bra after the internal bra procedure?
The internal bra is intended to deliver additional support to your implants or breast tissue. It is not, however, meant to replace a normal bra. Wearing a properly fitted and supportive bra is still an important part of maintaining optimal breast shape and positioning.
That’s especially true when you’re exercising or playing sports. Significant movement can cause your breasts to bounce and shift, which places extra pressure on your skin. That can lead to stretching and thinning skin.
If you have questions or concerns about the internal bra, call the office to schedule a one-on-one consultation with David M. Godat, MD.