There are some general post-op rules following breast augmentation. There are also some surgeon-specific rules (they can advise different things!) and the more specific, tailored-to-you rules.
Take, for example, the Breast Displacement Strap (aka compression band).
Push it, push it real good
After surgery, breast implants often sit pretty high on the chest (especially if they're placed under the chest muscle). As swelling and tightness subsides and the chest muscles relax to accommodate your new breast implants, they should naturally relax into the pocket created by your surgeon.
As your breasts are healing after surgery they naturally create a capsule of scar tissue around the breast implant. Your implants need to be in their new home (the pocket your surgeon created for them) when this capsule forms.
Sometimes, however, the breast implants don't settle into the pocket by themselves.
In certain cases your surgeon may recommend the use of a Breast Displacement Strap (or 'Pole Strap', or 'Compression Band') to give your breast implants a bit of help!
A Breast Displacement Strap might be recommended by your surgeon if:
It's part of their post-surgical protocol - when they trust and believe a strap will help your breast implants settle in to the right place. Breast implants should settle into the pocket on their own but using a strap may speed up the process.
You're having a more complicated surgery - in certain surgeries (e.g. capsule release or tuberous breasts) using a strap can help with post-op swelling, provide pressure to move the breast implants in to place or even to support your inframammary fold (aka underboob crease).
Your breast implants don't settle in to place by themselves - they need a helping hand via pressure from a strap.
When and how you wear a strap, if it's recommended, will be up to your surgeon.
It can be worn anywhere from one to six weeks plus. It's worn above the breasts (for downward pressure).
A pain in the...
Ask anyone who's been advised to wear “The Strap” and you'll probably hear the same... it's not comfortable. It's not-so-affectionately called the 'death strap' in the online community.
It needs to be tight to work, girl!
If it’s uncomfortable to the point of you considering ditching it (which you shouldn’t!) check if you’re wearing it correctly first. Try placing a sock under the strap where it sits under your armpits should make it more comfy and stop the strap rubbing.
If it all gets too much, try and remember that it will only be temporary and when it's recommended it's because it's necessary for the best outcome. Only use one if recommended and if recommended to use one, use it!
To use one when not advised could mean damaging your breast pocket.
Bottom line: if your surgeon advises you to do (or not do) something... listen! There are some things that you shouldn’t take into your own hands, and this is one of those things.