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Page Updated on May 31, 2022 by Dr. Norman Rowe (Plastic Surgeon) of Rowe Plastic Surgery

Did you ever wonder why your breasts sag, especially as you age, after pregnancy or after weight loss? Your breasts are made up of fat, milk ducts, connective tissue and glands, so they have no internal support. Gravity and time take their toll on the shape of your once-perky breasts of your youth.

Many women decide to get a breast lift to solve the problem of sagging breasts. The number of breast lift procedures being done in the United States is growing at twice the rate of breast augmentation surgeries. A newer alternative for a droopy bust is the internal bra technique, which provides extra support for your breasts and implants, if you’ve already decided that breast implants were absolutely worth it.

Confidence comes from liking the way you look. If a saggy bosom is making you sad, visit the cosmetic team at Rowe Plastic Surgery with offices in Manhattan, Long Island, New Jersey and the Hamptons. An experienced, compassionate breast surgeon can review your options for lifting your breasts and supporting them with an internal bra technique. It may help you look and feel your best.

What Is the Internal Bra Technique?

An internal bra isn’t a bra at all, and it’s not meant to replace your bra. It’s a procedure that’s used to provide better support for your breast tissue or implants from the inside. It mimics the support and lift of a push-up bra. The goals of the internal bra technique procedure are to:

  • Help you attain fullness and cleavage
  • Control the implant position if they fall too low, which is known as bottoming out
  • Correct the implant position if they’re too close together, which is known as symmastia or uniboob
  • Help delay the effects of aging and gravity
  • Provide support after a breast reconstruction procedure

The internal bra technique is a great way to improve the stability and shape of your bust. This procedure can even be combined with other surgeries, such as an augmentation, revision  or reduction.

What’s the Difference Between an Internal Bra and a Breast Lift?

Surgery that uses the internal bra technique is similar to a traditional breast lift. Both aim to rejuvenate your breasts to a higher and rounder appearance. The primary difference between the two involves:

  • A traditional breast lift uses the skin envelope for support.
  • An internal bra technique is a specialized breast lift that uses inserted synthetic materials, such as scaffold or mesh, rather than just skin for support.

Surgery with the internal bra technique doesn’t add any more scarring and may even lead to less. This procedure usually has a faster healing time than a traditional breast lift, and your results last longer.

Who’s a Good Candidate for the Internal Bra Technique?

Whether your breasts have started to sag from pregnancy, prolonged breastfeeding, weight loss or aging, you may be looking to restore the fullness and perkiness of the bust from your youth. These are valid reasons to consider an internal bra surgery. You need to be in good health to have the procedure. Other factors that make you a good candidate include:

  • Desiring to improve the shape and position of breasts
  • Having breast implants, but still experiencing sagging
  • Wanting to provide support for weak breast tissue that can’t adequately hold your implants in place
  • Having a problem from a prior procedure, such as an implant that shifted out of position

The weight of larger implants can lead to a faster rate of sagging. Having surgery for an internal bra at the same time as getting implants can provide support from the moment you first get larger breasts. Ask your plastic surgeon about getting an internal bra technique when you’re planning augmentation or a lift.

What Can I Expect from the Procedure?

The internal bra technique surgery is an outpatient procedure that usually lasts around three hours. If it’s being combined with other cosmetic procedures, the total time may be longer. During the procedure, your NYC or NJ surgical team:

  1. Administers general anesthesia so that you sleep during the procedure
  2. Inserts supportive material into the lower part of your breast
  3. Attaches this material to your chest wall

The supportive material works like a sling or hammock under your breast. It eventually breaks down and is absorbed by your body, but not until 12 to 18 months after the surgery. By then, it’s replaced with your body’s own natural tissue.

How Long Does It Take to Recover?

After you’ve had the internal bra technique surgery, you return home after a short time in recovery. Arrange for a ride home, as you won’t be able to drive yourself. Expect a few weeks to recover. You may experience some swelling and discomfort, which you can relieve with over-the-counter pain medication. Instructions from your surgeon may include:

  • Limit strenuous activity for three to four weeks
  • Avoid heavy lifting during that period
  • Avoid stretching too

Pay attention to all the post-operative instructions your plastic surgeon gives you. You may need to wear a surgical bra for several weeks. You should be able to return to work after a week, as long as your job isn’t too physically demanding.

How Long Does an Internal Bra Last?

An internal bra is meant to provide long-term results. Reasons this procedure may last longer than a traditional breast lift include:

  • The materials used to support your breast won’t stretch out or become degraded as time passes.
  • The procedure doesn’t rely on skin that’s been stretched out for many years to provide support.

The length of time an internal bra lasts varies, based on factors such as whether you gain or lose significant amount of weight. A breast lift using the internal bra technique can slow down sagging for approximately 10 years.

Where Can I Get an Internal Bra Technique in NYC or NJ?

Before deciding to have the internal bra technique, take the time to talk to a board certified cosmetic surgeon who has plenty of experience. The doctors at Rowe Plastic Surgery have been practicing in New York City and New Jersey for close to a decade. Highly skilled surgeons, they’re board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, meaning they know the latest procedures, including the internal bra technique.

Set up a consultation with Rowe Plastic Surgery to find out your options for expert breast surgery. You may be interested in the internal bra technique as a standalone surgery, or you may want to combine it with another procedure. Either way, your NYC plastic surgeon can explain the internal bra technique in detail and answer any questions you have. Visit the office in Manhattan, Plainview or Water Mill, NY or in Montclair or Red Bank, NJ.

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