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Internal Bra Surgery – What Are They and Do They Work?

internal bra surgery

In the world of plastic surgery, advancements are constantly being made to ensure safe and effective procedures. One such innovation that has gained attention in recent years is the concept of the “internal bra.”

The word “internal bra” is often misinterpreted as a less invasive alternative to breast augmentation surgeries, that will allow for the breasts to appear shapelier without the need for further surgery. In reality, internal bras are typically used in conjunction with these types of surgery as another way to help prop up the breast and help to reduce sagging as the breast tissue and skin lose their elasticity.

An internal bra can help produce a shapelier breast on its own, but in most cases is used in addition to other types of breast surgery.

One thing that internal bras typically can’t do is replace your need to wear an actual external bra though. They cannot provide the overall support that a normal, clothing-based, bra will provide.

What is an Internal Bra?

An internal bra is a mesh-like supportive structure inserted within the breast during a surgical procedure to provide added support and longevity to breast augmentation or breast lift results. Think of it as a hidden support system that helps maintain the shape and firmness of the breasts over time.

It is designed to help support the underside of the breast and to help slow down the natural loss of elasticity in the skin and breast tissue which can cause sagging.

How Does the Internal Bra Work?

The internal bra works by utilizing a mesh-like material or sutures to create a supportive framework within the breast tissue. This framework helps distribute the weight of the breast evenly, reducing the strain on the natural breast tissue and skin. By providing additional support, the internal bra aims to enhance the longevity of the results achieved through breast augmentation or breast lift surgery.

The mesh product that Dr. Adams uses during this type of procedure is a biodegradable material that is designed to help the body produce its own new collagen overtime so that once the mesh appliance dissolves, the new collagen is left to help support the breast.

This is a great option as it allows for your body to naturally do the supporting as opposed to having a foreign object under your breast providing this additional level of support.

When is an Internal Bra Used?

Breast Augmentation

An internal bra is often used in conjunction with breast augmentation procedures. It provides additional support for breast implants, helping to maintain the desired shape and preventing sagging over time.

Breast Lift

For patients seeking a breast lift, the internal bra can be a valuable addition. It supports the reshaped breast tissue, ensuring a lifted and youthful appearance for a more extended period.

On Its Own

An internal bra procedure can be performed on its own, without the addition of a breast augmentation or traditional breast lift as well. The mesh product will be inserted below the natural breast, just as it would if you were using it in conjunction with an implant, and it will help to push up and shape your breast in a way that is more appealing to you.

As with any breast augmentation procedures, it’s important to talk to your board-certified plastic surgeon and discuss the different options available to you. They will know which procedure will give you the results you are looking for.

An internal bra procedure on its own may not provide the results you’re looking for all the time, and skin and tissue will continue to lose elasticity as you age, so typically, utilizing the internal bra method in addition to implants or a traditional breast lift, will yield the best results.

Do Internal Bras Work?

The effectiveness of internal bras in breast augmentation and lifts has been supported by positive outcomes in many cases. However, individual results may vary, and it’s essential to have realistic expectations.


  1. Longevity: The internal bra contributes to the longevity of breast augmentation and lift results by providing ongoing support.
  2. Natural Appearance: When performed by a skilled surgeon, the internal bra can contribute to a natural and aesthetically pleasing breast appearance.
  3. Reduced Sagging: By distributing the weight more evenly, the internal bra helps minimize sagging over time.


  1. Skill of the Surgeon: The success of an internal bra procedure relies heavily on the surgeon’s expertise. It is crucial to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in this technique.
  2. Patient Factors: Individual factors, such as skin elasticity and lifestyle choices, can impact the long-term results of an internal bra procedure.

The Internal Bra Surgical Process

  1. Consultation

Before undergoing an internal bra procedure, patients typically have a consultation with their plastic surgeon. During this consultation, the surgeon will assess the patient’s goals, evaluate their current breast anatomy, and discuss the suitability of the internal bra for their specific case.

  1. Anesthesia

Like many surgical procedures, internal bra surgery is performed under anesthesia to ensure the patient’s comfort and safety throughout the operation.

  1. Incisions

Small incisions are made in inconspicuous areas, such as the natural breast crease or along the areola, to minimize visible scarring.

  1. Placement of Internal Bra

The surgeon then creates the internal bra by strategically placing sutures or a mesh-like material within the breast tissue. This supportive structure is tailored to each patient’s unique anatomy.

  1. Closing Incisions

Once the internal bra is in place, the incisions are carefully closed with sutures.

Should I Get Internal Bra Surgery?

The internal bra is a promising advancement in plastic surgery, offering additional support to enhance the outcomes of breast augmentation and lift procedures. While it has shown positive results in many cases, the success of the internal bra relies on factors such as the surgeon’s skill and individual patient characteristics.

If you are considering a breast augmentation or lift with an internal bra, it is crucial to consult with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon who can assess your unique needs and provide personalized recommendations. With proper care and attention, the internal bra can be a valuable tool in achieving natural-looking and long-lasting breast enhancement results.


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