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Anyone told they don't need a bra post op?

  • pjcookie
  • 1 year ago

I had a breast reduction and lift 10 days ago, went from a 34D to a 34B. I went home from the hospital bandaged, no bra. The bandages were removed after 2 days and my surgeon advised I didn't need a bra. While I trust my surgeon, I've seen so much on the internet about the importance of a post-op bra, I'm a bit concerned. I know my breasts will drop in the coming months but I'm concerned about making it worse by not wearing a bra. I would be devestated to end up with saggy breasts again. A second question: I was surprised at how little pain I was in after the surgery, but seem to be feeling it more now 10 days later. My left breast is quite sore and I started getting sharp pains in my nipple. Is this normal?

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My ps said no bra of any kind. It was also printed in bold on my instruction papers. i think doctors have differing opinions, but we'll all be ok in the end. i know this: Lots of times I couldn't have stood a bra!! Now, I wear one of those "barely there" bras you get at kohls to work. the minute i get home, i change into a sleveless men's undershirt. I got 3 at Wal-Mart. That's what i sleep in. Like you, I went home in bandages. My BR was Nov 15. Last week was hard; this one is much better.
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Thank you so much for your response Razorback! It's comforting to know that I'm not the only one who has received this advice. My BR was November 28th and I'm coping pretty well but the bruising on my left breast is causing considerable discomfort. I won't want to go braless to work so I'll see if I can find the barely-there bras somewhere here - I live in Toronto. Thanks again for the advice - I hope you are recovering well.
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I was told to wear a bra always for the next few months. My Dr said it was ok to wear a sports bra that zips up front. I don't think I could handle being braless
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I was in a surgical compression bra for 5 weeks. My PS just told me yesterday I could move to other bras, but choose support as the longer in sports/compression styles the less effect gravity would have on the healing and final shaping. I got a new less compressing bra yesterday, it felt great but slept in my surgery bra...I want the most perky B/C's and least jiggle I can get!!
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My PS said to wear the surgical bra 24/7 for the first 4 weeks at least. I'm sure your PS has his reasons, but I would ask him anyway.
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its all normal dont worry ,you are going to probably feel like you have mice scratching inside you boobs also . my boobs are still sensitive no my nipples to cold .
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wow i had myBR reduction in September and lift and my doctor put a support bra on me rite after my surgery and i had to use it for about 2 months or so.he said i had to wear it to give my boobs their new shape and for support. i cant believe your doctor said not to ware one wow thats new to me.
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I was instructed to wear a bra 24/7 after my surgery for up to the first 4 months.  I actually loved my surgical bra and the bit of compression felt good.  I was told it would help reduce swelling, shape the breasts and provide some protection to the incisions.  Well it sure did and all of the above.  

I wore mine round the clock except for the shower of course for 4 months.  I then continued to wear them until 6 months because they were comfortable.  I say do what feels good to you.

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