18 Days and Wanting to Take a Break from Sports Bra?

My doctor wants me to wear a sports bra for 4 weeks post op breast reduction. I just want a few hours a day to break from the bra. Would it be ok or would I mess up the shape and healing process? Thanks

Doctor Answers 8

Post op bra

Every doctor has different post op instructions so you should ask your surgeon what would work for you.
The dressings vary from patient to patient. Some patients may be placed in a sports bra; others will wear a stabilizing elastic support strap. Your doctor will decide after surgery and in subsequent weeks, which dressing will suit your needs and how long you would need to wear them.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 157 reviews

Sports bra after breast reduction

Thank you for your question. I often recommend that patients find a sports bra that opens in the front and that is comfortable to wear. They can take breaks during the day (or night) and I also encourage lymphatic breast massage after a week. At four weeks, most of you swelling is gone, so taking breaks for comfort should be fine.

Young R. Cho, MD, PhD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Removing a sports bra for a few hours a day 18

In the scheme of things, a few hours a day out of a sports type bra following a breast reduction should not have any long term untoward consequences as long as you replace it with some sort of supportive bra. You should, however, discuss this issue with your plastic surgeon.

Steven Turkeltaub, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Breast reduction and bra

Most surgeons want patients to avoid an underwire bra. It is usually Ok to wear a bra without an underwire. Best to ask you surgeon.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Sports bra after breast reduction

Substituting a "regular" bra for the sports bra for a limited number of hours should not be damaging to the result. However, you should not wear an underwire bra until your doctor instructs you to do so. The sports bra is important because it provides you with support as you heal from the surgery. I would recommend "saving" the time out of it for special events or plans when they want the look of cleavage and shape. My patients rarely complain about the sports bra because they are so thrilled with their new, smaller, lifted breasts that they do not want to risk the result at all.

Robert L. Kraft, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Sports Bra After Reduction

It is fine for you to take a small break from time to time.  The sports bra is for support during the healing process.



Several Hour Reprieve from Sports Bra after Breast Reduction

       Support after breast reduction is important for your long term support and to help maintain the lift for longer.  This has its effects over months and years.  It is probably of little consequence to be out of the bra for a few hours.

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 496 reviews

Sports bra use following breast reduction

Thanks for your question.  I don't think it will change any of your long term results if you take a break from your sports bra for a few hours.  Usually it will feel good for a few hours to be out of it then you will miss the support that the bra offers and will feel better when you get back into the bra.  Hope this helps to answer your question.

Shaun Parson, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

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