Discomfort from Sports Bra After Breast Reduction

The sports bra is causing me a bit of discomfort. It is not tight but just touching my nipples and scars is aggravating. Is there anything I can do about this?

Doctor Answers 8

Post op bra

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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.

If the bra is not suiting your needs you should let your surgeon know!

Breast Reduction and Bra?

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Thank you for the question.

The use of a soft pad between the hypersensitive areas and the bra  should help.

Best wishes.

Bra and sensitivity

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If your bra is uncomfortable, you may wan tto put some padding inside or talk to your doctor about what else you can wear.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Sensitivity of nipple and scars after breast reduction

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hypersensitivity of scars and the nipples after reduction mammplasty is very common. I recommend use of a ABD pad to cushion the crease and protect the nipple.Typically the sensitivity is heightened somewhere between '10 days to 3 weeks.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Hypersensitivity after breast reduction

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Some patients have numbness after reduction surgery and others may have excess sensitivity.  This resolves with time and massage and sometimes wearing a cotton T shirt under the bra or changing the bra helps.

Discomfort from sports bra after breast reduction

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You should discuss this issue with your plastic surgeon. He or she may tell you that you can discontinue wearing the bra, at least on a consistent basis. I use a bra to help minimize swelling shortly after surgery, but don't feel strongly about my patients wearing it consistently starting about a week after surgery.

If your surgeon still wants you to wear the bra, think about placing some padding over your nipples and scars, to minimize the hypersensitivity.

Best of luck.

Discomfort from sports bra after breast reduction

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Yes, Stop wearing that bra. Call your surgeon to discuss and get a larger on or softer one. These are issues that you should discuss with the operating surgeon.


Discomfort after breast reduction

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Sometimes patients experience hypersensitivity in the nipples after surgery. This is an unpleasant feeling when you touch the area or clothes rub against it. It is a temporary condition and usually goes away in 2-3 weeks. If it happens with my patients, I have them gently massage the area (use a littyle body lotion on the hands) of hypersensitivity to "desensitize" it. Scars can be tender as well and the same applies.

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