Do You Recommend All the Time Go with a Bra? Does Sleeping with a Bra or Sports Bra is Healthy?

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Support After Breast Lift

It is always a good idea the have some breast support throughout the day unless your breasts naturally sit high and firm on your chest wall.  For anyone undergoing a lift, it is a good idea to wear a good support bra throughout the day. Some women wear one at night as well, such as a comfortable sports bra, but there is no real objective data to say how much time is necessary, etc.  So much depends on your genetics and how those tissues want to respond over time.  It is ok to go braless at times, but for the most part, I would suggest comfortable support as much as possible.

Barrington Plastic Surgeon
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Sports bra after breast augmentation

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 and I also encourage breast massage after a week. It is important for your implants to move around and develop a comfortable space (or capsule) within the breast.

Young R. Cho, MD, PhD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Do You Recommend All the Time Go with a Bra? Does Sleeping with a Bra or Sports Bra is Healthy?

There is no objective data to support using a bra for postop support.  Most surgeons do recommend using the bra to counter the effects of gravity pulling against the healing incision for some time--I like three weeks, but that is arbitrary. Using a sports bra during exercise will help counter gravity, we think.

All the best. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Wearing a Bra All Day and Night

  Although most plastic surgeons recommend support for the breasts to increase longevity of breast lift, there are no well researched protocols for bra wear.

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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There is a lot of discussion about the pros/cons of using a bra. Generally speaking, I think the use of a bra can only be positive/supportive when women are involved in strenuous activity. I tell my patients that time and gravity are not necessarily our friends and that  a  supportive bra  may be.

 I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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