How uncomfortable is it have a compression bra on 24/7?
How Long Do Patients Sleep in the Recovery Bra After a Breast Reduction?
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Sleeping in a bra after breast reduction surgery
Most patients will appreciate the support of a sleep bra after breast reduction surgery. Most will wear it about two weeks while others may find it more comfortable for 6 weeks or more. Every surgeon may recommend a different time period for recovery garments. If the bra is uncomfortable, ask your surgeon if you can switch to a cotton sports bra or a camisole with shelf bra.
Healing after #BreastReduction
Our staff at the Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery will help you select the proper size. The bra holds the breasts symmetrically during the initial healing. The initial discomfort subsides daily and can be controlled with oral medication. It is best to wear the bra 24 hours each day until released by the doctor.
We generally recommend that patients wear a compressive support bra following this procedure.This bra is worn day and night for three weeks.The majority of patients have no difficulty tolerating it’s use.Patients are then switched to a sports bra for an additional six weeks.At this point patients are allowed to return to a regular bra, but underwire bras are avoided until wound healing is complete.
Patients who undergo breast reduction surgery can expect swelling and discomfort following this procedure.In an effort to decrease swelling, most surgeons utilize compression garments in the post-operative period.Compression minimizes swelling and decreases post-operative pain.It helps to remodel soft tissue and contributes significantly to the contour improvement seen with this procedure.
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Sports bra after Breast Reduction
I have my patients wear a crop-top sports brea with no underwire day and night (coming out of it only to shower) for the first few weeks. Most of my patients don't mind it - they say that it gives them good support and allows them to get on with the things they want to do.
I hope this helps and good luck with your surgery.
Post Breast Reduction Support Bra
Instead of a support bra, I use ace wraps for about a week for a breast reduction surgery patient as I find that the wraps are easier to adjust to the varying amount of post operative swelling a patient experience.
Then, I suggest that the patients were a sports bra for gentle support and commfort for an additional 3 to 4 weeks. This allows for the wounds to heal, and reduces stress on the wounds and breast tissues generally.
Post-surgical bra for breast reduction doesn't have to be uncomfortable
Each plastic surgeon has his/her own protocol for wearing of various bras following a breast reduction. Some may request that they be worn day and night for 1 week or 2 weeks or even more. This bra does not have to be uncomfortable at all - nor should it. It should provide support to allow for healing and COMFORT!
Breast reduction bra