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How long after BA can you start sleeping Bra-less

How long after BA can you start sleeping Bra-less

Postby WillBeHappy » Sun Nov 01, 2009 1:11 pm

I'm just wondering if doctors ever say you can sleep without some sort of support on after a BA. I'm assuming they prefer total support forever and ever, but how long after have any of you ladies started sleeping without a sports bra or other type of bra on?
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Re: How long after BA can you start sleeping Bra-less

Postby igot4 » Sun Nov 01, 2009 4:28 pm

I was told by my ps I could start sleeping with nothing at 3 weeks po :)
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Re: How long after BA can you start sleeping Bra-less

Postby after2princesses » Mon Nov 02, 2009 7:11 pm

My PS told me NOT to wear a bra or that I could wear a very light support bra after my sx. I've worn a light sports bra since day 1 because I wasn't comfortable going bra-less, they seem to ache more when I'm bra-less (hoping this goes away soon!).
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Re: How long after BA can you start sleeping Bra-less

Postby bluebikini4 » Wed Nov 04, 2009 2:32 pm

I just had my (somewhat) pre-op apt. I already know for sure what size, etc... Just had to go pay and get my prescriptions and instructions. I was reading over them and it says I'll be in my compression bra right after surgery for 4 days, I can remove the next day to shower, and am only allowed to wear a bra during the day. Can I tell you how stoked I am about this?! =D>

Maybe yours will be similar?!
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Re: How long after BA can you start sleeping Bra-less

Postby WillBeHappy » Thu Nov 05, 2009 4:13 pm

I decided to just go ahead and try sleeping bra-less last night...and boy was it comfortable! That sports bra I had been wearing at night was too tight as my PS had wanted me to purchase a small one to wear as a compression bra. I'm 6 weeks post op now. I'm wondering if it helps them drop faster by at least sleeping bra-less.
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Re: How long after BA can you start sleeping Bra-less

Postby ModSquad » Mon Nov 09, 2009 1:08 pm

I could go bra less at night if I wished too, bbbuuutttt with my size, I'm not comfy doing that, nope not at all... :shock: :lol:

Congrats to you on the comfy sleep, cute bra in avatar... 8)
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Re: How long after BA can you start sleeping Bra-less

Postby DrEdPark » Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:28 am

Greetings Happy,

Congratulations on your new you!

You will hear a lot of different opinions on sleeping with or without a bra...but the question you should be asking yourself is why? Why?
Sometimes PS will have a particular instruction that may not make sense, but you have to ask him/her why?

So this is my opinion that I tell my patients regarding sleeping with or without a bra. In the initial postoperative period, I have them wear a bra - Why? First of all, for compression (to fight swelling), and secondly to keep things that I have surgically dissected in place.

After the first week, when the pain subsides, I have the patient massage her implants. Why? I want the scar tissue to break up. I want the implants to stretch the surrounding tissue, so that they will eventually "drop" into their pockets.

Thereafter, do you need to wear a bra, for example, 6 months out? It depends! What it really depends on is size and skin elasticity. We all are fighting gravity every single second of the day.
I will give you two examples:

A) A young 22 year old female who has never had a children goes from size A to size C cup after implants. Does she need to wear a bra at night?....probably not. Her size is reasonable, and her skin elasticity is tight. Her implants will thus hold up better over a longer period of time.

B) A 37 year old mother of 3 children goes from small size C to size small DD after implants. Does she need to wear a bra at night? I strongly encourage wearing a comfortable sports bra at night....why? To prevent her implants from falling laterally towards her armpits when she is sleeping on her back. After 3 pregnancies, this particular patient has much thinner skin elasticity (it will stretch quicker from gravitational effects), and she has much larger breasts (again gravity will have a much larger effect).

So see where you are in the spectrum of size and skin elasticity....wearing a bra at night is completely up to you. However, I always encourage a comfortable bra at night because we are fighting gravity every day (night!).
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Re: How long after BA can you start sleeping Bra-less

Postby WillBeHappy » Wed Nov 11, 2009 1:38 pm

Thank you Dr. Park for that very informative reply! It makes total sense now! I appreciate so much your taking time out from your very busy day as a Plastic Surgeon to help so many women in this forum. You are a blessing, as are all the ladies on MMH.
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Re: How long after BA can you start sleeping Bra-less

Postby musbach01 » Wed Nov 11, 2009 3:03 pm

I think I started around 2 months.... But I do find it more comfortable to have a sports bra on.....
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