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Bra Support: Wear the Right One To Keep Your Breasts Perky


 "If you don't want your boobs to hit your knees by the time you're 30, always wear a bra, even to bed." -- Halle Berry

Why do women wear bras? Because without bra support, their breasts droop. Sagging breasts look unsightly and often feel uncomfortable. Wearing a bra is de rigueur for women who want to go out in public looking classy. It's even more essential for any woman who has breast implants as gravity is not our friend, and adding size and weight to your breasts with implants requires additional support.

Why Do Breasts Sag?

Most women will experience breast sagging within their lifetime no matter the size of their breasts or their genetics. That's because the Cooper's ligaments, the connective tissue in breasts that helps keep them elevated, stretch over time. Like the tissue around your eyes, these ligaments contain collagen and elastin. The body produces less of both of these as we age. Also, during menopause, dense glandular breast tissue is replaced by fat. Fat is, unfortunately, more likely to sag.

A good bra is designed to lift and support breasts, but it can't magically stop either gravity or aging. Those are the culprits behind breast droop, along with the stress pregnancy and weight gain during pregnancy put on those ligaments. Any kind of weight gain will increase the risk of sagging, as will smoking, tanning, and poor nutrition because all of those impair the body's ability to produce collagen.

Getting Good Bra Support

Finding the right bra can be a challenge. Eighty percent of women do not wear bras that are sized correctly for their breasts, so they are not as comfortable or supportive as they can be. Dr. Feldman does not want you to be one of them! After your breast augmentation surgery, it's essential to wear the surgical bra Dr. Feldman will provide for you and to wear it all the time (24/7 except in the shower) until you're educated on proper bra sizing, adequate levels of support, and what styles to avoid (typically at your 2 week follow-up visit). Not wearing your surgical bra according to instructions will increase your risk for pain, swelling, bruising, and post-surgical complications like implant malposition ("bottoming out") or over lateralization (your breasts ending up in your armpits when you're laying down).

Even once you have fully healed (3-6 months), it's still vital to find the right bra support and wear it. Your breasts will weigh more, and you will need that bra to support the added weight of your new breasts so your skin doesn't have to do the work. Be your own best advocate. Purchase a bra that supports well and feels good based on the education Dr. Feldman and his staff provide. Schedule a "bra check" if you're not 100% confident the bra is matched to your anatomy and breasts. At your 2-week follow-up appointment, we will instruct you on how to buy a bra that fits and supports your breasts properly. You don't want a bra that is too tight either. The right bra should keep your implants in position at all times.

The better bra support you have, the more comfortable you will be and the better your new breasts will look when not wearing a bra. The better your breasts look, the more you will enjoy going places and the happier you will be with your investment in yourself. Bra support is not something to neglect, and must be done prophylactically. Once your implants are at your knees or in your armpits, a bra cannot fix that! If you take good care of your breasts, you will be able to enjoy their beauty and perkiness for years to come.

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