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A very common question that many women have following breast reduction surgery is “When can I wear an underwire bra?” Some believe that they can never wear one again whereas others might have heard, were told or read recommendations for various periods of time and are confused about the correct answer.

So what is the real answer?

Believe it or not there is no right or wrong answer. There are no definitive, evidenced based studies in the medical literature which reveal that any specific period of time is better than any other or even if an underwire should be worn at all. As a result, each plastic surgeon may have his/her own protocol involving different amounts of time that seems to work for their patients.

What do I recommend for my patients?

A few days after breast reduction surgery, my patients are placed in a sports type bra for a few weeks. Thereafter, they are instructed to wear a comfortable but supportive bra on a regular basis to help maintain the shape of their breasts for a longer period of time especially against the undesirable and relentless forces of gravity. This can include an underwire bra but doesn’t have to necessarily be one.

Due to normal postoperative healing, the incision along the crease will be inflamed and even tender for a few months and it will be during this period of time that an underwire bra may not be very comfortable to wear. Generally, most patients wait at least 2 – 3 months before being able to wear an underwire bra without any discomfort. This time does vary between patients.

If you would like more information on breast reduction surgery or for any other plastic surgery procedure that I perform or to schedule your complimentary consultation with me, please call my office at 480-451-3000.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.

We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

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