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dear dr alan

I had breast lift/reduction and implant 4 weeks ago...i asked my dr if I can wear my surgical bra while walking exercising instead of sports bra because i  feel  surgical bra is more supportive than sports bra...he said its ok...i just need to get second opinion..is it ok to wear your surgical bra while walking exercising or is a sports bra better than surgical bra for exercise?

thank you.

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from Dr. Alan Engler
www.bodysculpture.com

HI Iama,

Yes, it's fine - as long as it doesn't chafe too much.  Sometimes surgical bras have enough stiff material so that if you're rubbing back and forth you can cause some skin irritation.

But I normally recommend that patients wait more like 6 weeks before exercising after this combination of procedures (breast lift and implants).  If anything, at 4 weeks, I allow a little lower body movement (like stretching).

However, what your surgeon says is completely appropriate and I think you can be comfortable with that advice.

I hope that this helps and good luck,

Dr. Alan Engler

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Dr. Engler has answered over 6400 questions on social media sites, including over 3500 on AllExperts alone. His expertise includes breast surgery (breast enlargement with implants, breast reduction, breast lifts), liposuction, eyelid surgery, tummy tucks, facelifts, lipomas, skin cancers, cysts, etc. Dr. Engler has been listed as one New York`s Top Doctors, and as "One of the World's Most Famous Aesthetic Surgeons" (Aesthetic Surgery, TASCHEN Books, Angelika Taschen, Editor). He is the author of 4 books, including "BodySculpture" (a best-selling plastic surgery book on breast surgery, liposuction and tummy tucks), "EyeScapes" (Plastic Surgery of the Eyelids), "Restylane," and "The Slim Book of Liposuction." Dr. Engler has two US Patents for surgical instruments that he's designed, and has appeared on numerous television shows, including The Tyra Banks Show, The Ricki Lake Show (four times), the Dr. Keith Ablow Show and Jerseylicious. Videos of his appearances are available on YouTube (search for "DR. ENGLER"), and his discussion of breast implants, also on YouTube is "How to Choose a Breast Implant." His website is www.bodysculpture.com. Follow Dr. Engler: @AlanEnglerMD

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Dr. Alan Engler is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York and the author of BodySculpture - Plastic Surgery of the Body for Men and Women (ISBN 0966382749) one of the top-selling plastic surgery books on amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, as well as EyeScapes - Plastic Surgery of the Eyelids.

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Dr. Engler graduated from Yale University (BA, Russian Studies) and the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (MD). He did his residency training in General Surgery and, after that, Plastic Surgery, at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York. He is on the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York in the Departments of both Surgery (Plastic Surgery) and Medicine (Dermatology), and is a Special Lecturer in the Department of Dermatology at Columbia University in New York. He has admitting privileges at Beth Israel Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center, both in New York.

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