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The Right Bra Helps to Maintain Perfect Breasts

Articles 23 June 2016

Unlike the misconceptions, pectoral muscles do not play a role in the firmness of the breasts. So it is not possible to delay, stop, or reverse the sagging of the breasts with exercise even in the slightest way. However, wearing a good quality, well-sized bra can really help.

The anatomically defined breast does not have any supportive tissues: no muscles, tendons or bones. The fibers of the connective tissue and the skin become enlarged and sagged to the individual extent, usually from the late twenties. Unless you do something against it.

„Doing something” is possible from outside and from inside. Below is a list of how to use the bra correctly. Dr. Pataki is convinced that a properly inserted, well-shaped and not too large implant has a stabilizing effect, and it also delays the sagging of the breasts and slows down their aging.

Why Do You Need a Bra?

Nature provides flexible connective tissue fibers for keeping the shape of the breasts. The so-called Cooper’s ligaments are particularly important: they are running from the clavicle and the deep chest to extend and go around the cutis, the middle layer of the epithelium of the breasts.

As Cooper’s ligaments are connective tissues, they respond sensitively to all factors that affect the fluid level in the body or the collagen and elastin production which is crucial in the flexibility. In particular, changes in body weight, hormone changes, and aging have a negative effect on them. Significant weight gain and weight loss, pregnancy and lactation can their mark on these breast ligaments.

Since the firmness can only be restored by plastic surgery – by Breast Augmentation with implants, Fat Grafting, Breast Lift, or a combination of these –, prevention is the key. The simplest way to do this is to relieve the breasts from the power of gravity. A beautiful yet comfortable bra serves this purpose.

Over the years, the structural changes in the breasts are unavoidable, since the skin is constantly losing its moisture content, and the mammary glands start to become atrophied approaching to the end of the productive age. These biological processes can be slowed down by maintaining ideal body weight and a healthy lifestyle while the bra protects against physical effects.

Do You Have to Wear a Bra at Night?

Yes, definitely. Gravity, that causes the tissues to lose their elasticity, never sleeps. Moreover, due to the relaxation of the fixation of certain connective tissue fibers (muscles, fascia), there is a much greater force on the skin that can stretch during sleep. That’s why we are telling everyone to wear at least a loose sports bra at night most of the time. It also applies to women with implants, and it is also important for them to stabilize the skin above the implant.

About the Correct Size Selection

Similar to dresses, bras are scaled differently worldwide. In scaling, it is common to count the circumference of the chest under the breast and on the nipples, so the result consists of a number and a letter.

The first number of bra size means the circumference of the chest under the breasts. For example, the European numbering size of 75, for example, is for 73-77 cm with a tightly-held measuring tape, while size 95 is for 93-97 cm.

Cup size is the difference between the circumference on the nipples and under the breast. If the nipples are lowered by sagging you can get a more accurate value through a loose bra.

Bra Types for Every Case

There are different bras regarding the basic function. Each has its own role, one can not substitute for the other.

  • Normal bra
  • Sports bra
  • Maternity (nursing) bra
  • Postoperative bra, compression bra
  • High-grade compression bra

Normal Bra

It is undeniable that the bra has an aesthetic role besides its functionality. The latter, however, should not hinder former at all. Fortunately, there are now thousands of pieces that are good for both.

A proper sized and tailored bra does not cause any discomfort: it does not “cut” into the skin, and never leaves unpleasant marks. Unfortunately, many have negative experiences of wearing a bra, which is due to the fact that research shows that a significant proportion of women do not buy the right size. Accurate measurement, careful testing, and expert advice can help.

Sports Bra

Exercise increases the amount of strain on the breasts, so an extra hold is required. The need to wear a sports bra does not depend on the size of the breasts, as A or B cup sizes also endure a significant force from several directions, which must be counterbalanced somehow.

It is always advisable to choose a piece suitable for training intensity. Different types are comfortable during yoga, aerobics or running. For example, a wide strap is recommended from C cup. For strenuous activities, two sports bras can be used at the same time to provide maximum safety and comfort.

Maternity (Nursing) Bra

They combine the comfort of sports bras with a practical front design to make breastfeeding easier. This way, they provide a non-stop support for the increased and more sensitive breasts. Many women say that she is practically living in her maternity bra during the months after childbirth, taking it off only during shower.

Postoperative Bra, Compression Bra

After breast surgery, there is a need for much stronger support than provided by the bras available in lingerie stores, which can only be achieved with specially designed pieces. The bra, which is recommended by Dr. Pataki, and presented as a gift for every operation, is made of breathable compression mesh with cotton lining. There is no seam on it because it has been designed with a heat press method.

As a result, the breasts stay stable during movement. It has a double row French clip closure that facilitates putting on and taking off. The adjustable wide shoulder strap provides a stronger support. Depending on the type of breast surgery and the individual features, it must be worn for a period determined by the plastic surgeon.

High-grade Compression Bra

Used for burn injuries or after oncological surgery. It creates strong hydrostatic pressure, enhances venous backflow and prevents lymphedema.

(PG, SAV)


Breast Surgery Info

Complex information page with a description of the breast surgery procedures, a unique glossary - an explanation of the most important terms - and essential knowledge on the pre-and post-operative period.


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