Note that directly after top surgery, you may actually be required to wear a chest binder to improve healing. I wore a binder for six weeks almost continuously, which was pretty awful at the time. However, it was not as tight as binders used to flatten out the breasts (which is why I could wear it for so long). It was fitted to promote healing, which is a different situation. And I really needed it, as I had severe bleeding and bruising on one side.
Some people even use chest binders because they simply want a less curvy appearance. It's a modern, gender-bending world, and there are as many reasons for using chest binders as there are individual gender expressions. The point is, whatever your reason for using a chest binder, it is a good idea if this is something you personally want or need.
safety precautions when chest binding
It is essential when wearing a chest binder to take care to bind your chest safely. There are very important things inside your chest - notably, your heart and lungs, so you do have to be careful! You do not want to compromise your vital life functions.
Sadly, there are sometimes problems with chest binding, which is why it is so important to do it right. Wearing a binder that is too tight, or chest binding for too long, can cause problems. People have been known to faint, to have fluid build up in their lungs, and even to break rib bones (which can be very painful, very hard to treat - and should be very high on your NOT to do list).
Also, while you are very young your skin will put up with almost anything, but over time, damage may start to show. Most people don't want to cause longer-term damage to the elasticity or appearance of their skin. If it is severe enough, it may even impact the outcomes of top surgery (surgery to flatten out the chest and create a more male-looking chest). Dr. Scott Mosser says: