Chest Binder for Chest Comprssion
Chest Binder is applied to the thoracic region to compress and bind the rib cage and provide splinting to the sternum while allowing sufficient flexibility for comfortable breathing
- Anatomic chest pad
- Controlled compression
- Optimum chest splinting
- Soft feel
Why do people do it?
People bind their chests for many reasons.
Some of the more common reasons include:
- to conceal or minimize one’s chest or larger breasts for a flatter appearance
- trans folk also use for enhance the confidence.
- Manage gender dysphoria, including chest dysphoria and social dysphoria
- to support mental health
- for drag, role-play, or cosplay
- to affirm gender identity or expression
- Aesthetic preference
- to fit into clothes designed for “men” with more ease
- to present or be perceived as masculine or a man
There are a number of different techniques individuals may use to bind their chests. These include:
- Sports bra
- Compression shirts
- Ace bandages
- Binders, or garments that are specifically made for the purpose of chest compression
- Trans-tape, or a type of wide kinetic tape that is specifically designed for being worn for multiple days, including in the shower
Each method of chest binding is associated with different potential problems. However, in general, devices made specifically for binding may be less likely to cause side effects when used properly.
Effects Associated with Chest Binding
- health problems like pain and discomfort, especially in back, chest, shoulders, and breasts.
- Dermatological symptoms including acne, itch, rash, lesions, infections, reduced skin elasticity.
- Shortness of breath.
- Lightheadedness and dizziness.
- Numbness and impaired circulation.
Things to Know
- Chest binding (compressing breast tissue to give the appearance of a flat chest) is common among anyone who doesn’t want their chest to look feminine.
- Do NOT bind your chest with duct tape or plastic wrap. The most popular safe methods are to use commercial binders, sports bras, strategic layering, and bandages or elastic materials.
- If you’re binding frequently, make sure to take breaks throughout the day and take days off, as binding continuously can cause negative side effects .
- If you hope to get top surgery (a procedure to reduce or remove breast tissue), binding frequently can affect skin elasticity and impact surgery outcomes
- Binding practices may be harmful.
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