So I had a bilateral mastectomy with Dr. Brownstein a week ago, and I've just been told I can take the binder off to shower, but that I have to wear it the rest of the time for another week. I've been suffering from a horrible heat rash because of the binder; it's so bad he wondered if I had an infection when he took the binder off today and prescribed antibiotics just in case (though I'm pretty sure it's heat rash because I had one on a scarification just last month-- I'm prone to them), and making it so I can't actually tell what parts of me are sore from surgery (and thus I should be careful about pulling/straining) and what parts of me are just intensely irritated skin.
One week after surgery, what is the purpose of the binder? Why am I wearing it and is it necessary to wear it 24 hours a day other than showering? I just want my skin to heal; the rash has honestly been the worst part of the recovery, believe it or not.