One of the perks of breast augmentation that our Washington, D.C., patients enjoy is the chance to update their wardrobes, including their bras. Women who may have always had limited options shopping for bras now get the opportunity to wear sexier and more fashionable bras.
Buying new bras is just one of the ways your life changes after breast augmentation. Before you splurge on a drawerful of expensive lingerie, however, you need to wait until you’re fully healed and the implants have settled into place.
In this blog post are some useful tips for bra shopping after breast implants. These tips include information about the bras you’ll wear immediately after the surgery, the timing of switching to other bras, and why your attitude about bra shopping can be important.
- Be patient: The bras worn during the first 6 weeks or so after breast augmentation are more utilitarian than sexy. Wireless surgical bras and soft support bras are designed to help you heal, but they won’t turn any heads.
- Wait even a bit more before buying really expensive bras: Even after you’ve healed, your breasts continue to change. You might want to buy a nice bra or 2, but don’t splurge until about 6 months have passed. By then, you can be very confident that your breasts’ new shape and size aren’t likely to change noticeably.
- Get a professional fitting after you’ve fully healed: Many women, whether they have breast implants or not, wear bras that don’t fit very well. Some bras are entirely the wrong size. Augmented breasts typically have a slightly different feel and shape, and we recommend having a specialist help you select the perfect bra to provide the correct level of support. A professional can also recommend bras styles that will work great with your new body shape.
- Be adventurous: Your new breasts don’t deserve the same old, same old. This is the exciting part, so try something completely new! The range of colors and styles available can be a bit overwhelming if you’re used to buying traditional bras, but shop with an open mind. Arrange your first shopping trip with friends so you can get some real-time feedback and have fun.
- Donate your old bras: As women know, bras can be expensive, and not everyone can afford to buy them. Consider giving your lightly used bras to charity. A great place to begin is by visiting ThirdLove, which partners with other non-profit organizations to collect and distribute used bras.
If you’re considering getting breast implants in the Washington, D.C. area, browse our gallery of before-and-after photos. These photos show actual patients, and they can give you a good idea of the types of results we create at the Center for Plastic Surgery. You can also request a consultation using the online form or schedule an appointment by calling us at (301) 652-7700.