Bra Shopping After Breast Augmentation: What You Need to Know

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Shopping for new bras is one of the most exciting parts of the breast augmentation experience for the Houston women I treat. After all the planning, anticipation, and recovery, the bra-shopping process is your chance to celebrate your new look and enjoy trying on lingerie you’ve always wanted to fill out. As you go about dressing your new shape, however, there are a few things you should keep in mind about what to expect.

Here are a few tips for making the most of your post-surgery shopping experience.

Let Yourself Heal

Breast augmentation is more than just a makeover; it’s a medical procedure that calls for rest and recovery. While you may feel ready to hit the mall soon after your surgery, it’s important to give yourself all the time you need to heal fully. For most women, it takes about 3 to 6 weeks to get completely back into the swing of things, including more physically demanding activities like exercise or marathon shopping trips. Try not to push yourself to do too much too soon.

During this time, you’ll wear support bandages and surgical bras, so you won’t need to run out and buy new bras right away. Once your bandages are removed, you’ll wear sports bras to give your breasts plenty of compression and support. Because your incisions may still be sensitive, you should steer clear of push-up bras or bras with underwires at this point.

Get a Professional Fitting

Many women, even those who haven’t had surgery, don’t know their proper bra size. A professional fitting helps you become more familiar with your new figure and makes sure you’re flattering it in the best way possible.

Breast augmentation can cause your breasts to have a different size and shape than you’ve ever shopped for before, so professional assistance is a must. A professional can recommend styles that work well with your body type and suggest items that will give you plenty of support to slow gravity’s effect on your implants.

Be Smart About New Styles

A new wardrobe can mark the beginning of your life after breast augmentation (which you can learn more about in our previous blog post). Picking out new bras is your time to celebrate your results and experiment with things you’ve been dreaming about wearing. Let yourself have fun browsing through brand new lingerie options and exploring new looks—but don’t break the bank just yet.

While it’s great to get excited about buying a few bras right away, it’s important to understand that breasts shift slightly as they drop or settle. Wait about 6 months post-op before investing in expensive items so you can be sure your new pieces will fit perfectly for years to come.

Breast augmentation recovery is a journey. With a little patience and help from the pros, you can select the best bras to match your new body and lifestyle.

Wondering what your results will look like? Visit our breast augmentation before-and-after photo gallery.

Want to learn more about life after getting breast implants here in Houston? Please contact us online or call (713) 571-0600.

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