One of the perks enjoyed by breast augmentation patients at my plastic surgery practice in Los Angeles is the confidence they feel wearing clothes, workout gear, and bathing suits that they avoided before getting breast implants. This newfound confidence also inspires shopping for sexier and more fashionable bras.
It’s important, however, that women with new implants understand the timing of bra shopping after breast augmentation. Splurging immediately after breast enhancement surgery can lead to disappointment and a depleted bank account. To help you plan for post-breast enhancement bra shopping, I’ve compiled some tips that I believe all breast augmentation patients should know.
Use these tips as a guideline and, most importantly, enjoy your new curves:
- Be patient: Wearing a supportive sports bra during the recovery helps your breasts settle properly and is an integral part of the healing process. During the initial month or 2 after surgery, you can expect some residual swelling, and that will make it virtually impossible to determine your new bra size. Wait at least 6 weeks before even thinking about buying new bras.
- Get a professional fitting: Many women, whether they have breast implants or not, wear ill-fitting bras. Determining your bra size shouldn’t be guesswork, especially after undergoing breast augmentation surgery. A professional fitter has the expertise not only to identify the ideal bra size for you but also to provide recommendations about styles that will highlight your body’s new shape.
- Wait even a bit more before buying really expensive bras: Even after you’ve healed and the residual swelling is gone, your breasts continue changing as the implants settle into their final position. Buying a nice bra or 2 is fine, but don’t splurge until about 6 months have passed.
- Be adventurous: Once it’s time to celebrate your new breasts, don’t settle for the same old, same old. Explore the types of bras you’ve always avoided in the past. Try different styles and fashions and appreciate the feel of bras that fit just right.
- Donate your old bras: As women know, bras can be expensive, and not everyone can afford to buy quality items. A number of organizations accept lightly used bras that can be worn by other women. Start by looking in Southern California for a group or check out The Bra Recyclers, which has donated nearly 2 million gently used bras to more than 100 local, national, and international organizations.
The decision to get breast implants is exciting, and it’s essential to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with a reputation for excellent results. If you’re considering breast augmentation and are looking for a plastic surgery practice in Los Angeles, you can contact us using the online form or give us a call at (310) 300-1779 to schedule an appointment. It’s also helpful to view our gallery of before-and-after photos featuring our actual patients to get an idea of the types of results you can expect.