Getting the opportunity to expand your wardrobe—including new lingerie options—is one of the best perks of breast augmentation. When women get breast implants at my Boston, MA, practice, they are often very excited about buying their new bras in styles they may not have been able to wear before. However, I am careful to advise them about the timing of bra shopping after breast augmentation.
In this blog post, I’ll explain what you need to consider before splurging on a drawer full of expensive bras. These tips can help you make informed decisions and save you money.
How To Find the Best Bra for Breast Implants
If you follow these tips after undergoing breast augmentation surgery, you’ll likely be thrilled with the array of choices you have when it comes time to replenish your bra inventory.
1. Wait until your implants have settled.
Women who get breast implants are understandably excited about the chance to stock up on new bras, but healing and recovery come first. Your breasts will be swollen and sore after surgery, and you’ll need to wear surgical (soft, supportive) bras for 4 to 6 weeks. As the swelling goes down, the breasts will begin settling.
2. Get a professional fitting.
Many women, whether they have breast implants or not, wear ill-fitting bras because they’ve never had a professional bra fitting. Lingerie stores have associates who are trained to help women find bras that look and feel amazing. They can even help you choose bras and make sure they fit you well. Use a bra size calculator to get started.
3. Wait even a bit more before buying really expensive bras.
Even after you’ve healed, your breasts continue changing. Buying a nice bra or 2 is fine, but don’t splurge until about 3 to 6 months have passed. Also, many surgeons recommend you wait several months before wearing an underwire bra, which can irritate incisions and restrict blood flow to the healing tissues. You’ll be glad you waited.
4. Be adventurous.
Your new breasts don’t deserve the same old, same old. Trying different styles and colors than you’re used to is part of the fun. You might discover a style that you’ve never considered before, that fits better than your old bras ever did. Plan a shopping trip with friends so you can get feedback about your choices.
5. Donate your old bras.
As you know, bras can be expensive and not everyone can afford to buy them. Share your good fortune by donating your old bras to a charity store for disadvantaged women in your community.
Breast augmentation can be a confidence booster for women who have always had smaller breasts or whose breasts have changed after having children or losing weight. You can see for yourself the results of my previous patients in the photos below and in my gallery of before-and-after photos.