One of the most exciting milestones after getting breast implants is shopping for new clothes, including stylish and sexier bras. A newfound sense of confidence inspires breast augmentation patients to update their wardrobes after surgery with tops, dresses, and swimsuits that highlight their new curves.
But before going on a shopping spree at your favorite lingerie store, read this blog post to learn more about the best post-surgical bras and why you should wait before buying the bras you’ve been dreaming about.
First things first: In the first several days after breast augmentation surgery, your breasts will be swollen and tender. As the swelling diminishes, the size of the breasts may continue fluctuating. For the first 2 weeks after surgery, you need to wear a surgical bra 24 hours a day, except when showering or bathing. The bra should not have underwires. A surgical bra—sometimes called a compression bra—helps keep bandages in place and restricts the movement of implants. It also promotes healing and helps reduce swelling.
A surgical bra is different from a sports bra, and we can recommend the best post-operative bra for you. Once you’ve stopped wearing the surgical bra, you can transition to a sports bra.
When Can You Shop for Bras?
Being patient is never easy. You may have been considering getting breast implants for months or years and are likely eager for the chance to buy some fashionable bras. It’s best to wait at least 6 weeks or more for the residual swelling after surgery to resolve.
Once that time has passed, it’s essential to know the size of your breasts after augmentation. Surprisingly, many women wear bras that don’t fit well because they don’t accurately measure their breasts. And there is no standard cup size from one brand of bra to another. Having a professional fitter measure your breasts is well worth the cost. Not only will you be confident about the ideal bra size, but a fitter can also provide expert recommendations about styles and brands that will highlight your body’s new shape.
Once you’ve selected a bra that provides excellent support and is aesthetically pleasing, sticking to the same maker is a good idea. Be adventurous in your choices and have fun. This is one of the perks of getting breast implants, and it’s OK to splurge a bit on bras. Try some bright colors or lacy details that you can wear with confidence.
Donate Gently Used Bras
Bras are expensive, and not everyone can afford to buy quality items. Several organizations accept donations of lightly used bras that other women can wear. The national organization Free the Girls includes several locations in the Baltimore area where you can drop off your used pre-implant bras.
If you’re in the Columbia area and considering breast augmentation, whether you’re from Ellicott City, Baltimore, MD, or beyond, you can request a consultation using the online form. You can also contact our two convenient offices by phone at (410) 884-4200 (Ellicott City) or (410) 751-2348 (Westminster).