Bra Shopping After Breast Augmentation

A woman feels a bra while shopping after her breast augmentation surgery.

Many of our breast augmentation patients at Portland Plastic Surgery say that the chance to shop for new bras is one of the perks they really look forward to. They talk about the excitement of buying styles that they ignored or felt wouldn’t fit them well before getting breast implants.

But there are some important things to understand before splurging on expensive lingerie. For starters, you’ll want to be fully healed and wait until the implants have settled into place before heading to posh lingerie stores. And, buying new bras is just one of the ways your life changes after breast augmentation.

In this blog post, we provide some useful tips about bra shopping after breast implants for women who are considering breast augmentation. 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 can be important when bra shopping.

  • Be patient: The bras worn during the first 6 weeks or so after breast augmentation are more utilitarian than sexy. Wireless surgical bras and support bras are designed to help you heal, but they don’t look very pretty.
  • Get a professional fitting: Many women, whether they have breast implants or not, wear bras that don’t fit well, and some wear bras that are completely the wrong size. Also, augmented breasts typically have a slightly different feel and shape. So, I recommend having a specialist help you select the perfect bra to provide the correct level of support. A professional can also recommend bra styles that will work great with your new body shape. This professional fitting should be scheduled after you’ve completely healed.
  • Wait even a bit more before buying really expensive bras: Even after you’ve healed, your breasts continue changing. You might want to buy a nice bra or 2, but don’t splurge on bras 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.
  • 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: Bras can be expensive, and not everyone can afford to buy them. Consider giving your lightly used bras to charity. You can look around the Portland area for an organization that collects used bras. Another great place to start is ThirdLove, which partners with other non-profit organizations to collect and distribute used bras.

If you’re considering getting breast implants in the Portland, Oregon, area, browsing our gallery of before-and-after photos of actual patients can give you a good idea of the types of results we create at Portland Plastic Surgery. You can also request a consultation using the online form or call us at (503) 292-9200 to schedule an appointment.

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