Shopping for new bras is always one of the most fun perks of getting a breast augmentation. No matter where they’re from, our patients look forward to trying on new styles and treating themselves to new bras they never considered wearing before their surgery.
Before you start browsing through the Victoria’s Secret catalog, though, it’s important to purchase something a little more practical for the first couple of months after the procedure.
Shopping for bras right after surgery won’t be quite as fun as your future trips to the lingerie store. But there are 3 types of bras you’ll need after breast augmentation:
The Post-Op Bra: This is the bra you’ll wear for the first week or so after surgery, until your first post-op appointment. We will supply this bra for you and you will be sent home from the surgery center wearing it along with a support strap. A proper, comfortable post-op bra can minimize swelling, enhance the healing process, and help keep the implants in place.
The Supportive Sports Bra: Transitioning to a supportive sports bra is usually a welcome change for patients. Again, there are different brands and styles of sports bras, and what works best for you may be different than a bra preferred by another patient. I encourage patients to wear a bra that provides support and comfort. Avoid wearing any underwire or push-up bras for at least 2 months after the surgery. Underwire bras can create complications during the recovery phase.
The “Splurge” Bra: By all means, have some fun with bra shopping once you’ve fully healed from breast augmentation surgery. The sexier and more colorful, the better. A word of caution: Don’t spend a lot of money on bras without having the size of your breasts measured by a professional. And wait until most of the swelling has resolved before measuring your breasts, too.