06 Dec Dress To Impress: 4 Tips For A Fantastic Wardrobe After Breast Augmentation
Embracing A New Figure
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that uses implants or fat transfer to enhance the size and shape of the breasts. Many women are excited to purchase a new wardrobe that best compliments the new breasts as soon as possible after surgery. Patients who follow these 4 post-op tips will have a fantastic wardrobe ready for any occasion in no time.
1. Recovery matters
If patients could get off the operating table, slip on a new dress, and walk out the door, many more people would likely pursue plastic surgery. The reality, however, is that a period of recovery after surgery is necessary to ensure optimal healing. During recovery, patients will be instructed to wear a compression bra for at least 2-4 weeks. This extra support reduces swelling and bruising, allows for easy drainage, and protects any stitches. After removing the surgical compression garment, some doctors recommend switching to a sports bra for further support. Finding a comfortable bra that fits well is pivotal during this time.
2. Wait for drop and fluff
Right after surgery, the new breasts will likely appear higher on the chest. This result is primarily due to tight skin and muscle tissue but will resolve over time. Drop and fluff refers to the implants settling into place after augmentation. For most patients, the entire process can take 3-6 months. Waiting until after drop and fluff is complete to purchase new clothes is the best way to guarantee that the new wardrobe will fit well long-term.
3. Measure up
Before buying new clothes, knowing proper measurements is essential. Although the patient should know the general new size of the breasts based on what was requested during surgery, getting a final measurement can still be helpful. Many stores offer this service for free while shopping or a simple soft measuring tape can do the job at home. Although the size of other body parts won’t have changed post-op, different sizes may be more fitting with the new breasts. For example, if a medium shirt fits well before, a large may be better. Try a few options before purchasing new garments to ensure the best fit.
4. Mix and match
For women shopping for swimsuits post-op, a mix-and-match approach can be helpful. With new larger breasts, a larger size may be needed for the top of a 2 piece, while a smaller size can still work for the bottoms. Ask the store if the pieces are sold separately for the best fit.
Shopping after surgery
Purchasing a new wardrobe after breast augmentation surgery can be the most exciting part of the procedure. Following all recovery guidelines and waiting for drop and fluff will allow for optimal healing and a realistic idea of the new body shape. Women can enhance the new figure by getting properly measured, trying on different sizes, and mixing and matching 2-piece garments when appropriate. With realistic expectations, shopping after surgery should be an enjoyable experience patients look forward to.