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why can t you wear underwire bras after breast augmentation

A breast augmentation is a big decision – one that requires a lot of planning beforehand. If you’re considering a breast augmentation, we encourage you to do as much research as possible before getting the procedure done. Know the risks, get clear on your reasons for wanting it, and above all, make sure that you’re doing it because it’s something that you really want – and it’s not to appease someone else.

When it comes to lingerie, buying bras after a breast augmentation is a different experience than buying bras pre-augmentation. Unfortunately, it’s typically not something that you find out about until you’re in the fitting room trying on a bunch of bras wondering why none of them fit quite right.

Here are three more things to consider when buying bras after a breast augmentation:

It’s important to wait until you receive your doctor’s approval before getting a bra fitting.

As exciting as buying new lingerie seems, don’t try to rush the healing process. Post-surgery, your breasts will be swollen and sore. As they heal, the swelling will go down and they’ll start to settle. No matter what your new size is, your breasts will need plenty of time to heal after surgery. During this time, you’ll be wearing a surgical bra that your doctor recommends.

You might be antsy to see how your new shape looks without a plain surgical bra, but it’s better to be patient. Wait until you get your doctor’s approval before getting a bra fitting and avoid bras with underwire. Your surgical bra is wireless for a good reason (bras with underwire can do more damage than good after surgery), so stick with it until you get the go-ahead from your doctor.


Related: Ask A Bra Fitter: What Are Bra Fittings Like?


You might have to try on a bunch of bras to find the right styles for you.

As a bra fitter, I’ve helped a lot of people with augmented breasts find bras that fit. Many of them came to me because they couldn’t find the right bra size on their own. All too often, they would tell me that they told their doctor they asked for a certain cup size, but that cup size wasn’t fitting quite right. It’s entirely possible that you’ll end up wearing a different bra size than you expected.

Augmented breasts require special considerations when it comes to fit. They don’t have the same relaxed ease that non-augmented breasts do, so bras tend to fit augmented breasts different than non-augmented breasts. You’re likely going to have a difficult time finding a bra with a center panel (the part of the bra between the cups) that lays flat against your chest – even when the bra has a snug band.

With taller center panels, you may notice the center panel pulling away from your chest (which is normal when your breasts are so firm and full). For the best fit, look for bras with low center panels. Plunge bras are typically a great option for augmented breasts. Avoid full-coverage styles with tall center panels and push-up bras, too.

You don’t have to bra shop alone – a bra fitter can help.

Real talk: Bra shopping can a stressful experience for anyone. If you’re struggling with finding bras that fit (and you’ve received the green light from your doctor to switch bras), head to your local lingerie boutique and get a bra fitting pronto.

The bra fitters at your local lingerie store are trained to help people of all shapes and sizes find bras that feel amazing. No need to worry about the fit on your own – a bra fitter will handpick your bras and make sure they fit you well. They’ll do all the work for you – including showing you what a well-fitting bra looks like and answering all your lingerie-related questions. Some lingerie stores also accept bra donations too – making it a great time to donate new or like new bras that don’t fit anymore. Perfect!


Related: How To Find A Local Lingerie Store You Will Love


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If you’re shopping for new sports bras, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

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Katie Donnelly

Katie Donnelly is a full-time freelance writer, content manager, and founder of Katie Rose Creative. An experienced bra fitter, Katie has helped hundreds of people shop for lingerie. Her favorite bra is the Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra.

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