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Surgeons Recommendations for Bras after Breast Reconstruction

September 10, 2014

By Allison Goodlin
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For many women their breasts are an important part of their identity as a woman. When cancer, congenital deformities, or other problems interfere with the breast tissue it can be an experience that challenges confidence and causes intense frustration. Luckily, breast reconstruction is an option for many women, restoring confidence and helping women to love the way they look once again.

After breast reconstruction that go-to favorite bra you loved before probably won’t fit the same way you remember. Reconstructed breasts may look and feel natural, but the implants and surgical techniques used do change the way that bras fit, making bra shopping a whole new experience. Dr. Steven Robinson, a breast surgeon at Ohio Plastic Surgeons, Inc. has put together some tips to make bra shopping a lot easier post-reconstruction. Save yourself the hassle of buying bras that don’t fit or that don’t flatter your figure and use these tips to ensure that your new breasts are everything you’ve always dreamed of.

Keep Those Reconstructed Beauties Looking Their Best with a Good Post-Surgical Bra

Your body needs time to heal after breast reconstruction surgery. Don’t rush into wearing fancy lingerie. A post-surgical bra will provide gentle support to your healing breasts, helping your implants to properly settle while avoiding irritation to your fresh, sensitive scars. While every woman (and surgeon) will have different ideas about the best post-surgical bra, here are some tips for finding one that works for you.

  • Avoid Wires- Underwire bras aren’t an ideal choice post-surgery. The wires can poke at and irritate delicate scar tissue. Instead choose a non-wired bra that offers full coverage for maximum comfort while you heal. Likewise seams can also irritate scars, so choose a bra with few seams if possible.
  • Front Closure is Easier to Wear Post-Reconstruction- Depending on your reasons for breast reconstruction, you may have limited mobility following your surgery. Women that have lymph nodes removed often have restrictions on movement and a back closure can be very difficult to fasten. Front closure bras are ideal after surgery, especially during the first few weeks until your range of motion returns.
  • Choose a Comfortable Bra- Surgeons often recommend that women recovering from breast reconstruction wear a bra day and night for a period of time after surgery. Any woman that has tried sleeping in a bra knows that this has the potential to be very uncomfortable if you don’t have the right bra. Comfort is key during the recovery period.

Bra Shopping after Breast Reconstruction

After the healing period is complete you’ll be able to transition from a post-surgical bra to more traditional lingerie. These tips will help you in your search for the perfect bra.

  • Types of Reconstruction Matters- There are several different types of breast reconstruction available from implants to flap reconstruction and more. While many techniques can lead to stunning results, each different type will impact how your new breasts fit into a bra. Women with implants often find that a larger bra size is needed to accommodate the different shape of breasts with implants while women receiving flap reconstruction find that their new breasts look and feel very similar to a natural breast.
  • Get Fitted- Industry experts estimate that a majority of women are wearing bras that don’t fit. Take the time to get professionally fitted after breast reconstruction and find a bra that works with your new breasts. A good surgeon can create beautiful breasts, but it is up to the woman to ensure that these breasts are properly cared for post-surgery and that means a good, well-fitting bra.
  • Do Your Research- There are so many fantastic bras out there, but many of the top brands aren’t carried on the racks at your local discount or department store. Learn as much as you can about the different brands available to find a high quality bra that really accentuates your reconstructed breasts. The resources available on LingerieBriefs.com are an excellent resource for learning about the many different brands of bras available.

Your breasts may be different after breast reconstruction surgery, but with the help of a skilled surgeon and a good bra you can get the look you have always dreamed of.

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Dos and Don’ts of Bra Shopping after Breast Augmentation

August 14, 2014

by Allison Goodlinafter-augmentation
One of the things women most look forward to after breast augmentation surgery is getting brand new, stylish bras to show off their enhanced figure. Many dream of a trip to their favorite lingerie store to pick up the latest fashionable looks. Bra shopping after breast augmentation is an exciting time; here are some tips from Dr. Nina S. Naidu, a New York plastic surgeon, to help make your bra shopping a success.

Bra Shopping after Breast Augmentation Dos

Wear the Right Bra at the Right Time ~ While fancy lace undergarments might start calling your name soon after your bandages are removed; wait until you have your doctor’s approval before you start wearing a regular bra. A support bra may be needed for several days after surgery. Additionally you may need to avoid underwire bras for a period of time. Listen to your doctor and give your breasts time to heal properly. Dr. Naidu suggests that often women can start wearing a soft, non-underwire bra the day after surgery if desired.

bra-measuringGet FittedFor the best bra fit, get professionally sized and fitted. You may have discussed a desired bra size with your surgeon, but that doesn’t mean this is the exact size you’ll actually end up with after surgery. Getting measured will help you have the right size bra to show off the results of your surgery. You may need to be professionally fitted a couple of times in the months following surgery as your implants settle.

Try on Different Styles ~ Breast implants change the way your breasts look and feel. The bra styles that you loved before surgery might not flatter your new breasts. Try on different styles and see what works best for your new look.

Bra Shopping after Breast Augmentation Don’ts

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Don’t Buy All Your Bras at Once ~ It can be tempting go out and pick up a whole new lingerie wardrobe at once after breast augmentation, but it is wise to wait. Your breast size and shape will continue to change for up to 6 months after surgery. Buy a new bra or two and then wait and see how your size changes. Don’t waste hundreds of dollars on bras that you won’t be able to wear in a few months’ time.

Don’t Rush ShoppingBra shopping isn’t something you can squeeze into a spare 10 minutes. Plan your first post-augmentation shopping trip for a time when you can really focus. You’ll want to try on a variety of different bra types and styles. Don’t just analyze how you look with your clothes off; you’ll also want bras that flatter under clothing. You’ll probably need a variety of styles and types for the best fit under tanks, t-shirts, strapless pieces, and sweaters.

Don’t Be Surprised if Your Size isn’t What You Expect ~ Before breast Dr. Naidu works closely with each patient to determine desired breast size and shape. Many patients will tell her a specific size they’d like to be (38C for example). This information is then used to select implants, but does not necessarily reflect the final size of a patient after surgery. Dr. Naidu reminds women that, “Bra cup sizes are not standardized. I can’t guarantee a specific bra size when performing surgery. Work with your surgeon to determine the size and shape of breasts you want, but don’t worry so much about the numbers. The overall look you achieve after surgery is what actually matters.”

Bra shopping after breast augmentation is an exciting time. Be patient, try new things, and embrace your new body!

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Five Signs It’s Time to Throw Away Old Bras

July 28, 2014

By Elisabeth Dale

CIMG0004-210x210I hate having to throw away old bras. I’m not even sure why it’s so hard. I know they don’t last forever.

Yet many feel like good friends, and it’s tough to let go of these formerly supportive relationships. Sometimes I remember where I bought a particular bra, in what city or store, who I was with, and if I wore it on a special occasion. I’ve got some great personal memories stashed in some of my old bras.

But there’s no way to make room for new lingerie friendships without clearing out some of the tired and messy bra clutter in my life.

If you are reluctant to throw away old bras, these five signs may make the job a little Read more

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Meeting Changing Breast Cancer Patient Needs ~ Amoena

May 21, 2014

By Elisabeth Dale

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Despite all the breast cancer “awareness,” there’s little discussion about how modern breast cancer treatments impact a woman’s day-to-day life, especially when it comes to post-surgical intimate apparel. Too often there’s an assumption that the end result of a breast cancer diagnosis a new set of perkier boobs. But that over-simplification is at odds with the reality of today’s breast cancer treatment options.

Some patients have immediate breast reconstruction after mastectomy. Others must wait and go through multiple surgeries over the course of months, or even years. Not everyone who has breast removal surgery is eligible (for any number of medical reasons) for breast reconstruction. A woman might have one reconstructed breast, and then must have her healthy breast cosmetically altered … Read more

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Will Affordable Care Act Change Nursing Bra Design?

December 16, 2013

By Elisabeth Dale

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It’s hard to imagine that a medical insurance plan could change the way nursing bras are designed. But the Affordable Care Act, in an effort to increase overall breastfeeding rates, may lead the way. Why? Because new mothers will have greater access to expensive ($250 and up) but more efficient electric breast pumps. And nursing bras that make it simple to latch on to baby or a breast pump could be the next best bra solution.

Breast pumping bras have been around for a few years. Brands like Simple Wishes and Pump Ease have created a convenient way for lactating mothers to keep breast pumps attached to their chest, leaving their hands “free” to do something else. They are not “bras” in … Read more

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Missing the Mark: October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns

November 4, 2013

By Elisabeth Dale

breast-cancer-flyer2How do you make decisions regarding your breast health? Do you schedule an appointment to talk to your doctor or keep up with the latest medical research? Would a social media breast cancer awareness campaign guide your actions? This October exposed some new and unusual methods of getting women to focus on their breasts, turning to social media to get their message out. They introduced catchy hashtags, produced humorous and funny videos, and tapped into the viral nature of photo sharing websites.

First up is a “Tweeting Bra,” created by an advertising agency. This unique piece of lingerie, worn by a popular female celebrity, tweets out a breast self-exam reminder each time it’s unhooked. Another Instagram-inspired promotion introduced #Mamming, an exercise … Read more

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What Defines Real Breasts? Curvy Kate’s Star In a Bra Challenged

October 1, 2013

By Elisabeth Dale

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Curvy Kate, the brand that brings sassy style and fit to the D-K crowd is under fire for their “Star in a Bra” contest. Some wearers of this popular and well-liked bra brand aren’t happy that contest rules specifically exclude women with breast “enhancements.” And, according to the blogosphere, this rule applies to any woman who has had breast surgery, be it reduction, reconstruction, or lift.  Curvy Kate has responded to criticism by asking for input and may consider revising the rule.

But should they? Some believe Curvy Kate is right to make this breast distinction. After all, the brand was created to celebrate the regular, full-busted female body. It’s falsely assumed that many naturally larger breasted women are that size … Read more

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ELISABETH DALE is an internationally renowned breast expert and author, and the founder of www.TheBreastLife.com. She has appeared on Good Morning America, The Tyra Banks Show, BBC World News, NPR, and has been featured in The New York Times, Cosmo, Glamour, Men’s Health, and the Sunday London Times.
 
In her book, bOObs: A Guide to Your Girls, and on her website, Elisabeth entertains, educates and encourages AAA through KK cups to learn more about their bodies and support the changes their breasts go through from puberty to motherhood and menopause.
 

 
At TheBreastLife.com, women can bare and share their intimate feelings and stories about their bodies (mammoirs), and experience a safe haven to explore new and innovative products, services, clothing, and surgical options. You can visit www.TheBreastLife.com to find the best breast gear and garments that have earned The Breast Life Seal of Approval from a trusted community of product testers, and share your finds and feelings with an active community of other smart, stylish and interested women.
 

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ALLISON GOODLIN

Allison is a professional writer, who enjoys writing about health, beauty tips, and s kin care. She has written for several beauty blogs and fashion publications, but has recently found an interest in the plastic surgery industry. After overcoming breast cancer, Allison has focused her research on breast surgeries, with emphasis on patient lifestyle after breast augmentation, breast lifts and especially breast reconstruction for cancer patients. She is dedicated to informing seasoned and future patients on the how-to’s after breast surgery.
 
She truly feels that each patient should experience the excitement of purchasing lingerie once your new look has finally healed and with the experienced surgical advice, patients will be equipt with the information to enjoy their buying experience.