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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


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!



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 less difficult or painful:

1)   You find the bloom has faded. Size and style information are either printed on the inside of the band or on tags sewn into the band. If the lettering is gone or illegible, it’s time to throw it out. Take a look at straps, backs, and wires. Are they wearing through or is fabric faded and fraying? This bra can’t be making you look very good if it doesn’t look good either.

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2) You can’t remember the last time you wore the bra. It’s been stuffed into the way, way, back of your drawer or closet and you completely forgot about it. If it’s a strapless or other specialty bra, you might think you’ll wear it again. But chances are that if you haven’t put it on in over a year, it doesn’t fit anymore. And there’s no dishonor in trying it on just one more time to double-check, before tossing it out.

3)  You’re not the same person you used to be. You bought the bra when you were 10 pounds heavier (or lighter), or before you started working out with weights, or while you were pregnant or nursing. You’ve changed. The bra doesn’t fit, pinches or is uncomfortable, and is too small/big. It’s time to give up the dream that it will miraculously fit or be worn again.

4)  You never really liked this bra on your body in the first place. It’s gorgeous, was expensive, and you love, love, love how it looks–except when strapped to your chest. Maybe it’s not that old, but there’s something about the color, style, or fabric that doesn’t work for you. Time to cut your losses and make room for something that’s meets your needs.

5)  You’re not feeling the support and comfort you once did in this bra.Every time you put it on, the bra lets you down. Literally. Boob flesh is spilling out over the top or from underneath, the band is way too loose or rides up in back, underwires dig into flesh, and the center of the bra is pulling away instead of laying flat against the center of your chest. You deserve better, and more, from a bra.

What to do if some are gently or hardly worn, and you don’t want to throw away your bras?  You can recycle or send them to non-profits that make sure they find a new and useful home. At least in this way, your old bra friends can support others.

What about you? How often do you throw away old bras? Is it easy or hard for you to do? Please share any recycling or donation resources you might recommend.

This article was originally published on The Breast Life.



Meeting Changing Breast Cancer Patient Needs ~ Amoena

May 21, 2014

By Elisabeth Dale


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



Will Affordable Care Act Change Nursing Bra Design?

December 16, 2013

By Elisabeth Dale


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



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



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

October 1, 2013

By Elisabeth Dale


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



Bra Sizes and Bigger Breasts: Where’s the Science?

August 12, 2013

By Elisabeth Dale

Recent survey results from bra retailer, Intimacy, revealed that American women are wearing bigger bras than they did 20 years ago. The average size reportedly jumped from 34B to 34DD. Media outlets covered this news with headlines such as “breasts getting bigger,” or “America’s cups runneth over.” It was shocking to think that women’s busts had tripled in size. But is it true? Or could women, thanks to a booming lingerie industry, have finally opened their eyes to their correct bra size? What are the facts?


This isn’t the first time that larger bra sizes have been in the news. Some think it’s linked to the soaring rates of obesity. Plus size bra offerings have expanded over the years. But while … Read more


Elisabeth Dale

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ELISABETH DALE is an internationally renowned breast expert and author, and the founder of 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, 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 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.





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.