By Sacha Obaid
Shopping for bathing suits to show off your newly enhanced beach bod is a great perk that comes with breast implants. To make the most of your shopping trips, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
Your new approach to swimsuit shopping should include both your process of recovery and your bustier profile after surgery. Follow our list below to get a flattering poolside look after your procedure’s results.
Give it a few weeks.
First of all, don’t go rushing off to the store until your body has had sufficient time to recuperate. Your breasts will likely be swollen for as much as a month after your surgery. Your plastic surgeon will give you specific instructions, but in general you may need to wear a medical support bra for at least the first week or two, and maybe longer. Delay any swimsuit shopping until this recovery period is over.
Get a proper fitting.
Getting a proper fitting size from a professional is extremely important for all women, but women who have recently had their breasts augmented require this service as a standard. Chances are that your newly enhanced bust is significantly larger than it was before your surgery, and it will be helpful to have an accurate assessment of your proper cup size. Many department stores offer free bra-fitting services that should be adequate. Go to your favorite store’s website for details.
Try a new style.
If you started out with relatively small breasts, there are some stylistic concerns that you might not have thought of. You will probably need more support than you had before, so look for suits that have wider and thicker straps. Good styles to try out include banded halters and tankinis. Both of these styles offer more support while still offering plenty of options to show off your cleavage. Keep in mind that you will probably need to avoid certain styles, such as bandeau tops, triangle tops, and string bikini tops.
Look for support.
If you expect to be active while in swimwear, you really need to focus on the issue of support. Beyond the styles mentioned above, it is important to think about the types of closures that your swimsuit has. Clasps that fasten securely will be much more reliable than ties if you are moving around a lot. Also, swimsuits with integrated linings can help keep augmented breasts from bouncing or shifting uncomfortably during physical activity.
Look for the option to buy separates if possible. Women with larger breasts frequently find that the bottoms they want are paired with tops that are way too small, so it will be easier if you start off with this in mind.
Also, give yourself some extra time to try on a range of sizes, since each swimwear line fits differently. Test out the suits you like by moving around a little bit to make sure the fit is consistent in a range of positions and you won’t encounter an unexpected wardrobe malfunction. Keep these tips in mind and your post-op shopping trips will be much more successful.