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If The Bra Fits...

July 2004

A key piece of most women's wardrobe is the bra. Bra shopping after surgery is both very rewarding and frustrating. The rewarding aspect of post op bra shopping is seeing the bra full instead of empty. (At last the cup is half full instead of half empty!)

The frustrating part of post surgery bra shopping is finding the right bras. Dr. Corbin likes his breast augmentation patients to wear a surgical bra, sports bra or any bra without under wire for three to six months following surgery. He wants the patient's breasts to fall or drop naturally and wearing under wire bras may cause scarring that prevents this.

Breast reduction or breast lift patients can wear any bra they are comfortable with two weeks to a month post operative.

Once a patient has found comfortable post operative bras they can focus on building their bra wardrobe.

One of the first things a patient can do is to go to a department store or lingerie store to be professionally fitted for a bra. This can be both educational and fun. Keep in mind bra manufactures do not have the same exact specifications for cup sizes. A woman may fit a C cup with Maiden form and a D cup with Victoria's Secret. There are many bra manufactures and bra sizes and they are not always consistent. Whatever the cup size it, is important to get bras that offer good support, are comfortable and fit properly.

Every essential bra collection should include basic comfortable white, black and nude color cotton or nylon, or spandex bras. For special occasions and sexy strapless looks the Victoria Secrets convertible bra is a versatile bra that converts to 5 different styles. Strapless, Halter, Crisscross, Basic two strap, or one strap. Other options for strapless looks are bras with clear straps. These bras can be worn with many different styles.

For women who are A to C cups the adhesive cups may be worn instead of a full bra. These do not give much support, but are good for outfits that are too low-cut at the front or back not allowing for a full bra.

There are demi cups which provide less coverage and expose more of the breast. A full cup covers the breast more and may provide better support for full figured ladies. There are also full figured bras that have thicker straps and fabrics that are both comfortable and stretch to accommodate larger breasts while supporting them as well. There are seamless bras that look nice under T-Shirts and tight fitting fabrics where seams or lace would detract from the look.

Victoria's Secret has a new bra they call their Racer back Bra. It provided great support and crisscrosses in the back. For active women or for the Gym No Wire and sports bras are needed to secure the breasts in place during physical activities.

For sexy intimate moments a flattering lace bra and panties or lingerie set completes the essential bra wardrobe.

Properly caring for undergarments can keep them looking newer and maintain a better fit. Invest in a lingerie bag and if you are laundering lingerie in the washing machine. Use a gentle laundry soap and tepid or cold water. Hang to dry. Never put delicate undergarments in the dryer.

One of the biggest rewards patients have after breast surgery is treating themselves to a shopping spree. Creating a new wardrobe or adding to the existing one is a fun part of the surgery experience.

Call Dee to arrange your consultation; Beverly Hills (310) 284-8384 or Brea (714) 671-3033.

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