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Treat the new you to new lingerie for Valentine's Day

Have you had cosmetic surgery and you’re so pleased with the results that you want to treat yourself to some lovely new lingerie? Many of our patients talk about that incredible feeling of walking into a store after having breast surgery and having their pick of bras as opposed to having to shop in certain sections due to their breasts being too large or small. Or the feeling of throwing those Spanx in the bin post Liposuction or Tummy Tuck surgery.

How long will it be post surgery that I can buy new lingerie?

It will depend on exactly what surgery you have had as to how long it will take for your body to heal. Other factors include that we all heal differently and some people may take longer than others. After your surgery you will be required to wear support garments to aid in the healing process. With breast surgery we would advise you wait until all swelling has subsided before you purchase any new lingerie. Tummy Tuck surgery and Liposuction will also have swelling post surgery so hold off on buying that new dress or swimwear until the area has fully settled.

During your consultation with our surgeon he will be able to answer all your questions and will be able to assess your individual needs. Once you’ve had your surgery he will be able to advise you at your post operative consultation of when you will be able to stop wearing your support garments and go ahead and purchase that new lingerie you’ve been pining after.

Now I’ve fully healed from my breast surgery what size am I?

Selecting bra from store selection

For decades women have been wearing the wrong size bra and have no idea of their true measurements. As our weight fluctuates so can our bra size, meaning that we could be wearing the wrong size bra and have no idea. We would recommend getting your bra size checked regular and particularly after you’ve had breast surgery by a professional. Lingerie stores like Marks & Spencer offer free professional bra sizing and you might be surprised by the results of their measurements.

How to measure your bra size at home

Woman measuring breasts at home

To measure your bra size at home, all you need to be wearing is a
non-padded bra and have a tape measure in inches to hand.

  1. First, you need to measure around the bottom of the band of the
    bra directly under the bust – making sure the tape is very snug. Take the measurement in inches and round it up to the nearest
    If the size is an even number, add four, and if it is odd, add five. This will then give you your back size.
  2. Then, take the tape measure across your bust and again measure in
    inches, rounding to the nearest inch. The difference in the inches between the two then gives the cup size.
    For example, a one-inch difference would make you an A, two a B, three a C, four a DD, five a DD, six an E and so on.
    So, if your back size is 34 inches and your back size is 37 inches, that would make you a 34C.

And please don’t forget to check your breasts regularly for lumps!

Problem solving lingerie if you’re not ready for cosmetic surgery

Woman padding bra with chicken fillets

How can I make my small breasts appear larger?

Once upon a time when having a desire to increase our breast size we had to resort to stuffing our bras with socks or tissues, but with the release of the heavily padded Wonder Bra in the 90’s women have never looked back when it comes to increasing their bust size. Since its release we have also seen the introduction of the ‘chicken fillets’ which are gel filled bra liners that got their name because of the way look. They can be inserted inside your bra to increase the appearance of breast volume with a more natural feel than padded bras. They even have versions that stick directly onto your skin if you don’t want to wear a bra at all.

What if I want to address my tummy, waist and buttocks area?

Young woman weight loss breasts tummy thigh

Never have women been so grateful than for the invention of control underwear. In the scene made famous by the movie Bridget Jones’s Diary where she gets caught out wearing her ‘control knickers’ women rejoiced everywhere that they could now be more honest about their choice of lingerie. Although they’re helpful to control lumps and bumps and can even reshape our bodies to fit into that slinky dress, they come at a price in that we can not wait for the feeling of relief when we take them off at the end of the day and eating whilst wearing then can feel like you’re being strangled by a python. Post Tummy Tuck and Liposuction surgery you will be
required to wear support garments similar to control lingerie, but once healed you will be able to say goodbye to them for good!

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Last Updated: February 6, 2018

Published On: February 6, 2018

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