How to Shop for Flattering New Clothes After Breast Augmentation
Celebrating a new silhouette requires a different approach to fashion, says Denver plastic surgeon Dr. Gregory Buford
DENVER, May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the most enjoyable aspects of breast augmentation is shopping for new clothes after the procedure. However, Dr. Gregory Buford says that while women may finally have the silhouette they have long wanted, the styles they wore in the past may not be the most flattering to their new body type. By following a few tried-and-true fashion rules, a woman shopping for a new wardrobe after breast enhancement can identify the best garments to complement her silhouette.
"For many women, a new bustline is the realization of a long-time dream," says Dr. Buford. "But having a curvier, more feminine body also means that the patient has to adopt a new body image and shop accordingly."
Shopping cannot be done immediately after the surgery, as patients typically experience post-operative swelling for four to six weeks, and the breasts must "drop" into their final position during the first few months after augmentation. During this time, it is recommended that patients not purchase many new clothes, but rather have a few "transitional" bras and garments on hand. Once the swelling is gone, a woman can start the process of updating her wardrobe to match her new figure. Here are some tips to help with the process:
If an overly supportive bra is worn too soon after surgery, it can interfere with the proper settling of the implants. Shopping for new supportive bras should begin only after receiving approval from the patient's plastic surgeon, and it is best to have a professional fitting to determine the proper size. Some doctors recommend buying only a few bras at a time during the first several months after breast augmentation, as swelling may still be present and the final size has not yet been realized. There are several lines of brassieres that are designed specifically for women with augmented breasts.
Shopping for a new bathing suit may be more challenging than expected, because women with larger breasts must consider both coverage and support. In general, a halter-top style can be very flattering, as it provides both support and coverage while flattering the cleavage. Manufacturers that provide separate sizes for tops and bottoms are a good source of bathing suits for women with augmented breasts.
Tops and Dresses
Styles without a defined waist tend to make the augmented woman's figure look larger as they hang straight from the bust, so tops and dresses that are more fitted are often a more flattering choice. A jacket with a single button below the chest also looks professional and flattering, and cardigans with a low front closure are equally appealing.
The neckline is also a major consideration when buying new clothes after breast augmentation. While a V-neck is slimming and can highlight the new decolletage, it can be too revealing for some workplaces. As an alternative, a cowl neck is flattering and can be an attractive choice for the professional wardrobe.
For casual or evening wear, most full-chested women find that a strapless top makes the breasts appear constricted and should be avoided. On the other hand, a square neckline can create a pleasing silhouette; flattering styles for augmented breasts generally include some waist shaping to accentuate the figure. To draw tasteful attention to a full bustline, a dress or top that bares one shoulder is often an excellent choice.
A woman who has undergone a breast augmentation should enjoy the process of rebuilding her wardrobe to match her new silhouette, taking these style tips under consideration.
About BEAUTY by BUFORD: One of Denver's top plastic surgeons, Gregory Buford, MD, FACS, is the founder and medical director of BEAUTY by BUFORD. The Official Plastic Surgeon to the Miss Colorado Pageant, he was named one of "America's Top Surgeons" and is a nationally recognized trainer and consultant for many non-surgical products and techniques. He can be reached at 303-747-6719 or on his website.
Media Contact: Dr. Gregory Buford, BEAUTY by BUFORD, 303-747-6719, http://www.beautybybuford.com
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