Shopping for a swimsuit after weight loss surgery

Weight loss surgery marks the start of your journey to a new you.

What comes next is your commitment to serious lifestyle changes in order to achieve lasting weight loss results. Bariatric surgery is a long-term process rather than a short-term fix with promises of a summer body. We understand that you may not have reached your ideal weight by summer – and that’s okay!

After you have had your surgery, whether that be a gastric band, bypass or sleeve, it is important to stay motivated – and be realistic about the results you hope to achieve. Have achievable weight loss goals in mind and stick to your dietitian’s advice (and be honest when you don’t!).

Those tricky summer months

When it comes to the summer months, it can be a difficult time no matter what stage in the journey you may be at, especially when it comes to shopping for a swimsuit. Perhaps you haven’t yet achieved your final weight loss target and aren’t sure where to start when it comes to choosing swimwear styles that will flatter your body.

Here are our top styling tips, whatever it may be that you are looking for in your post weight loss surgery swimsuit:

The best swimsuits for larger breasts…

Think supportive styles that will lift and flatter your bust! For the best fit when you have a full bust we’d always recommend shopping for cup sizes in swimwear rather than your usual UK dress size. Our go to style for larger breasts is a halterneck swimsuit which you can loosen and tighten at the top according to how much support you need. Underwired styles can also offer that extra support – but just be careful of these styles if you have had a breast uplift as you will need to wear softer styles whilst you heal.

The best swimsuits for broader shoulders…

If you’d like to steer attention away from broader shoulders then you may want to avoid strapless and bandeau swimsuits styles. The halterneck swimsuit is also a fantastic option for ladies with broader shoulders as the straps can break up your neckline and make the shoulders appear less wide and more feminine. A halterneck swim dress with a floaty A-line skirt is another really flattering style that can distract from broad shoulders.

The best swimsuits for concealing loose skin…

If you’re not a fan of wearing swimsuits but aren’t quite ready for a bikini, another option is a tankini – a two-piece set which consists of a tank top paired with bikini bottoms. Tankinis offer great body shaping support especially when choosing slightly looser-fitting styles which aren’t too tight against the skin. Opting for layered ruffled styles conceals looser skin around the back and stomach – and can also divide your mid-section making the stomach appear smaller and the legs appear longer.

Your bariatric journey may have many ups and downs

The thought of baring all in a swimsuit may be a daunting one. Our best tip for choosing a swimsuit after weight loss surgery? Pick the style that you’ll be most comfortable in and will make you feel great!

But remember, you look fantastic! Embrace your body and celebrate just how far you have come! If you’ve lost a significant amount of weight, it’s something to be proud of. You’ll be enjoying the improvements to your body, health and quality of life. But losing a large amount of weight can leave sagging breasts and loose skin that you may prefer to have corrected with cosmetic surgery.

Lost a large amount of weight… what’s next?

If weight loss has left you with sagging, shapeless breasts, breast uplift surgery could reshape your breasts to create a rejuvenated profile and bring back your curves and proportions. If extra volume is also needed, breast uplift surgery can be combined with implants for the best overall result. One of our cosmetic surgeons can advise on the best option for you.

At The Hospital Group, we’ve not only helped our patients lose weight over the years, we’ve also helped them refine their body shape with the help of our skilled surgeons.Cosmetic surgery with The Hospital Group could be the next stage of your journey to a new you.

Get in touch and take the next step today!