Women who are big that want to be small, small women who want to be big, everyone wants to be a C. But what exactly does this mean?
Bra sizes vary by manufacturer. Cup sizes can vary depending if you wear a smaller or larger band. Implant volume is measured in cc’s or cubic centimeters. Breast reduction surgery is approved by number of grams removed. So how do we choose a size in breast surgery?
There are no molds or sizers that correspond to bra sizes to use in the operating room. Even with a bra fitting, the bra that fits you best may not be what the measurements say (see www.herrroom.com for a detailed explanation on bra measurements).
So I ask women, what are you looking to achieve? Are you going to be happy with a bra that says a certain letter regardless of how you look, or are you going to be happy with a size that suits you regardless of what your bra band says?
My approach to breast size is to look at a woman as a whole. I look at her proportion: shoulders, hips, and bottom. Is she curvy? Is she slender? Once I see her physique, I think about her as a person and about how she describes the look she wants. Is she a triathlete who wants to remain athletic and unencumbered by large breasts? Has she always wanted a voluptuous appearance with a generous chest? Or is she looking to fill out what was lost after pregnancy and nursing? Each woman has their own story. They each have a look that they imagine. I listen carefully and work very hard to get that look just right. I also help to guide them along their journey of transformation.
When I discuss size with patients undergoing breast reduction, we discuss leaving them with some shape and volume. We discuss proportion. We do not talk about fitting into a specific size of a bra, only to say that I can’t guarantee a bra size.
When I discuss size with patients undergoing breast augmentation, the most important size to me is the width of their breast. Once I know that, I can recommend a range of implant volumes which can be tried on in a bra as an estimation of a size. I ask patients not to get married to a specific number of CCs or be concerned about what their friend or the person in a website may have used. Each body is different. A 325 cc implant will look different on different people. Once we have that range, it makes it easier to determine an appropriate size for each patient. I also use a sizing implant in the operating room for patients undergoing breast augmentation before deciding on a final volume.