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How to Measure For a Bra After a Mastectomy

Statistics show that the majority of women wear the wrong size bra which can affect how natural and comfortable your breast form will look and feel.

Every woman should have her bra and breast form fitting checked at least once per year to allow for changes in weight or body shape that may occur as a result of post surgery treatment.

The average bra has a life span of about 3 months, so bras should be replaced regularly before the quality of the fabric or elasticity deteriorates.

Various bra styles can be selected to accommodate different surgeries, figure types, and individual choice. For instance:

  • A bra with a conventional strap is suitable when no tissue has been removed under the clavicle.
  • A camisole bra may cover surgical scars.
  • Some women, especially those with fuller figures, may benefit from the lift and separation of an underwire.

Depending on your surgery, bra size, and prosthesis type, you may feel more comfortable wearing a bra that includes some of the following design features:

  • Wide, padded shoulder straps
  • High Center Front fabric
  • Full Cup coverage
  • Good separation between cups
  • Generous underarm support
  • Elastic binding around neckline
  • Pockets in soft breathable cotton
  • Supportive underband
  • Two or more hook fasteners at back

Profile Fit: When fitting there are 3 distinct shapes to describe profile: Shallow, Average, Full

  • Shallow: The breast tissue drapes in the lower cup of the bra and is often seen on the mature woman with soft breast tissue. The shallow profile woman requires a bra with a large bottom cup and small upper cup.
  • Average: There is an equal amount of breast tissue on the top and bottom of the breast, with a more round appearance in the upper cup area. The average profile woman usually has firm breast tissue and a round profile.
  • Full: Has the most round appearance. The full profile woman requires a bra that provides not only bottom cup support but also support and coverage for the upper part of the breast. The full profile can also be broad without much projection, needing a bra that provides containment such as M-frame styles that separate and support beautifully.

If you have any trouble finding your correct bra size and would like to speak to one of our caring, experienced Certified Fitters at Metro Medical Online call 1.866.774.9513.

Your Band Size Measurement :

With a bra on, measure around your body directly under the bustline. If the measurement is an odd number, add 5 inches. If it is even, add 4 inches. This is your band size. You can refer to the last chart on this page to help you find your band size.

Your Cup Size Measurement:

With a bra on, measure the fullest part of your breast from your breastbone across your nipple to the center of your back on the side that did not have the unilateral mastectomy, and double that measurement. Subtract the previous Measurement 'A' from this size. If you had a bilateral mastectomy, simply refer to any of the breast form size charts using only your band measurement and choose which cup size you would like to be. Then, simply find the coordinating breast form size on the chart. The resulting difference equates to your cup size as follows:

Difference of:Cup Size:
1 inchA Cup
2 inchesB Cup
3 inchesC Cup
4 inchesD Cup
5 inchesDD Cup
6 inchesDDD or E Cup
7 inchesF Cup
8 inchesG Cup
9 inchesH Cup
10 inchesJ Cup

Determine Your Bra Size By How Your Current Bra Fits:
  • If your bra rides up in the back:
    You need a smaller band size
  • If your band digs in:
    You need one band size larger
  • If your cups overflow:
    You need one cup size larger
  • If your shoulders ache:
    Loosen your bra or opt for a bra with wider or cushioned straps (See Strap Accessories)
  • If your bustline sags:
    Shorten the straps, avoid stretchy fabrics, or choose a firmer support style with rigid straps
  • If your straps slip:
    Tighten your straps or opt for a bra with wider straps
  • If the underwire pinches or pokes you:
    The cup size is wrong and you need to try a size smaller or larger

Under Bust Circumference (in inches):Band Size:Bustline Circumference (in inches):Cup Size:
27-283233
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
B
C
D
DD
E
F
G
H
J
29-303435
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
B
C
D
DD
E
F
G
H
J
31-323637
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
B
C
D
DD
E
F
G
H
J
33-343839
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
B
C
D
DD
E
F
G
H
J
35-364041
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
B
C
D
DD
E
F
G
H
J
37-384243
44
45
46
B
C
D
DD

 
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