So what cup size do you think I will be?

The topic of cup size is discussed in many of my week to week consultations. Ranging from breast reduction patients, to cancer reconstruction patients, and cosmetic augmentation patients.

Such a common question, but such a complex answer.

Depending on the bra size worn, many will already have a preconceived idea of what existing cup size they are pre-operatively. Achieving a desired cup size is a very tricky ordeal – that’s because:

The volume of each cup size (A/B/C/D etc) will actually vary depending on the band size (10/12/14/16 etc)
Different lingerie manufacturers and companies will have slightly different volumes for the same cup/band sizes
Different structural supports on a bra will result in a more or less supportive bra, which may cause a better or ill fitting result

Now – when we put all the above factors together, it would not be wise for me to assume that the “C cup” you desire, would necessarily match with the “C cup” volume in my mind.

3 sizes for each person

It is likely that you will actually fit into 3 different bras. Let’s go shopping for a moment…

Bra 1: The size you are currently wearing (eg. 12C)
Bra 2: Go up a band size, and down a cup size (eg. 14B)
Bra 3: Go down a band size, an up a cup size (eg. 10D)

Granted, you may find that out of the three choices, one will be more comfortable due to the level of coverage, support, and band tightness. However, in most cases, all three options will fit you because despite the different “labelled” cup sizes, the actual cup “volumes” are very similar.

So if it’s such a complex thing – how do we ensure a good result that will look good?

It is important that your breasts are of the appropriate size which matches your body proportions. If you have broad shoulders and generous hips, making your breasts too small will not be a particularly aesthetically pleasing look. Similarly, very large breasts on a very small skinny person will be disproportionately top heavy – not to mention cause excess strain on the shoulders and could potentiate back, neck pain, headaches and postural problems. It is always important to ensure that the end result looks proportionally good on you, and this can vary drastically between different individuals.

Your expectations are very important, and they need to be addressed during your consultation to ensure firm understanding of what is hoped to be achieved.

Marion Chan

I'm a plastic surgeon that specialises in reconstructive procedures, treating patients throughout Melbourne, Australia. If you'd like to discuss your condition and desired outcome you can contact me for a consultation.

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