Starting out as young girls, women are wired to think of their breasts as a cup size. Movie stars are a “C” cup, runway models are a flattering “A” cup, and daring, sexy women might even be a double “D”. As we grow up, however, women quickly figure out that our cup size is different at every store and in each brand – only confusing us more about our body image.
Useless Cup Sizes
Cup sizes have defined women for years, and only recently have ladies started to shatter the personality traits that seem to go along with these meaningless labels. Not only do cup sizes mean very little when defining a woman’s personality, they also do nothing to describe breast volume.
Surprisingly, there is no official standard of measurement in bra sizing. While the 32 or 36 descriptors do refer to the circumference of the chest cavity, an “A” or “C” cup is purely subjective sizing. Cup sizes are made up by the individual bra manufactures as a selling tool, so while a woman may wear a “B” cup from their favorite lingerie store at the mall, they may fit into a “C” cup in a department store bra brand. Furthermore, one lady who dons a “B” cup may have smaller, droopier breasts than her friend, who also wears a “B” cup size. Confusing? Yes, it is!
Breast Size – The True Measurement
Every woman has a uniquely shaped chest, taking into account her overall breast volume, to the upper and lower pole fullness, and the amount of breast sag she is experiencing at the present. Over the years, with weight fluctuations, changes in skin elasticity, and the effects of gravity, her breasts will inevitably change. With all of these fluctuating factors, along with each underwear manufacturer’s simplified and biased sizing, a woman’s shape will not naturally correlate to a long-term bra cup size.
Breast size, as it pertains to implants, is measured in volume, or cc’s. This is a very specific measurement, for example there is a huge difference between a 350cc, 400cc, and 450cc implant – far greater than simply a “B” or “C” cup. With the varying amount of existing breast tissue and physical portions, different ladies receiving the same, 325cc implants may ultimately wear different bra sizes. However, no matter what happens, each woman’s real size remains 325cc.
Lose the Confusing Labels
The bottom line, breast size always wins over bra size. Just as women are content knowing that our personalities and character are not defined by body shape, we must learn that our breasts are not defined by a specific bra’s cup size.
If you are considering breast augmentation, bring in photos of the ideal shape you desire – especially breasts on women of your same physical size and proportion. Next, try on a variety of breast implant sizers to see exactly which volume will look best on your unique body. Asymmetrical breasts? Did you know that your surgeon can put different volume implants on each side, correcting any asymmetry issues? All of this will be discussed during your private consultation appointment.
Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery is your breast augmentation resource in Houston. Call our office at (281) 407-7428 to schedule your breast augmentation consultation. At this time, Dr. Paul Vitenas will perform a physical exam, review before/after photographs of recent patients, provide implant sizers to try on, and discuss your aesthetic goals in detail – all to determine the right size implant for your individual needs.