Following bilateral breast surgery, women often wear a bra band size that is far too small, thinking that having it very tight will help it stay in place even without breast tissue. But if the band size is too small, the shoulder straps will also be too small, the cups will be in the wrong position on the body, and the bra will “ride up.”
The importance of a good fit can’t be stressed enough; you probably know that many women wear the wrong size bra and that every clothing brand fits slightly differently.
Professional Mastectomy Fitting Advice
If you are considering purchasing a new mastectomy bra or swimsuit we would recommend that you visit a certified fit specialist to ensure you get the best fit possible. Amoena retailers have mastectomy fitters with the training and experience to help you avoid discomfort. We encourage you to rely on their fitting services – think of it as having your own personal wardrobe consultant.
Remember, your bra size can change due to age, diet or exercise, so it is important to have your fit checked regularly.
Alternatively, if you’d prefer, you can measure yourself using the guidelines below, however you may find it easier to ask someone to help you.
How to Measure Yourself
Whether you’re buying a new mastectomy bra or a swimsuit, you want it to fit well.
To determine your bra/swimsuit size or briefs, follow the instructions and chart shown above and below.
Band Size (underbust)
First measure underneath the bust line from the centre front all the way around (A).
This gives your underbust measurement (band size).
Cup Size (overbust)
Next, measure from the middle of your chest over the fullest part of your remaining breast, all the way around (B).
This is your overbust measurement (cup size).
Hips (for briefs)
Measure around the widest part of your hips (C).
This is your size for lingerie briefs or separate swimwear bottoms.
More About Amoena Swimwear
Amoena swimsuits and bikinis are sized to correspond with your typical dress size.
To ensure the best fit possible we have swimwear available in different cup sizes. Most styles have B and C cup fittings, with a selection ranging from AA through to F.
A swimsuit with pocketed cups gives you peace of mind if you like to stay fit with water sports. Our versatile Aqua Wave Swim Breast Form is made to fit and stay inside the pockets of our swimsuits.