Help for bra fitting with implants
Fitting with implants is basically the same as fitting natural boobs, but with some added considerations. Many fitters do not have the education on different types of implants and how they can change a bra fit. But I can help you there. If you are having bra fitting problems just answer the questions below and then shoot me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll do my best to help you solve your particular problem whether it be size, style, brand, or a combination of everything.
1. Tell me about you, general stats. Height, weight, body type.
2. Tell me about your implants. How far post op are you? Round or anatomical. Saline or silicone. What profile. If you have saline are they overfilled? What is their cc/ml volume? What placement do you have, full unders, partial unders, overs? Is this reconstructive due to cancer, tuberous breasts, PE/PC, or Poland’s?
3. Tell me your measurements. Using a soft tape measure, measure under your bust where your bra band sits. Make sure the tape is straight all the way around your body. Breathe out and take a firm measurement. Relax and measure again. You’ll measure the same way around your fullest bust measurement, but do it loosely. Next you’ll measure the same way but leaning forward. Last you’ll measure from the cleavage line where your breast ends around the top of the breast around to your sideboob. Please include the largest breast measurement.
Example measurements (mine right now in pregnancy): Tight underbust: 27″ loose underbust: 27.5″ Fullest bust: 38″ Fullest leaning forward: 38.5″ Individual breast: 12.5″
4. Tell me about your preferences. What do you want in a bra? What has your surgeon cleared you to wear?
5. Tell me about your fitting issues. Is there a particular problem you are having? Center gore lifting, wire sitting on the breast, too wide wires, band digging, etc.
6. Tell me about your current bra. What size is it? How does it fit.
7. (Optional) Send in some pictures that show what you mean. This is helpful if you can’t quite figure out what is wrong or if you can’t describe it. They can be as anonymous as you want them, crop or block your head. Just try to make sure they show from the high hip to the bottom of your neck including your shoulders. Photos of you in a bra are the most useful, but feel free to include images in shirts if it shows a fit problem. Any photos sent in will not be used with out your express permission.
If you’d like to share your fit experience you can. With your permission your fit problems and images can be used in a blog post. Of course your name will not be shared! Many people find reading fitting stories helpful, especially when they find they should be in a size that they just cannot imagine. I’d to share the stories of anyone who would like to help.
Last but not least. This is something I’m doing with my own time and as a totally free service. I just want to help. Please understand that there are limits in the written word and photos. It may take some trial and error just like an in person fitting. But I won’t give up until you find your best fit and something that is comfortable! I completely understand the shock of being told you are a 28 or 30 band when you have been wearing a 34. It’s OK if you decide that is too much for you! It can be a slow process with your size changing as you get used to changes in bra fit. I’m here to help YOU, not push a particular size on you because sizing methods say that should be your size. We are all different and this is your bra for your body and your breasts. We will find what works for you!