by Terrye Tebbetts
Finally, some national recognition of my soap box rants regarding the unreliablity of bra cup sizes! As I have said many times, there is no standard of measurement for cup size in the fashion world and there is certainly no MEDICAL, CLINICAL definition for cup size. So how can patients and surgeons keep planning breast augmentation surgeries based on something that doesn’t exist?
In the New York Times today, Laura M. Holson writes, “While clothes designers have whittled down dress sizes so that even a musclebound woman can wiggle into a size 2, brassiere makers are defying fashion convention by selling bras with bigger cup sizes. These days, many women (to their shock or glee) are finding that DD is becoming the new C.” This article quotes manufacturers like Wacoal America and retailers like Bare Necessities, who all agree, “Simply put, a woman who wears a 36A is also likely to fit into a 34 B or a 32 C”. Acknowledging that cup sizes and how bras are fitted can vary so much should really be a wake up call to all women who are thinking about getting breast implants.
The biggest problem with planning breast augmenation surgeries using things like the Rice Test, sizers, photos of others or cup size is that none of those methods take into account the actual breast envelope you are going to operate on. Respecting your breast tissue is the key to a natural result, that hopefully, will age gracefully with you and cause you the least risk of reoperation long term.
Operations need objectivity. The High Five System of measurement which was published by Dr. John Tebbetts, allows surgeons to plan the operation based on objective numbers. A key concept is that a properly chosen breast implant does not force tissues to where they have never been or were never inteded to go. An optimum implant either optimally fills the space present or stretches tissues no further than they are likely to stretch with a pregnancy.
When the size of an implant is chosen by the patient’s own breast tissue, then the patient will have the comfort of knowing it will never be too big and it is respecting her tissues. What cup size she ends up being …..who knows? Who cares? The size will vary depending on where she shops and what mood she is in at the time. She will get to have fun with shopping and figuring that out what cup sizes she can wear when she is about 3 months post op ~ after the implants “drop and fluff” as they say on the breast forums! Cup size will vary, but the safety of her breast augmentation and her breast implants will be secure if objectivity is used to plan the operation.
About the Author: Terrye Tebbetts is one of the most knowledgeable women in the world about breast implants, with 27 years of experience educating patients and 11 years as a patient herself. For more information about breast implants or breast augmentation Dallas surgeons, please visit www.thebestbreast.com.