ASK DR NOVOA – How do you determine bra size?

I was surprised to find out that many ladies don’t know how a bra vs. cup size is measured. Well, here is a general way to determine the measurements.

WITH NO BRA ON, do the following:


  1. Wrap a tape measure around your body just under your armpits, around the upper part of your back. It should lay on your chest just above your breasts. Document the measurement in inches. If it is even, this is your band size. If the number is odd, add 1 to it to get your band size.

  2. Measure around your chest at the fullest point of your breasts. Make sure that the tape measure is laying flat around your entire body and does not sag in the back. Note this measurement in inches.

  3. Subtract your band measurement from Step 2 from the measurement in Step 1. The difference determines your cup size.

A difference of 0 to 0.5 inches corresponds to a AA; 1 inch to an A cup; 2 inches, B cup; 3 inches, C cup; 4 inches, D cup; 5 inches, DD or E cup; 6 inches, DDD or F cup; 7 inches, or G cup; 8 inches, or H; 9 inches or I cup; 10 inches or J.

If you want to have a breast augmentation, IN GENERAL, if you are a 36A: adding a saline implant of 300cc size increases you to a 36B; 400cc to a 36C; 500cc to a 36D; 600cc to a 36DD; 700cc to a 36DDD; 800cc to a 36G.

A great place to go to get an exact bra fitting is Dillard’s. They have a professional bra specialist that makes excellent recommendations.
And Yes, I do have patients who are 34-38 G to H sizes.

Hope this helps. 🙂

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