According to a research conducted in 2007, 85% of women wear incorrect bra size. Your size can be measured as follows: (viz. Michael Rabinowitz in The Handbook of Style (Quirk Books, 2007)
Step One: Measure Band Size
Measure yourself while wearing an unlined or thinly lined bra.
Using a soft measuring tape measure around your rib cage in inches – just beneath the bust. Ensure that the tape is snug, smooth, and level in the front and back.
If your measurement is even, add four inches to this number to get your band size; if your measurement is odd, add 5 inches to this number to get your band size. Fuller figured women with rib cage measurements of more than 36 inches may only need to add 1 or 3 inches to get to the next even numbered band size.
Step Two: Measure Cup Size
Keeping the measuring tape straight and snug, measure around the fullest part of your bust.
Subtract this measurement from your rib cage measurement.
The difference is the basis for your cup size; each inch of difference is equal to one cup size.
You can look up your cup size here:
less than 1 inch = AA cup
1 inch = A cup
2 inches = B cup
3 inches = C cup
4 inches = D cup
5 inches = DD cup (E)
6 inches = DDD cup (F)
7 inches = DDDD cup (G)
Get Fitted for a Bra
Dr.Fisher’s staff is best equipped to provide you with a complimentary bra fitting consultation. In addition to measuring you for your accurate size, the staff will also be prepared to help you find bra styles for specific outfits or occasions.
Further, just because you have a bra fitting once doesn’t mean you’re finished. No, the experts at La Senza say that women’s bra sizes change up to six times during their lives. The lingerie retailer’s national online survey results revealed that 45 percent of women surveyed have never had a professional bra fitting and 64 percent of respondents have been wearing the same bra size for up to five years.
Puberty, pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight gain, weight loss, menopause, and variations in fit between different brands and styles… there are many reasons why you should regularly go for a bra fitting to ensure proper fit and comfort throughout your life.
Before bras, there were corsets, whose function was to lift and shape breasts upward. In the past, women did not move as much, did not jog, did not commute, and consequently there was little need for this type of undergarment. The modern bra with its two separate cups was gradually developed from the corset in the early 20th century.
Generally, the bigger the breasts, the more support you need. Women with small-to-medium size breasts, if they are used to wearing bras, probably feel a little uncomfortable without them. However, this is more a psychological issue and a question of habit: women tend to feel awkward or less self-conscious without bras if they are used to wearing them. In fact, you become used to automatically wearing bras, it is possible to not even notice or pay any attention to the slight discomfort from bras. So much the more important it is to ascertain the correct size and make certain it fits.
Although credible studies have not been conducted in this field, for obvious difficulties of arriving at objective statistical results, it is a common knowledge that tighter bras may have some link to breast cancer… In the field of plastic surgery, the surgeon is actually the best person to consult on the size, shape and aperture of the bra, because he knows your anatomy better than you. Dr.Fisher will provide you not only with advice, but also with the correct bra you should wear for 3-6 months after the operation.
Dr.Fisher’s general (non post-operative) advice:
1. Adjust the straps to the maximum length.
2. Lean forward into the cups and rest your breasts into the supports.
3. Reach behind to hook the bra on the middle hooks of the closure.
4. Put the straps on your shoulders.
5. Position your breast in the cup by slipping a hand into the cup and lifting the breast while aligning the underwire on your ribcage along the natural crease of your breast to prevent pinching of the breast tissue.
6. Tighten the straps so that they support the breasts lightly without cutting into the skin or putting too much strain on the shoulders.
7. Adjust the straps every time you put on a bra.
Further, while bras do give breasts support, they do not ultimately prevent sagging. Gravity will eventually take its effect. However, fortunately, you can visit Dr.Fisher – the Expert in combating this type of gravity!
There are two kinds of microdermabrasion treatments. One approach involves a hand-held device that streams tiny crystals across your skin. An attached vacuum simultaneously suctions those exfoliating crystals back into the machine, along with the dead or loosened skin.
The latest approach uses a diamond-tip wand that is gently moved across your skin to exfoliate. Each treatment will last about a half hour. You may feel a mild scratching as the procedure removes the superficial skin cells. Additionally, you will notice a vibrating sensation akin to a massage. There is also a suction mechanism to lift off the dead skin. Dr.Fisher invariably recommends a special moisturizer or facial product to enhance and prolong your result. You need to consult with Dr.Fisher or our expert nursing staff in person.
Any discomfort experienced as part of microdermabrasion is usually short-lived. This can include redness and swelling, which should subside within a few hours. Later, you can expect the skin to be flaky and dry for several days. Additional rare risks may include bruising, which can occur as a result of the suction, but does not last more than 2-3 days. Post-microdermabrasion, your skin will be more sensitive to sun exposure. Therefore, please use sunscreen, especially immediately following a microdermabrasion session. (viz. Dr.Fisher’s video advice on U-Tube)
Your polished new look should be long-lasting, depending on the severity of your skin damage and the number of treatments that you receive. Many people have two microdermabrasion treatments per month at first and then one per month as part of a maintenance plan. Finally, facial microdermabrasion is sometimes performed with no medical oversight, often in conjunction with facial spa treatments. However, the only way to prevent unwanted, unwarranted complications is to consult with a specialized expert. Dr.Fisher’s focus encompasses all facial and dermal problems, and he is indubitably the authority you need to consult if you have any questions, doubts or worries.
In Los Angeles, we have summer virtually all year round and many bikini-loving beachcombers love to reveal their physical assets. Weight loss and toning is not all diet and exercise. From the breasts and buttocks to the waist and arms… your whole body is “suctionable,” as Dr.Fisher says. “What an ugly word,” he adds. “It is one of those flash-in-the-pan expressions I commented on in my last interview for Facebook and U-Tube. One should not be susceptible to new-fangled terms in science or art, terms that drive the banner of some lowest common denominator – spaghetti universe, Twiggi body… and such. ‘Suctionable’ seems to be one such term. It is, though, very descriptive. It says what we do in helping people feel better about themselves: we separate the chaff from the grain, so to speak. You see, it does not have to be on the beach – it can be in the privacy of your own home, while you are stepping out of the shower looking at yourself in your bathroom mirror. No-one can see you then – only you. However, how you look is how you feel, and that reflects and bears on your self-esteem when you are fully clothed among other people.”
Dr.Fisher wrote a whole book on the subject, aptly titled “Body Image.” He is currently preparing a second edition. He would welcome any reflections on liposuction that his former patients may have.
For those who have not yet had any cosmetic surgery done and are contemplating getting rid of love handles, hip rolls, muffin tops or whatever other part of your body, which you do not like, “suctionable,” albeit ugly-sounding, is a very descriptive term: we can simply “suck it off.” For example, “abdominal etching” involves the removal of excess fat in between the abdominal muscles, and in doing so creates indentations that give the appearance of a defined stomach. You may have seen this on some of our models on Facebook (all product of Dr. Gregory Fisher’s work). Think six-pack abs? Why not?
Now, as you are, touch yourself on the abdomen. You are sitting? Stand up, lean backward. Now, touch yourself on the abdomen. Can you feel the “sixpack” hiding below? A good surgeon-sculptor, such as Dr.Fisher, can touch you exactly the same way in the operating room, while you are under anaesthesia. He can follow your muscles, and feel where the indentations are. Then, he can suction off the exact amount of fat needed for your muscles to stand out. Of course, you do have to exercise a little and not be a total couch potato. “Abdominal etching” is an option only for individuals in whom total body fat is less than 18 percent. However, it is just as successful, if not more, as a stringent diet and hard exercise, much harder than you would have to exert without ab etching.