Fitting Guide - Lingerie & Swimwear
Fitting Guide - Mastectomy Lingerie
It is important to measure yourself or visit a certified fit specialist each time you are considering purchasing a new mastectomy bra. Remember, your bra size can change due to age, diet or exercise, so it is important to have your fit checked regularly.
To determine your bra size, follow the instructions shown below:
Band Size (underbust) First measure from the middle of your chest, underneath the remaining breast to the centre of your spine (diagram A).
Double this measurement to get your band size (this is the ‘underbust’ measurement shown on the picture).
Cup Size (overbust) Now measure from the middle of your chest to the centre of your spine, but this time over the fullest part of your remaining breast (diagram B).
Double this figure to get your overbust measurement.
Measurement equals 37cm. 37 x 2 = 74 Band size is 74cms.
The measurement is 45cm. 45 x 2 = 90
74 centimetres underbust and 90 centimetres overbust, gives a bra size of 12B
Use the chart below to find your correct mastectomy bra size.
Breast Form Fitting Guide
How to wear a Breast Form
Most women wear their breast forms every day, for all occasions. To securely hold a breast form or partial shaper, Amoena designs beautiful bras with integral pockets.
These pocketed bras boost your confidence and body image, and ensure the breast form doesn’t slip out or slide around.
A self-adhesive breast form like Amoena Contact is another option, but we do recommend wearing it with a bra.
While you can wear non-pocketed “regular” bras, they may not be as secure for you as one with a pocket in the cup.
Because staying fit is so important, particularly after breast surgery, pocketed swimwear and active wear, including mastectomy sports bras, are also available.
Leisure and Home wear lets you relax in comfort because the bras are built right in. In all of these lingerie and clothing options, pockets securely hold the breast forms in place and let you move freely.
Wearing the right breast form can make a big difference in how you feel every day.
For the perfect fit, it’s important that you consult individually with a trained, certified mastectomy fitter in a specialist shop, clinic or hospital. Your fitter’s experience and knowledge can help you identify your unique needs and then choose the right breast form.
We understand that with such a wide range to choose from, selecting a breast form can be a bit overwhelming! To make it easier, we code our products with a number and letter system.
You or Your Mastectomy Fitter should begin with these 3 steps:
Step 1: Cup fullness
Select the cup fullness you need. Is your remaining breast (1) shallow, (2) average or (3) full?
Step 2: Shape
Consider the shape: (S) Symmetrical, (E) Extra or (U) Universal. Generally, a symmetrical shape is best after a standard mastectomy and a universal breast form is best if you have had lymph nodes or tissue removed from under your arm.
Step 3: Size
Your fitter will properly measure your bra size to determine your breast form size. All Amoena breast forms are available in a wide size range. We recommend that you wait at least six weeks after your breast surgery, to ensure that incisions have healed. It is also important to make an appointment yearly because bodies change over time and as we age.
Breast Form Conversion Chart
To determine the size of breast form required, find your bra size on the conversion chart. Example: 14B will require a size 5 breast form.
Putting it all together
Now you have all the information you need to order the correct breast form. In the example below we have chosen a breast form in an average cup and symmetrical fitting, bra size 14B which converts to a size 5.
If you’re still not sure what to order, don’t worry – just call in to the store or phone 0466828144 and we’ll be pleased to assist you.