Dr. Carlton Scroggins - Plastic Surgery of Greater Washington DC

elegant blue bra on red hangerThe correct fitting bra provides women with the best comfort and appearance. However, about 80 percent of women wear the incorrect bra size. Wearing the wrong size can cause many physical problems, such as neck, back, and shoulder pain, not to mention leave behind a less attractive appearance that can affect a woman’s self-confidence.

Generally, all bras are the same in that they contain a number followed by an alphabetical letter, so how do you distinguish the right bra from the wrong one? In order to find a bra size that best fits you, it is important that you either see a professional fitter or complete the following three steps:

Step 1: Measure Your Band Size

While exhaling with your bra on, wrap a measuring tape around the bottom of your bust and take the smallest measurement possible. After rounding to the nearest whole number, add two inches if the number is even and three inches if the number is odd.

Step 2: Measure Your Cup Size

While wearing a non-padded bra, stand straight and measure the fullest part of your bust. Round your number to the nearest whole number.

Step 3: Calculate Your Bra Size

To find your bra size, subtract your band number from your cup number. For each difference of an inch, increase your overall cup number by one size.


Step 1:  34” bust measurement (under) = 36” band

Step 2:  39” bust measurement (over)

Step 3:  39”- 36” = 3” (C cup)

Your Bra Size is probably 36C

If the calculation of your cup size is more than four inches larger than your band size, or if you have droopy or pendulous breasts, this measurement may not be accurate.

If the Difference between Step 1 and Step 2 is…

   Your Cup Size is…

                      0” to ½”


                      ½” to 1”








Choosing the right size bra is an important aspect for not only looking great, but feeling confident about yourself.

If you suffer from sagging breasts after pregnancy or wish to add volume and fullness to your overall appearance, feel free to contact Plastic Surgery of Greater Washington. Dr. Carlton Scroggins has more than 20 years of experience in performing breast enhancement procedures and can help you achieve the look you want. To schedule a consultation, call (301) 220-0400 or fill out our online contact form today.

Call Us Today For A Consultation(301) 220-0400

Carlton H. Scroggins, M.D.
7525 Greenway Center Dr.
Suite 113
Greenbelt, MD 20770
1010 Wayne Ave # 410
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 220-0400
Fax: 301-220-1719

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