What size should I buy?

What size compression garment should I buy? This must be one of the most asked questions we answer at Bodyment!
Whether it be post surgery bras, compression bodysuits or girdles, it can be quite a daunting task choosing the size you need.

Our fitters have years of experience fitting patients both in person and via chat or phone, email or skype. We have built up a wealth of practical knowledge in determining what happens to your body in the weeks following a surgical procedure.  So if you are still confused after reading this post and are getting bamboozled with our size charts, then please contact us for assistance.

Take Body Measurements:

Our garments are not fitted like regular clothing. Our trusted manufacturers provide us with detailed charts to see what size garment would fit the customer now. Then, after discussing the various procedures to be performed, we determine where those measurements will change. Importantly, we also determine which measurements won’t change. For example, a patient having Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) but no other procedure, will only reduce in size on the torso and not the under bust or thighs. So, gather your supplies and possibly a friend, and let’s get started. You will need the following:

  1. Dressmaker’s tape measure.
  2. Mirror.
  3. Pen & Paper.
  4. Garment size chart.

Decide which measurements you need to take for your preferred garment. You can take the measurement with thin clothing on, but if anything is bulky then it’s best to take that off. You will see from our size chart images where we need those measurements taken.

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Waist measurements

As you can see from picture, the waist measurement required is at the smallest part of your torso, between your chest and your hips. Even if you are only having a lower tummy tuck when the scar will be just above your pubic bone, we will still need this “smallest point” waist measurement. Check in the mirror or ask a friend to make sure that the tape is horizontal around your body and not sagging anywhere. Have the tape fairly firm but not tight.

Hips measurments
The hip measurement should be taken around your body at about the top of your pubic bone. This is usually the fullest part of your hips and will include the top of your buttocks.

Thigh measurements
When a thigh measurement is required, take only the circumference of one thigh (the larger one if they are different). The tape should sit about 5 cm below your crotch, and again ensure the tape is not sagging.

Lower Leg measurements
The calf measurement is at the fullest part of the calf and the ankle measurement is just above the ankle bone.

Upper Arm measurements
If you need to take an arm measurement, place the tape around your arm horizontally around from your armpit.

Check the Body Garment Product Chart:

Now it’s time to check the size charts.
Usually, our charts offer a measurement range. Choose your appropriate range for all the measurements you have taken. A rule of thumb is you cannot have a compression garment that is too small for you in any area that will be covered by the garment. So, for example, if your measurements indicate that you are small in the waist and the hips, but extra large in the thigh,  and you are having a tummy tuck, then you cannot go smaller than extra large if your garment has legs in it. If your measurements fit into large in all sizes and you are having a tummy tuck and thigh liposuction, then you could choose one size down for your post surgical garment.

Our compression garments help to control swelling post surgery and after almost all surgical procedures there will be some swelling. We recommend only going down one size even if you are having radical or multiple procedures. Please take advantage of our chat and and phone service for sizing assistance. We would much prefer to get the size right in the first place rather than having to go through the exchange process. When offering our fitting advice, Bodyment can only follow the measurements you provide so please take your measurements very carefully to avoid any problems down the track.

Take Bra Measurements:

For bra garments, you will be asked to take an under bust measurement. Place the tape under you breast where your bra band normally sits. Measure the circumference of your body making sure the tape does’t droop at the back. If wearing an underwire bra, please take it off before measuring

Just like our body garments, surgical bras are not measured like regular bras. Basically, we require only an under bust measurement (where your bra band normally sits under your bust), as well as an indication of your preferred cup size post surgery. The band size will not change post surgery but the cup size will of course!  If you are having breast augmentation and are hoping for a “D” cup. then choose an “E” cup in those bras that offer different cup sizes.

Many of our post-surgery bras are one cup size and will fit up to an “E” cup. If you intend to go larger, then choose the next band size up. It’s the same if you are having breast reduction, lift or reconstruction. Always remember to allow for swelling.

As you can see from the picture, the under bust measurement required is taken where your bra band normally sits under your bust.

Make sure the tape measure sits evenly around your body and doesn’t droop at the back.

Bodyment customer support staff are always happy to assist with any queries you may have. Please feel free to contact us via our Chat service, phone us on 1300 077 892 or email us at Customer.service@bodyment.com.au

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