When a C Cup Size Isn’t Always a C: Male Doctors and Breast Reductions, Maybe Not the Perfect Match? ILOVEAGOOD.com exposes the truth.

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Style expert learns why women aren't getting the results they want from breast reduction surgery. Is it the doctor or patient that needs a better understanding of bra cup size?

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Style and Intimates Expert, Jenny Altman, during a bra wear test exercise.

Many surgeons assume that all women have a 36 band size, and that's just not the case.

For years women have dreamed of an hourglass figure. They have undergone painful surgery and recovery for vanity; paying hefty sums for larger breasts. But what about all of those women who have dreamed of reducing their breast size? Women have been suffering for decades, and expect breast reduction surgery to be the answer to their prayers. Turns out many women aren't getting the dreamy results they have been hoping for.

Jenny Altman, Style and Intimates Expert for ILOVEAGOOD.com, is used to talking to women about their most intimate secrets. Women nationwide go to her for advice on bra and underwear issues, and often share very personal information with her regarding their breasts. "It's not unusual for me to be sitting at a business lunch when suddenly I learn every woman's cup size at the table. From there, women share secrets about their breast size and shape along with stories related to their very first bras", says Jenny Altman, "It's not uncommon that I learn all about women's breast issues and get a peek at their bra, before ever learning the woman's last name".

Recently, even Jenny was shocked to learn that women undergoing breast reductions are not getting the breasts they are asking for. Women are realizing that the large breasts that have made them physically uncomfortable and caused them to suffer from poor body image through their teen and adult life, are going under the knife to decrease breast size. Unfortunately, when they go to the surgeon and ask for a C, surgeons aren't exactly understanding what these women want.

ILOVEAGOOD.com shares what went wrong with one woman's breast reduction surgery in their feature story "Surgery of the Wrong Size",

"I always knew I wanted to be a “C.” As far back as I can remember, it seemed like The Perfect Size. (It just sounds nice, doesn't it?) So before I underwent a breast reduction, I neurotically told my surgeon that I wanted to be a bra cup size “C.” I told him in his office, on the phone the evening before the surgery, and even as I was being wheeled into the operating room. When the anesthesia wore off, he woke me up by saying, “You’re a perfect C.” I was elated. It was a bra miracle!"

Unfortunately, this same woman went to buy bras just a few months later and did not have the same reaction:

“You’re a 32DD,” said the saleswoman, matter-of-factly, winding up her tape measure.

"The blood drained from my face. A lump rose in my throat. Panic took over."

With a growing percentage of the population now averaging a size DD or larger, breast reductions are becoming more common. These women want to be more comfortable in their clothes, and have a better overall body image. They turn to plastic surgery as a last resort after spending years wearing minimizers to look smaller. They literally put their "breasts" into the hands of a surgeon.

Turns out that many women aren't getting the results they paid for. Is it because the plastic surgeons are often male and don't understand a woman's true desire to be less voluptuous? Is it because surgeons haven't been schooled by bra brands as to what cup size actually means in modern times? Jenny Altman says, "A cup size C is not always a C. There is a 32C, 36C, even a 40C. They are all completely different cup sizes under the umbrella of a C. You have to know your band size to accurately know your cup size. This bra thing is a science, and surgeons aren't up to date on the growing features involved in new bra sizes. But women need to know what to ask for, which is more than just a letter."

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