The Ultimate Guide to a Breast Reduction: Is It for Me?

Welcome to the JellyBra Ultimate Guide series on everything reduction! If you’ve come to this page, you may be contemplating getting a breast reduction.

It’s a difficult decision-making process fraught with “what-ifs” and “what-nows”, so we’re here to tell it to you straight and help you out along the way.

Get the Facts

You are not alone in thinking about getting a breast reduction.

Every year, 112,000 women in the US alone get a breast reduction. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the surgery has gained in popularity by 11%. Dudes are also jumping on the bandwagon. Male breast reductions have become more popular (about 32% more popular since 2000) with 26,839 surgeries performed in 2017.

We like the sound of that :) not just for JellyBra…but for everyone. According to ASPA President Jeffrey E Janis, MD "Breast reductions are consistently reported as one of the highest patient satisfaction procedures because it positively affects a woman's quality of life. It addresses both functional and aesthetic concerns.”

But you don’t need Jeffrey’s opinion to know how people truly feel. Pretty much anyone who has gotten one could attest to how great they feel after. Just look at the stats. Breast reductions consistently have a very favorable rating with patients; 95% of patients are satisfied with their results.

Yes, women and men love their post-op chests, but we're here to determine if you will like yours.

Ask Yourself "Why"

Let’s break down the "why" to get to the root of the matter. You might have neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain or hip pain. You may not be able to run or play the sports you want. You may be unable to exercise period. You may be short of breath or have respiratory problems. You may get nasty bra strap grooves that look like mini Grand Canyons. You may not be able to wear clothes you want or have to double or even triple up on bras. You might get headaches, migraines, or have poor posture and sleep issues.

Does any of this sound familiar to you? Does even one of these sound familiar to you? Then you've found your "why" and as trivial as some people want you to think your "why" is, it is legitimate. 

Reach Out To Others

Talking about our mental and physical health and the issues we have around our bodies is personal and intimate. It's difficult to talk to people about the problems we have…especially when it comes to breasts. No matter how you may feel about it, you've got to talk. 

You may not have anyone to turn to. That is okay. There are communities designed to help. You can always reach out to the team at JellyMed-- we are mission connected. We've been through what you're going through. Another great community to turn to is the subreddit r/Reduction. It is filled with incredible women who are open, honest, helpful, and most importantly get it. 

Reach out to people in your life. You never know who in your life has been through a breast operation before. We are willing to bet you will find at least a handful of people who have been through this before....maybe even more than once.

You would be amazed at how many women have had a breast reductions or desperately want a breast reduction and don’t tell anyone about it. Through our market research and extensive interviewing, we’ve found that women want to talk about their experience. We all like feeling a common sisterly bond. Going through an emotional and physical transformation is something that we can and should all bond together over and talk about.

Financing

Yes, getting insured for breast reductions is difficult, but it is becoming more and more doable. It is so worth going through the effort of proving need. Check in with your health insurance and talk to your doctor about how to claim insurance.

If you can successfully argue that it this surgery is a medical necessity, then you might be in. 

If you think there is a chance, see if the surgeons you are looking at are in your network. Check if pre-approval is required. Get your documents in order. Make sure you have a second medical opinion lined up (your insurance company may require multiple).  

Weirdly enough, your insurance may cover the reduction but not the lift. That is something to be aware of-- so make sure you ask. 

Find a Doctor You Trust

This is a big big big deal—probably the most important decision behind choosing to get a reduction in the first place. Do not hesitate to interview multiple surgeons. Have questions ready, see how they respond and get a general feel for their bedside manner. We will have a whole post about surgeon interviewing soon!

Some surgeons will charge a small fee to consult with you. Do not let that deter you from meeting with them. Sometimes, that will be the best man or woman for the job. 

If you are on the fence about your reduction, sometimes all it takes for you to get over your indecision is meeting with an incredible surgeon who makes you feel comfortable. 

Lasting Side-Effects

Take account of some of the lasting side effects. You might lose sensitivity in the nipples, although some women experience increased sensitivity. You might have partial numbness in your breasts, most likely due to any liposuction you may have. Lastly, scars. However, if you treat them right and use your JellyBra, those will be minimal! 

Sit on it

Take a couple weeks or months to decide. Weigh the pros and cons and be smart about your "why". Ultimately, don’t listen to anything but your gut. If you listen closely, you will know what's right for you :) 

If you need any support along the way in your decision-making, please reach out to Meghan and the JellyBra community. We are on Instagram, Facebook, and of course, here. 

Let’s take back our breasts!

XOXO

Meghan and The Jellies