American Society of Plastic Surgeons
For Medical Professionals
5 years ago

Bra indentations

I've been told my rib and sternum pain is being caused by my breast. I cant wear any bra without extreme pain at the tip of my sternum and ribs. I had indentations but when I gained weight and switched to sports bras they have disappeared. When I lose weight again will the indentations be visible again? Is bra indentations the only proof for insurance to process procedure?

Procedure: Breast Reduction
Location: Irmo, SC

Replies 2

Debra Johnson
ASPS Surgeon

Disproportionately large breasts often result in neck, back, and shoulder pain. Bra straps can cause grooves in the shoulders and the bra band below your breasts can sometimes dig in and cause discomfort. If you are overweight, and weight loss is possible, then that would be advisable prior to any surgery. Getting fitted at a good bra shop to make sure the bra you are wearing is as comfortable as possible would also be helpful. Sometimes pain at the junction of the ribs and the sternum can be due to "costochondritis" or inflammation of the connection there. Consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area to determine your best options moving forward.

Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your question and I am sorry to hear of your breast pain. Insurance companies want to see that patients have failed medical management before approving surgery. This medical management includes weight loss, chiropractic/massage therapy, seeing an orthopedic/spine surgeon, and the use of prescription medications to treat your symptoms. See a series of ASPS board certified plastic surgeons in your area to discuss your options.


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