Breast Indentation Or Dimpling

Question

Asked by Shari

Breast Indentation Or Dimpling

Approximately two months ago I noticed an indentation (or dimpling, as my doctor refers to it) under my right areola when I raised my arm. At that time I also noticed that my breasts were asymmetric. The right breast seemed smaller and seemed to sag more than the left. I saw my pcp and he referred me to a surgeon. The surgeon didn't seem too concerned but suggested an MRI because of my dense breast tissue on mammogram. Insurance wouldn't approve it, so I had an ultrasound instead which came back normal. My question is, should I be concerned and fight to have the MRI approved, or should I just "wait and see" as my surgeon suggests? All the information I've seen about dimpling of breast tissue appears to me a malignancy.

Thanks to anyone who can help me with this decision!

Shari

Answer

Hi Shari - Dimpling isn't necessarily due to cancer, but it can certainly be a symptom. I'd fight for that MRI. I've never been a fan of the "wait and see" approach with anything concerning your breasts. MRIs are particularly suited to women with dense breasts, so it would definitely be a good screening tool for you. See if you can work with your doctor/surgeon to get them to tell the insurance company it's a necessary test, OK? Good luck - PJH