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Since getting small implants earlier this year I noticed my sternum was a little bony. Now I have been eating well and exercising and lost 4kg and it seems really bony and I hate the look of it. I've been doing strength training which may have changed my chest muscles too, push-ups, weights etc. My arms look great, but my sternum really bothers me.

I feel self conscious about it. I had been looking forward to summer and being able to wear lower cut tops but now I just want to hide my sternum. 

Has anyone else had this problem?

Is there anything that can be done about it?

Is it a tell tall sign I've had a BA?

I'd really appreciate any insights. Thankyou xxx

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Hey hun, first up - no, it's not a sign or an indication of your BA, so it won't give it away :)  However, you do appear to have a bit of a gap. Is that a bra or dress you are wearing? If seems to be a little too big for you. Do your breasts come closer when you wear a push up bra?  Do you have anatomical implants? I'm just wondering if you have been doing isolated pec exercises which may have moved your implants a little outwards perhaps? It's hard to say as I don't know what you looked like prior to surgery and how your sternum appeared then. You may need to have a consult with your surgeon for proper advice.

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2 hours ago, sabP said:

Hey hun, first up - no, it's not a sign or an indication of your BA, so it won't give it away   However, you do appear to have a bit of a gap. Is that a bra or dress you are wearing? If seems to be a little too big for you. Do your breasts come closer when you wear a push up bra?  Do you have anatomical implants? I'm just wondering if you have been doing isolated pec exercises which may have moved your implants a little outwards perhaps? It's hard to say as I don't know what you looked like prior to surgery and how your sternum appeared then. You may need to have a consult with your surgeon for proper advice.

Thanks for replying. Maybe I have been doing the wrong exercises and pushed them out a bit. What exercises should I be avoiding? I wasn't told to avoid anything. I'm not really sure which exercises are isolated pec exercises. I have been following a program that has a heap of different exercises. My goal was to get a flat tummy, but the program has lots of battle rope/ push-ups/ arm weights as well.

I am wearing a bra though I am bending over because that shows up the bony look the most so the bra is a bit loose when i lean over. I have round motiva ergo implants under the muscle. I can push my breasts together with a push up bra. Prior to surgery I definitely never had a bony sternum. 

I'll most likely book in a consult with my surgeon, I'm just hoping for a little reassurance that I can get rid of it

16 minutes ago, LaurenT said:

Did you have much breast tissue or a visible sternum before your BA? Also, as previously asked ^^ have you been doing chest exercises? on top of this I was advised before my surgery to be my goal weight and ideally not lose more than 1-2 kilos as it can impact results. 

I had a small amount of breast tissue, deflated b/c cups after breastfeeding and never had a visible sternum before. 

And yes I have been doing chest exercises, I had thought I was able to do any exercise. Which ones should I be avoiding? push-ups, chin ups?

I thought I was my ideal weight at surgery, but in trying to loose my mummy tummy I've lost 4kg. 

 

Thanks for your reply :)

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1 hour ago, Watergirl said:

Thanks for replying. Maybe I have been doing the wrong exercises and pushed them out a bit. What exercises should I be avoiding? I wasn't told to avoid anything. I'm not really sure which exercises are isolated pec exercises. I have been following a program that has a heap of different exercises. My goal was to get a flat tummy, but the program has lots of battle rope/ push-ups/ arm weights as well.

I am wearing a bra though I am bending over because that shows up the bony look the most so the bra is a bit loose when i lean over. I have round motiva ergo implants under the muscle. I can push my breasts together with a push up bra. Prior to surgery I definitely never had a bony sternum. 

I'll most likely book in a consult with my surgeon, I'm just hoping for a little reassurance that I can get rid of it

I had a small amount of breast tissue, deflated b/c cups after breastfeeding and never had a visible sternum before. 

And yes I have been doing chest exercises, I had thought I was able to do any exercise. Which ones should I be avoiding? push-ups, chin ups?

I thought I was my ideal weight at surgery, but in trying to loose my mummy tummy I've lost 4kg. 

 

Thanks for your reply :)

Hey lovely... I know that @I HaveBoobs is a PT and she can give you some advice re chest exercises. But most of our surgeons have said a firm NO to isolated pec exercises because of the danger of pushing the implants out. I'm quite surprised yours said you could do any exercises... Definitely go and have a chat with them. xo

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I went to see my surgeon and he confirmed that me left breast has moved outward. I think I will have surgery to fix it and get slightly larger implants while I do. He also said he can add some stitches on the outsides to prevent them from moving outwards again. And I should lay off the push-ups obviously. I don't think the bonyness will be so obvious if the breasts are closer together like they should be. Must have been fate telling me to have surgery again knowing I wanted bigger boobs! Just not sure when I'm going to be able to fit it in though, I don't really want to do it over summer....

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