25 y/o, reddish/purple-ish patches on breasts, worried!

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Hello all,

I am a 25 y/o Caucasian female (5'5, 200 lbs, 42DD breasts). Besides my weight, I am healthy. I have been normal weight (140 lbs, 36D breasts) all my life until I gained 80 lbs between September 2013 and December 2014 due to severe depression. At my heaviest, I weighed 220 lbs. Now I am feeling my old self again and I am 20 lbs into my weight loss journey. 

So back to my breasts... I have always had large breasts, but have never had any problems with them.... until last year.

In September 2015 I developed reddish/purple-ish "spider vein" patches on both of my breasts. They are slightly more prominent on the left one. On both of my breasts, these patches are on the lowest parts of my breasts. When I am hot (let's say after a shower) they turn into a faint pinkish/reddish color and when I am cold they turn purple and blotchy. Since these patches first appeared 6 months ago, they have not changed, did not grow bigger, etc. 

I am not and have not been pregnant yet, I have no nipple discharge, my nipples are not flattening, my breasts are not swollen, not warm, no orange peel skin, etc. I have no family history of breast cancer. A year ago I went bra-free at home, so my breasts hang alot and they are heavy. Recently I started to wear a bra at home again, because I experience less discomfort wearing one.

What could these reddish/purpleish patches be? I googled telangiectasia (dilated capillaries) and the pictures seem to be very similar to what I have on breasts. Is it possible that these patches have something to do with my weight gain (even though I have already stopped gaining weight by the time they appeared), my breast size, and the fact that my breasts have been hanging alot for months before the appearance of these patches? Has any of you experienced the same symptoms? Is it something to be concerned about?

Thank you for the answers!

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    Hi Anna! I have the same thing! I never noticed it before almost 2 years ago, but it scared me for a long time! I too am very large breasted, and also very fair skinned. Are you fair skinned? I finally went to my ob gyn and had her look at them. She was not worried about it, said it looked like blood vessels and veins. She said anything that doesn't get worse, or stays the same, is not concerning. She also thought maybe irritation from wearing a bra that doesn't fit well. That was in the beginning of September. She offered an ultrasound if it still Worries me, but she said it was just veins.

    Do see your doctor!! Or just watch for changes. If you're like me you're scouring the Internet for answers finding very little!! I don't think it's super common or super talked about, but for the longest time I worried about IBC. Big boobs are just the devil and have al these weird things that go with them. Good luck! Let me know how things go for you! smile

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      Hello Mands1228! First of all, thank you so much for commenting, I am so glad to know that I am not alone! smile I have been google-ing this topic for a while, but I barely found anything. Yes, I am also fair skinned. Seems like this problem affects us very large chested, fair skinned women. I definitely agree that us women with large breasts have all kinds of weird things going on! :D I hope this discussion also helps other ladies who might go through the same situation as well. All the best to you, Mands1228! smile
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    Hi just wondered if you both went to the Drs and what the outcome was.

    Has the area stayed the same and how big is it please. Do you have any other

    Symptoms. Sorry for all the questions x

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      Hi Bev, are you having similar symptoms? Mine stayed that way, and probably has been that way forever. I actually just had a breast reduction. I had several areas like that. My doctor said it was tiny veins on big ol breasts! Well she didn't say big ol, but that was the layman' version. wink

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    So has anyone found a way to fix it or make it at least subside a bit? I get bad anxiety when it comes to talking to the Dr. And I've had whatever it is for about 4 years and get sick when I see my breasts. I'm trying to get the guts to call and make an appointment but for now, hoping people with experience with it can help for now.

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