Breast Aug - Dark Red Marks? (photo)

I am 7 days post op and after taking off the out dressings last night I have noticed dark red/purple marks on my right breast. Are these anything to worry about? I do not know if it will be best to leave them uncovered or to put another dressing on to prevent infection. I do not see my surgeon for another week but should I be using creams on these marks as soon as possible to prevent scarring or are they permanent? It would be useful to know what they are to prevent any more or them getting worse?

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Post Operative Red Marks

Thank you for the question and the pictures. Judging from your photos these red marks appear to be bruising. Not uncommon in the early post operative period. For the most part these will go on to resolve without any sequela. Make sure that you are not on any medications or taking supplements that can cause bleeding, such as Motrin, aspirin, vitamin E, etc. or that the bruises or the size of your breast are not becoming larger.

Again, this will most likely resolve on its' own, continue to follow up with your plastic surgeon. I hope this helps. Best wishes.


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Probably Bruising

These areas most likely represent bruising.  They should resolve in 7-10 days and rarely leave scars.

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Bruising after augmentation

Thanks foy your inquiry, I believe you have some bruising after the augmentation.  Please see your surgeon for a check-up.

Bruises after Breast Augmentation

   As everyone else has posted, these are indeed bruises that should resolve in about one week's time.   Sometimes the blood migrates out of the vessel and travels the first few days after surgery before becoming apparent.

Bruising after breast augmentation?

It looks bsaed upon yoru photos that you have some bruising which looks pretty normal after surgery. If concerned, it is best to see your doctor.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Dark red marks after breast augmentation surgery

Hello. These marks are most likely just bruises from the surgery. This is not uncommon and unless you notice them getting much worse I would not worry. Just make sure to bring these up to your surgeon when you see him in a week so that he can evaluate them in person.


Jaime Perez, MD
Breast Augmentation Specialist
Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa

Jaime Perez, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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Post op Breast Augmentation

The red marks one week after surgery are normal post operative bruising. Expect the bruising to resolve the next week or two. No additional treatment is needed at this time and you should not place a dressing over the areas.

Bruising after Augmentation

If you are concerned I would recommend contacting your surgeon and letting him know.  I'm sure he wants to make sure you are well taken care of.  However, they look like mild bruises and nothing to be concerned about.  Good Luck!

Brian Reedy, MD
Reading Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Aug - Dark Red Marks?

These look like bruises from surgery, and are not at all alarming in appearance. Some patients get none, some less and some more than you. Expect these to resolve without leaving any marks.

All the best. 

Bruising after breast augmentation

Thank you for the pictures.  It looks like you have acquired some new bruises along the inferior portion of the breast.  This usually happens immediately after surgery, but it is not unheard of to happen later.  Make sure you are not taking any blood thinners like ibuprophen or aspirin because this can cause more bruising.  Just give it time and they will heal fine.  Hope this helps you.

Kindest regards,

Neil J. Zemmel

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