Breast Augmentation - Oily Skin 3 Weeks Post-op. What Caused It and when Will It Clear?

Prior to my op, I had normal skin, but since my breast augmentation (3 weeks post-op) I still have severly oily skin. What caused this and how long does it last. Can I safely assume it was caused by anesthetics and will wear off or clear up? I know this may seem like a silly concern, but there is a level of confidence gained from having breast augmentation - without having to deal with skin changes that lower that confidence. I do hope this can be answered, please.

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Oily Skin 3 Weeks Post-op. When Will It Clear? Answr:

I have seen this frequently, usually with patients reporting oily skin just like you or with a break out of their skin in the cleavage area....I'm not sure of the cause (swelling, anesthesia, less aggressive washing cause it hurts!!!) but it does go away after a few weeks more and some of my patients have had success with Oxy-wash during this time...

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Oily skin after breast augmentation

Getting dry skin in the area of surgery is more common than getting oily.  Whenever our body experiences stress (surgery), it may get dry or oily.   However, it should not last long.  If it persists, you should see a dermatologist.

Oily skin after breast augmentation

The skin can react to surgery in all different ways. Sometimes it gets dry and sometiems it gets oily. If it persists, I would go to a dermatologist to be evaluated.

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“Oily Skin” after Breast Augmentation?

Thank you for the question.

Unfortunately, I have not seen or heard of your situation after breast augmentation. Therefore, I do not know if it is directly related to surgery and/or anesthesia. I do  think it will be unlikely that this will be a long-term problem for you however.

If you find that this does persist, consultation with a well experienced dermatologist may be helpful.

Sorry I do not have a better answer for you.


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