Breast Implants Incision Reopened After Stitches Taken out

breast implants removed 1-19-2010. 2 weeks after stitches removed, incision has reopened. Dr. says he can't stitch it that it has to heal inside out. Is this true?

Doctor Answers (4)

Incision issues

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Yes, if the wound opened at this pont, it is better to allow it to heal naturally because technically the exposed area is contaminated.

Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Implants Incision Reopened After Stitches Taken out

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Wounds that are infected are usually best allowed to drain to minimize the potential for an abscess formation.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Disruption of Breast Augmentation incision

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The majority of plastic surgeons, myself included use buried dissolving sutures which do not need to be taken out. Leaving in external / removable sutures in for more than 5-7 days will leave permanent "train track" sutures. This suggests to me that your surgeon MAY not have been Plastic surgery trained.

I agree with Dr. Khoobehi. It is extremely uncommon for a breast augmentation incision to open after suture removal unless there are OTHER factors at play which impede healing ; infection, smoking etc.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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If you have infected open wound, you need to leave it open

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If your incision opened because of infection, then you need to leave the incision open till it closes from inside. It is unusual for an incision to open after 2 weeks unless there is a healing problem, smoking or infection.

Kamran Khoobehi, MD
New Orleans Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 66 reviews

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