Incision Re-open Years Later?

Can an incision re-open years later after surger? If so what would be the cause?

Doctor Answers (3)

Possible implant exposure years after surgery


It would be very unusual for an incision to open up years after surgery.  For a breast implant I would be concerned about exposure of the implant.  You should be examined by your plastic surgeon as soon as possible to exclude implant exposure.  

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Incision opening longterm


It is extremely unlikely and rare for an incision to open longterm.   Frankly, I have never heard of this.   Usually by 6 weeks, 80% of the skin tensile strength has returned and the skin should not reopen at this point.

I would be concerned about a potential medical reason for delay in wound healing.   I would recommend revisiting your plastic surgeon and evaluation by your primary care physician for a potential collagen disorder.

Dr. Gill

Paul S. Gill, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Incision Re-open Years Later?


A little explanation would be helpful--what kind of surgery, what kind of incision, and what are the circumstances?

It would be most unusual for an incision to spontaneously re-open after it is well healed.Two centuries ago you would suspect scurvy, but that disease is almost unheard of today. 

A deep infection may find the path of least resistance to be an old scar. 

Some more info would allow for a more specific reply. All the best. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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