Have I ripped a stitch? If so, is this something i can wait till Monday to have my Dr look at or should I go to the ER? (Photo)

I am about 1 week post BA (08/08/14) I am 23 y/o, 5ft 3, 103 lbs, bwd 10 cm. I had Mentor 350cc HP smooth silicone placed under ther muscle through an inframammory incision. I am concerned because i have had some bleeding since Thur (08/14) on my left breast at the incision site. I spoke with my PS that day and he said it's common to have some bleeding and not to worry. Well today is Sat and I'm still having some bleeding. It's not a heavy steady flow but I am concerned.

Doctor Answers (9)

When concerns develop after surgery

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you should always have access to your surgeon or whomever is covering.  Bleeding is normal for a couple of days after but if it continues, the source must be identified and dealt with.  In addition, it could suggest a hematoma but its quiet evident in your one breast getting larger and more painful.  But bleeding that far out is not considered normal in my practice and you should have your surgeon evaluate you.


Redding Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Still bleeding

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Thank you for your pictures. If you still having bleeding and I would definitely have your plastic surgeon investigate this and examine it. You need to make sure that the bleeding can be stopped and that you don't have a hematoma.

Earl Stephenson, Jr., MD, DDS
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Incision and bleeding

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If you have persistent bleeding from a suture line after a bresat augmentation you want to be sure you are not developing a hematoma deeper. Best to see your surgeon ASAP.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

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Share the stress

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Hi there,
Don't wait and wonder, contact your plastic surgeon again and share the stress with him. I am sure he would want to know what you are going through and no doubt would be keen to see you promptly.
Best of luck,
James

James Southwell-Keely, MD
Sydney Plastic Surgeon
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Blood on steristrip

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Since this didn't start until 6 days after surgery it does concern me.  A call to your surgeon is in order. 

All the best. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Have I ripped a stitch? If so, is this something i can wait till Monday to have my Dr look at or should I go to the ER?

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Well it is Monday. What has happened. Did you see your operative surgeon? What was the finding. ///// 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Have I ripped a stitch? If so, is this something i can wait till Monday to have my Dr look at or should I go to the ER? (Photo)

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There are several possibilities. You need to call your plastic surgeon immediately with your concerns.

Wesley T. Myers, MD
Conroe Plastic Surgeon
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Have I ripped a stitch? If so, is this something i can wait till Monday to have my Dr look at or should I go to the ER?

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With the tape covering the incision- it's difficult to assess. I suggest that you see your Board Certified PS today.

Thomas Trevisani, Sr., MD
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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Bleeding after breast augmentation

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Looking at the photo there is slightly more bleeding than expecting but that amount would not be worrisome. If you notice that breast significantly more swollen in the upper part of the breast as well compared to the other side then there could be a hematoma in the implant pocket. That would need to be addressed asap. If your breasts are symmetric then its likely a small skin bleeding vessel and should stop. Some light compression directly over the incision may help stop it. 

Josh Olson, MD
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