As a general rule, plastic surgeons usually remove drains placed during breast surgery (i.e. breast augmentation with implants, breast lift, or a breast augmentation with breast lift) when the drains are putting out less than 20-30 cc of fluid per day; drains are thus usually removed within 5 days of surgery.
However, because your breast surgery required the use of Strattice, you may have more drainage and require drains for a longer period of time. Removing drains too early can result in unwanted fluid collections underneath the skin.
Jaime Perez, M.D.
Breast Augmentation Specialist in Tampa, Florida
Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa, Florida