Hard Lump Where My Drainage Tubes Were Post-BA- Will It Improve?

I am 3 weeks post op from breast augmentation surgery and have discovered hard lumps where the drainage tubes came out (they were in for 24 hours) Will this get better over time or is there something I can do to help it along?

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Drainage Tube Firmness?

Thank you for the question.

The tissue reaction around the drains  will soften up over the course of the next few months and should not be an issue long-term.

I hope this helps.

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Lumpy tissue at drainage sites post op breast augmentation

Hi Minna,

I recommend you have your PS examine you first before massaging area. If your surgeon is certain no infection is present, then rest assured that these 'lumps' will resolve on their own with time. Make sure you keep area clean and dry to accelerate healing. Best wishes, Dr. H

Gary M. Horndeski, MD
Texas Plastic Surgeon
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Hardness where drainage tubes were placed

This should improve over time.  You have some scar tissue that generally improves over time and is usually is aided with massage of the area.  Donald R. Nunn MD  Atlanta Plastic Surgeon.

Donald Nunn, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Hard lump at drain site

Firmness at the location of a drain site is fairly common.  This typically resolves spontaneously.  Massaging the area may be helpful but  speak to your surgeon about this before you proceed.

Beverly Friedlander, MD
Short Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Drain Lumps

The exit site where drains were placed may have a little tissue reaction which should certainly resolve without difficulty over the next several months. There is nothing you need to do except be patient and keep in touch with your surgeon.

Richard Linderman, MD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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