Is it preventative to get it drained now rather than wait for it to resolve? Got stitches out yesterday at 1 wk checkup, and new tape on incisions. Nurse noted left breast more swollen and higher than right. I had a lot of bloating and swelling before, but now the only pain is from internal stitches. Back at at home, noticed a reddish-purple mark under left breast. Through the new tape I can see dark marks both sides...assume blood/bruising, and seems lumpy. Nurse didn't say anything about it, but can't even small hematomas cause capsular contracture?
Is this a small hematoma after breast augmentation? (photo)
Doctor Answers (3)
This looks like normal post-op bruising but an exam in person is more accurate to determine if there is a hematoma.
Bruising, not hematoma
Based on you photos it does not appear that you have a hematoma. Bruising around the incision site is common right after surgery. It generally takes about 2 weeks to disappear. If you still have concerns, please follow up with your plastic surgeon. Thank you for sharing your photos and concerns. Best wishes.
Is this a small hematoma after breast augmentation?
If you are concerned about hematoma, you need to be examined by your surgeon. Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of breast augmentations each year. Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.
Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA