10 days post breast lift, stitches out, & still have a small opening w/ some fluid staining my sports bra.Is this normal?(photo)
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Drainage from breast after surgery
Thanks for your question and photos. It is normal to have slight drainage from an open area especially like the one you show in your photo. Bacitracin or triple antibiotic ointment will help the open area heal faster with minimal scarring issues. It should go away in a couple of weeks. Be patient, but if redness, fevers or chills occur, go see your plastic surgeon sooner! Good Luck and congratulations on your results thus far!
All the best,
Carlos Mata MD, MBA, FACS
@breastlift @docmata #drcarlosmata
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Breast Lift Healing
This is a common minor issue after a breast lift or reduction. The opening could be where yours is located or below that where the scar between nipple and crease meets the scar in the crease (if you have the anchor scars). It happens because that is where most of the tension exists from the lift.
The good news is that it always heals. Always. I have my patients just clean it with soap and water, then apply a small amount of antibiotic ointment and a band-aid.
The yellow-red fluid is what leaks from normal tissue cells when the upper layers of skin are not there. Sort of like a road rash where there is some fluid on the raw skin. Once the new skin grows, the fluid will go away.
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