What is this hard white piece that just came out of my breast opening? (photos)
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Open Vertical Incision Wound after Breast Lift with Implants
That whitish material looks like organized fibrin protein that would become a scab if allowed to dry. It may be associated with some dissolvable suture material--most likely a material called Vicryl--- that is widely used in circumstances like these. Once any of the foreign suture material is gone this area should heal pretty quickly, though it sometimes takes a while to get the healing to progress. Tell your surgeon about it tomorrow, and best of luck.
Tom DeWire, MD, FACS
Hard plastic coming out of breast incision
This is a partially absorbed 'suture' from a suture stapler.
Vicryl is often irritating when near the skin - it is not uncommon to have this happen.
Be sure your surgeon removes it tomorrow if it doesn't come out before your appointment.
Be sure to consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Hope this helps. Have a great day.
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Occasionally, these sutures can persist, which can result in crusting and scabbing. Under these circumstances, they can be easily removed without structural consequences. Removal of these sutures should be performed by trained medical personnel to avoid injury to adjacent structures.
What is this hard white piece that just came out of my breast opening?
Breast lifts involve multiple incisions that may occasionally open during the post operative period. Normally, simple wound care is all that is necessary, and the would heals spontaneously. The white firm material seems like suture material. My best guess is probably an absorbable staple such as Insorb brand absorbable staples. Please consult your surgeon. Good luck and be safe.
John T. Nguyen, MD, FACS, FICS
Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Appears to be a piece of a suture.
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