I had bilateral mastectomy on 25 September and scar is now very red. Any suggestions? (photos)
Doctor Answers 2
Mastectomy scar redness
This looks like healing inflammation as I don't see signs of cellulitis (infection) in the surrounding tissue. It's still very early on in the healing process- if you have other signs like fever, new pain, or swelling, contact your doctor.
It could be infection
I have seen the rare situation where the redness was related to the scar management creams so these should be avoided till the redness settles completely.
As the wound is closed it would do no harm to apply a soothing skin cream like Aloe Vera or vaseline to alleviate discomfort. With a closed wound, application of any antiseptic cream will not offer any additional benefit.
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