I have 2 holes under my left breast where my incision was made. It doesn't seem to be healing. What can I do? (Photo)
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Is this a breast reconstruction? Your scar seem atypical for a breast augmentation. Have you had radiation?
When an implant becomes exposed like this it often becomes contaminated by bacteria and it needs to be explored surgically. There is a small chance that this implant can still be saved, but if it is deemed to be too risky to preserve then the implant should be temporarily removed. If this implant is removed, then most patients would elect to have the other breast implant removed at the same time. The breast can then be left to heal and any infection dealt with.
Sometimes implant exposure happens because the implant was too large, or the wound healing was compromised by cigarette smoking or medication or infection. If a cause was identified or suspected, this can be addressed before undergoing further surgery.
Usually it takes about 6 months for the tissues of your breast/chest to settle fully following explantation and once the tissues are deemed to be healthy again, the implant can be re-inserted.
I hope all goes well with your surgery
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Exposure of the implants.
I have 2 holes under my left breast where my incision was made. It doesn't seem to be healing. What can I do? (
2Hole under the breast
I completely agree with my peer. I would immediately seek the attention of your plastic surgeon.
Stephen M. Davis, MD, FACS
Green Hills Plastic Surgery
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