Is It Normal for Breasts to Itch After Reduction Surgery?

If I had a breast reduction is it normal for my breast to itch a lot? Especialy right under the breast. I received surgery on the 8th of June, 2010 and my right breast is itching me. I also have fevers throughout the night and sometimes during the day. Is this normal?

Doctor Answers 6

Help for itching after plastic surgery for breast reduction

You would want to see a physician to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction to medications/garments or a yeast infection as the cause for your itching (pururitis). However, itching is quite common beginning from 7 days out to 3 weeks as histamine is involved in wound healing.  I have found that topical moisturizers and arnica cream are soothing. Oral anti-histamines may help diminish symptoms but can be sedating.

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Itching Typical-- and will often resolve without intervention.

It’s not unusual for patients to experience itching following breast reduction surgery.Itching can occur for a variety of reasons.In some cases it’s related to the resolution of swelling.When this happens, the skin cracks and flakes.This is often accompanied by itching.In other cases the compression bra causes irritation of the underlying skin.These problems tend to resolve without difficulty and are best treated with moisturizing creams.
In other cases hypersensitivity and allergic reactions to adhesive agents and steristrips may be responsible.Under these circumstances Benadryl and topical steroids may be necessary.
Finally bacterial and fungal infections may be responsible for itching.In this situation local wound care and antibiotics may be necessary.
In the vast majority of cases, itching resolves without intervention.Occasionally, itching may indicate the presence of a more serious problem such as infection.For these reasons. It’s appropriate to consult your plastic surgeon if itching is an issue.Your surgeon should be able to evaluate your situation and formulate an appropriate treatment plan.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Itching after a breast reduction

Itching is relatively common after any surgery.  Benadryl at bed time can be of some benefit.  Also a low grade fever is not uncommon.  If you notice redness of your skin or a fever above 102 then it is time to be evaluated by your plastic surgeon.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Itch after reduction surgery

Yes! You may be having a dermatitis in the incision area. Return to the surgeon for examination and treatment. Otherwise keep area clean and use a moisturizer and antibiotic creams.


Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Reduction Recovery?

Thank you for the question.

Congratulations on having undergone the breast reduction procedure; it is one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform.

Itching may very well be a normal part of the recovery process;  however, you should still be seen by your plastic surgeon to see if you are having an allergic response to medications etc. You should also be evaluated to determine the source of fever.

I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Itching after a breast reduction

Itching may be normal after a breast reduction as the healing process takes place. If the area is red and p ainful you may have a dermatitis.  Fevers are something that need to be investigated by your doctor.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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