Open areola area without fever or intense pain (Photo)

I had this recently. No more drainage with the use of xeroform. Sharp pains at times. Nothing too heavy. Is this serious or just a normal phase?

Doctor Answers 6

Breast wound

Thanks for your question and for the photo. 
Glad to hear it is no longer draining.  From the photo, it appeared that you did have some purulent (infected) drainage.  You should follow up with your surgeon to make sure that the pain you are experiencing is not caused by any collection under the skin.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Stitch abscess?

You may have had a stitch abscess.  These often go on to heal with local wound care. If concerned, see your surgeon.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Open areola area without fever or intense pain

Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well.. The breasts may lose their elasticity and firmness which can be caused by different factors such as pregnancy, massive weight loss, lactation and aging. To reaffirm the breasts and restore the natural look your surgeon can perform a mastopexy or breast lift. A breast lift restores a firmer, perkier, and more aesthetically pleasing shape to sagging breasts. This not only can improve a patient’s appearance by restoring her youthful, feminine proportions, but  also help bras and swimsuits fit more comfortably and attractively. By removing excess, stretched out skin, reshaping the breast tissue, and raising the nipple & areola into a more forward position, a cosmetic surgeon can create a more youthful breast contour. Stretched, large areolae can also be reduced during breast lift surgery, creating an overall better proportioned, natural looking breast, Actually the perkiness on a person or another, depends on patients skin and breast tissue… Breast augmentation surgery increases or restores breast size using silicone gel implants, saline implants or in some cases, fat transfer. One of the most popular and frequently performed aesthetic surgery procedures, breast augmentation has a long and successful track record in satisfying women who wish to enhance, regain or restore balance to their figures.At the first 3 to 5 months, it is too soon to determine how your results are going to be, per now, they look very nice and beautiful, you can have one bigger than the other, feel swollen and also have bruises and open wounds, it is normal and that can happen for the first 3 to 4 months until your implants have settle in. I recommend you to wait and keep using your post surgical bra, that will help you with the shape and support…

Tania Medina de Garcia, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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From this photo it would look like you are having a problem with the stitches. This should resolve although I would show your PS. 

Gary L. Ross, MBChB, FRCS
Manchester Plastic Surgeon
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Wound opening

Any open wound should be followed by your plastic surgeon and not self-treated.  You should be evaluated and causation established. Best wishes.

Robert L. Kraft, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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It can be localized wound infection

from the picture, pus discharge can be seen,it can be a localized wound infection with dehiscence. Please contact your surgeon so that he can do a thorough examination with wound culture and sensitivity. Antibiotics with wound care would help you heal faster and help contain the infection .

Monisha Kapoor, MBBS, MS, MCh
India Plastic Surgeon
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