Can Fat necrosis developed 4 almost 5 months after a breast reduction.
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A breast mass should be evaluated in person by your doctor. Best of luck and hope everything is ok...
Fat necrosis occurs from the insult of breast reduction but maybe obscured by swelling for many weeks.
The vascular insult that led to fat necrosis probably occurred at the time of the operation. Acute swelling will camouflage the temporary damaged area. As a swelling subsides a lump may become apparent many weeks after the operation.
Any mass on the breast needs to be checked regardless of it occuring after surgery. It more than likely is just fat necrosis but it warrants at least some imaging to be sure. Best wishes, Dr. T.
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Thank you for your question. While it is unlikely that you have developed new fat necrosis, it is possible for it to become noticeable in a delayed fashion. As the edema of the tissue resolves and the necrotic tissue hardens, it can become more evident. Other causes of painful masses include breast cysts. It should be evaluated by your doctor. Given the timing, you are also problably due for a new postop baseline mammogram, so checking would be a good idea. Best wishes.
Thank you for your question.
While you are likely noticing fat necrosis of a cyst from the healing process after your surgery, any new lump in the breast should be evaluated by a doctor. I recommend you contact your surgeon to discuss the issue.
Dr. Dan Krochmal
MAE Plastic Surgery
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