Post Op Breast Reduction-steri Strips Have All Fallen off? (photo)

Hi, I am about 10 days post op from a breast reduction and within the first week all of my post surgical tape/steri strips have fallen off. There doesn't seem to be a problem with any of the area, i.e., there is no wound splitting/signs of infection, etc. However, with looking on this site, it seems most people have their steri strips on for 2 weeks or even longer. I have steri strips and paper tape at home, is this something that I should be reapplying? I have all dissolvable sutures, fyi :)

Doctor Answers 6

Steri strips on incisions

Your wounds look excellent.  The use of steri strips is variable from surgeon to surgeon, I usually leave them on for 2 weeks.  Ask your plastic surgeon what he/she prefers.

Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 75 reviews

Reapplication of Surgical Tape after Steristrips Fall Off in Breast Reduction

    Surgical strips or tape can be reapplied based upon surgeon's preference.  Your plastic surgeon may want you to do that. 

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 492 reviews

Breast surgery incisions and tape

I like to have my patients tape for 4-6 weeks. I think you should ask your surgeon what his preference is.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Best to keep breast reduction scars taped for several weeks.


You are healing well.  It is just that you may get better scars if the wounds  are taped. So call your plastic surgeon.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Post-Op Breast Reduction-Steri Strips Have all Fallen Off

In my practice, the #reduction incisions are covered with light dressings, and the patient is placed in a bra at the end of their surgery. The bra holds the #breasts symmetrically during the initial healing. The initial discomfort subsides daily and can be controlled with oral medication.
If you have severe redness, swelling, #drainage or odor, of any type, it is important to call the office and speak with the doctor or medical staff. You may need to be seen in the office and evaluated. If the wound becomes separated or you develop a small opening, this again should be evaluated. Appropriate steps must be taken as soon as possible to prevent infections and promote proper #healing following your #BreastReduction.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 107 reviews

Steri Strips after Breast Reduction?

Thank you for the question and pictures.  Your plastic surgeon will be your best resource; you will find that every plastic surgeons' preferences differ. By the way, your plastic surgeon has done a very nice job for you.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,482 reviews

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