3 days post, normal bruising after stressful recovery?
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Bruising after breast augmentation.
It's a bit difficult to tell in these photographs, but you seem to be fairly symmetrical in terms of size, shape and even bruising. This is more bruising than I typically see in my patients, but some of this may have been caused by your postoperative course.
It would be best to be assessed by a plastic surgeon, however unless there is a large collection of blood (which would increase your risk of complications) the majority of this type of bruising will simply settle with time. Try to take it easy, avoid stress and heavy lifting, and certainly avoid the smoking! I hope it settles down.
3 days post breast augmentation, normal bruising after stressful recovery?
The right breast looks fuller and larger than the left. Obviously you had bleeding following your surgery which is why the surgeon used drains. However if the right breast feels extremely tight with a lot of pressure and pain a hematoma or further bleeding needs to be ruled out. I would suggest that you return to see your plastic surgeon for an in person examination.. If that is impossible then see a plastic surgeon locally for an examination as it is very important to rule out a hematoma.
Breast Augmentation/ Breast Implants/ Anatomic Gummy Bear Implants/Silicone Implants/Revision Breast Surgery
Since there has been a change in your post op course, please contact your plastic surgeon so he/she can examine you and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan at this time.
The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.
Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative breast surgery.
Best of luck!
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Director-Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute
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Keep up with the surgeon
Seems like it will be OK from the photos, but you are not out of the woods.
Smoking is not helpful for healing.
Patient with a number of concerns after elective surgery abroad.
I really want to answer your question but am absolutely flabbergasted by your bad decision-making. Sorry to have to tell you that, and I'm trying to be kind without being too blunt or sarcastic.
Drains mean your surgeon chose to place an "exit" for blood s/he was unable or unwilling to control in the operating room. Unfortunately, drains also allow bacteria "in" while allowing blood "out." Antibiotics only decrease the risk of infection, but do not eliminate those risks, especially when those bacteria have a "superhighway" right into your breast pockets and implants, which have no circulating antibodies OR antibiotics to "fight off" infection. (Hematomas don't count, except as culture broth.)
Oh, and a few cigarettes to decrease circulation and oxygenation of healing tissues! I'm not even going to go there.
If we really want to discuss choices that were made, we could also ask about textured implants under the muscle. This really is a good topic for discussion, but with drains to contaminate your implants, you may have to have them out if there is hematoma that becomes infected, antibiotics or not.
My advice to you is mostly too late, but not for other patients who are contemplating surgical tourism.
Don't do it.
For now, all you can do is communicate with your surgeon and see if there is an ABPS-certified plastic surgeon in your area who is now "good enough" to care for your complications when s/he was "passed over" when you chose your surgeon abroad. This may prove both difficult and costly. Please try to prepare for this, even though things may be "fine" for now. You have a much higher risk for capsular contracture as well, so your surgical journey may not be over when this procedure heals. Sorry. Good luck. Dr. Tholen