Hickey like bruise on breast would not disappear! BA done 7 weeks ago, areola incision, right breasts reduced in size (Photo)

Since day 1 it was more swollen, bruised than the left one. However there is hickey like bruise that will not go away. I've sent my PS photos and she told me to apply rivanol +alcohol pads, and I did for 2days, where you can see it actually helped to reduce the red-hickey like spot and it started turning brown. But yesterday I had the the pad on me almost for the whole day and I think it actually burned me. there is no fever or pain but I am worried for infection;Your advise is appericated

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Breast augmentation

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Hello and thank you for your question. I'm sorry to hear of your concerns regarding your bruising. Given that it is still fairly in the recovery I would give it time. If you are using anything that could be damaging to your skin, I would discuss with your plastic surgeon and consider stopping it. 

Best wishes Theodore T Nyame MD

Charlotte Physician

Worried about persistent discoloration after lift/implants

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Thank you for asking about your breast lift and augmentation.

  • I am sorry you are so concerned.
  • This will almost certainly improve with time.
  • Please contact your plastic surgeon and report the reaction to the rivanol and alcohol.
  • I would not use anything on healing skin that irritates it - sometimes leaving things alone is the best idea.

Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes  - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

Bruise won't go away.

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I'm sorry to hear about your burn. I suggest you notify your plastic surgeon if your skin has been hurt by what you applied. As far as your results, they look great so I don't think you should be so worried about getting rid of the bruise so aggressively. In time, the bruise will be gone. Speak with your plastic surgeon especially if you have an open wound on your breast. Best wishes always, Dr. ALDO

Hickey like bruise on breast would not disappear! BA done 7 weeks ago, areola incision, right breasts reduced in size

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Thank you for your question. Remember, it is best to be seen in person by a double-board-certified plastic surgeon for precise diagnosis and treatment.

Moneer Jaibaji, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon

Bruise and Incision at 7 Weeks Post-Op

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1.    pain is variable

2.    it takes 2-3 months for implants to settle and muscles to relax

3.    celebrex, motrin, and muscle relaxers can help

4.    massage and stretching may help

5.    everyone heals differently

6.    4-7 days off from work is common

HEALING OF SENSORY NERVES: Tingling, burning or shooting pains, which will disappear with time and should not alarm you, indicate regeneration of the sensory nerves. If these sensations cause pain, repeated, local self-massage helps.

ASYMMETRY: The two breasts commonly heal quite differently. One breast may swell more, feel more uncomfortable, or have a different initial shape. After complete healing, they will be more similar and natural. You must have patience, but if this causes concern, ask questions of the doctor or the nursing staff.

SHAPE AND CONTOUR: The final shape of your breasts will start to look its best approximately three (3) months after surgery. It takes time for the skin and muscle to stretch and relax around the new implant. The breast will often look higher, firmer, and “less natural” in the first three (3) months. It can take up to a year to see your final result.

FOLLOW-UP EXAMS: These are generally done in 1 week, 2 to 3 weeks, 3 to 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months to 1 year, and 1-2 year intervals. In our office we include all of your follow up appointments in the initial surgical fee.

Healing is likely still progressing and the best thing to do is to continue follow-ups with your surgeon to make sure that healing continues to progress.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.