i have extensive skin discoloration on my right side after bilateral mastectomy. What is is?

what could it be and how is it treated

Doctor Answers 4


its so hard to say without a picture.  it may be bruising or if its bright blue it may be the dye used to look at a lymph node.  Ask your PS or GS

Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Skin discoloration after mastectomy?

Photos would be very helpful and also knowing if you had any complications following your procedure such as bleeding or tissue compromise.  And your best source of information would be your surgeon since your surgeon knows exactly what may have happened during your procedure.

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
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A photo would be helpful!

Three basic forms of breast reconstruction exist. You can use your own tissue, implants or a combination of the previous two techniques. Your own tissue can be used in the form of the DIEP flap, PAP flap, SGAP flap or fat grafting. Implants can be done in one stage or two stage. Two stage reconstructions are started by placing expanders at the time of mastectomy. Once they expanders are placed they are able to be inflated as determined by wound healing. The final time consists of combining any of the above techniques.

Skin discoloration after mastectomy

Your question is rather vague to get a good answer.  More details would be helpful.  How long post op are you.  Did you have radiation?  It could be anything from residual bruising or staining up to pigmentation from radiation or just thinning of the skin.  Go and see your surgeon and maybe he can add more too.  

Terrence Murphy, MD
Englewood Plastic Surgeon
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