Dried blood under tape. Is this normal? (Photo)

Is this normal dried blood under tape,no pain first dr appt Wensday......

Doctor Answers 18

Breast Lift

Hi & thank you for your question.

It is common to have dried blood or leakage on the bandages. If this concerns you or become excessive I suggest you contact your surgeon . Best of luck!

Dried blood on steri-strips

It is pretty common to have some dried blood on the steri-strips. Best to leave it alone until you see you surgeon.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Normal to have dried blood after surgery

It is normal to have dried blood under your bandages for up to one week after the procedure. if it continuing to ooze  and is wet ,  I would contact your surgeon to have it evaliuated.  Good luck to you. 

Jagruti Patel, MD, FACS
Peabody Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Dried blood under the tape

Congratulations on your recent surgery.
It is common to have dried blood under the tape.
It seems like you have having a normal healing.
Please follow up with your plastic surgeon.


Your breasts appear to be healing very well one week after breast lift.  The dried blood is very normal.  Good luck!

Dried Blood

Hello and thank you for your question.  It is common to have drainage from incisions, particularly in the first few days after surgery.  Not to worry!  If the drainage continues or gets worse, you should contact your surgeon about it.  Best of luck.

Carmen Kavali, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Totally normal

Any incision from recent surgery has the potential to have some drainage or bleeding in the immediate post-operative period.  A small amount of bleeding under dressings or tapes is very common.  Best wishes.

Levi J. Young, MD
Overland Park Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

Blood Under Tape After Surgery

Dried blood under the dressings is normal after surgery. If the blood continues with out stooping or starts again after stopping and is bright red blood you should contact your surgeon.

Good luck!

Dried blood under tape

It is not unusual to have a small amount of blood on your dressings/tapes following surgery. It is always best to communicate any and all concerns directly to your surgeon in the immediate post operative period. 

100% normal...

...and expected.  Keep the tape and take care of those incisions so your scars are as pretty and inconspicuous as possible!  Cheers...


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