My stretch mark split open during breast aug. Any suggestions?

I got 425cc saline under the muscle, areola incision 7 days ago. I saw my surgeon today to get my stitches out and he informed me that during surgery, a small stetch mark on the left breast "gave out" and he had to stitch it up. Is this possible? Ever since I woke up from surgery, this breast has been more painful and swollen then the other. I'm concerned that my surgeon is not being honest with me regarding this complication.

Doctor Answers 6

Stretch marks are weakened skin! -Good wound care to allow for healing !

My suggestion is to do very good wound care to allow them to heal well and reduce the scarring. I find that keeping the wound moist and preventing a scab will allow for the fastest and best healing.  The breast augmentation may be causing the breast tissue and skin to be compressed and thus reduce the blood supply to the area.  Therefore, the healing may be delayed until the blood supply has adjusted and reestablished itself.  Do not worry if it takes longer than you would expect to heal because if the blood supply is compromised by the surgery, it will take typically 2-3 weeks for the blood supply to get to it's baseline robustness.  Once this happens,  if the wound is still open you will see a very dense rid tissue that fills in the wound which is called granulation tissue.  Once this fills in the wound will suddenly close up and heal well.  This is assuming your blood supply is limited.  During this time I have found that if the person does not have an allergy to sulfa that using an ointment like Silvadene cream and wet saline compresses are ideal to keep the wound from desiccating and scabbing so that the newly developing blood supply does not get compromised.   I also really like using Tegaderms to prevent desiccation and allow the skin cells to grow across.  This can be used when there is no oozing and also allows the for the wound to be protected from water exposure, which is not possible with a traditional bandaid or bandage. 


Pawtucket Plastic Surgeon
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Stretck mark gave out

I would let it heal and the main thing is to keep it from getting infected so good wound care is important.

Robert Brueck, MD
Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon
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My stretch mark split open during breast aug. Any suggestions?

YES, Allow healing to proceed as planned. After a few months than re evaluate the area of your stretch mark... 

Stretch marks are damaged dermis and thinner

These stretch marks are thinner than skin without stretch marks. These can tear and best if possible is to remove or avoid them if one can.

Peter J. Capizzi, MD
Charlotte Plastic Surgeon
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My stretch mark split open during breast aug. Any suggestions?

Unfortunately, without being present at your surgery, it is difficult to comment on your situation.  Since it is still quite early after your surgery and both you and your doctor need to work with each other for the best outcome, I would suggest you work with him and try to avoid confrontation.  By law you are allowed full access to your medical record and you can ask for a copy of the operative report.  This document may help clarified what was done during your surgery.  Best wishes, Dr Lepore. 

Vincent D. Lepore, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 50 reviews

Possible for a stretch mark to split during surgery?

Without being present in the OR during your surgery, I'm not sure that anyone is going to be able to answer your question except your surgeon.  If he had staff in the OR that you now interact with postoperatively, you could ask them but it may put them in a difficult situation.  Ask yourself if you remember having a stretch mark there, as it is conceivably possible for a very thin stretch mark to split, but you likely would have noticed the very thin skin before surgery.  Another option is to ask for a copy of the operative report, but hopefully you can have trust in what your surgeon has told you since you have already trusted him with such an important operation.  Best of luck with your continued recovery!

Jeffrey A. Sweat, MD
Sacramento Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

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