Hematoma After a Breast Lift: Will It Effect My Result?

Hi I had a breast uplift 11 days ago. My right breast has been more swollen and bruised than the left, I visited my Dr today and he wants me to come back in for more surgery as it is a hematoma. He says it is a small operation, is this the case and what does it involve? Will it effect the overall 'result' of my uplift? Thanks.

Doctor Answers 8

Hematomas should be drained.

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It is better to re-open a small part of your incision and drain the hematoma, wash the area well and cauterize the vessel which caused it  than to wait for the resolution which can result in skin puckering and distortion of the tissues.  Over time the incision should reheal well and the breasts shape return without any evidence of the problem.

Hematoma and Breast Lift

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Although not common bleeding after surgery and the collection of blood can cause a hematoma.  In most cases unless very small, a hematoma should be evacuated as it can lead to increased scarring and hardness and even impair residual blood supply. better to error on the cautious side and treat it.  When fully evacuated and good outcome is anticipated. Talk with your surgeon.








Richard Linderman, MD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon

Draining a hematoma and effects on breast lift results

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IF evacuated early , the hematoma should not result not interfere with the final result of your procedure.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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