Am I suppose to remove these bandages? (photos)

My BA was Aug 30th my paper work said to remove gauze and shower after 48 hours but these are taped over my nipple incisions can these be removed and there's steri strips underneath?

Doctor Answers 14

Steri Strips


Yes, I would expect that there are steri strips underneath and while they would stay on through washing, the gauze taped on should be carefully removed. If you aren't sure just give your Plastic Surgeon's office a call.

All the best

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 176 reviews

Remove the old gauze

Those dressing were supposed to be removed before you took your first shower.  They are doing more harm than good trapping moisture and bacteria next to the incisions.

Gary Lawton, MD, FACS
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 133 reviews

Bandages post-op

Thank you for your question. I would highly suggest you call your plastic surgeons office and discuss these questions directly. Unfortunately, there would be no way to predict what is under your dressings without having been in the surgery with you. Good luck!

Kiran Polavarapu, MD
Fort Worth Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Breast augmentation post op care

Thank you for your question.  When it comes to post operative care and instructions, it is always best to consult with your operating surgeon first as they are familiar with your medical history and your personal recovery experience.
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Lane Smith, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 90 reviews

Breast augmentation

Thank you for your question and photographs.It is absolutely necessary to consult with your surgeon about this. Every surgeon has slightly different post-operative protocols so if you are unclear about any of your aftercare instructions I would contact the office and have them clarify it for you before you take any action and remove dressings. Best of luck in your recovery.
Sincerely, James Fernau, MD, FACS
Board Certified ENT
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James Fernau, MD, FACS
Pittsburgh Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 73 reviews

Breast Augmentation/Breast Implants/Anatomic Gummy Bear Implants/ Silicone Implants/Breast Implant Revision

I appreciate your question. I would recommend that you discuss this question with your surgeon as every surgeon has their own respective post op protocol for his/her patients.  Your surgeon is your best resource as he/she is most familiar with your medical history and how you are healing at this time. The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam. Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery. Best of luck! Dr. Schwartz Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Director-Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute #RealSelf100Surgeon

Jaime S. Schwartz, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 83 reviews

Removing Bandaging

If you are uncomfortable or if the post-op instructions are unclear, absolutely contact your surgeon for clarity.Best of luck!

Robert M. Kachenmeister, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Bandage removal

It's best to check with your surgeon for instruction on this issue.  He/She is most familiar with your surgery and will be the best person to advise you.

Camille Cash, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

What to do with my dressings?

please call your plastic surgeon and get clarity on what to remove and what to leave in place.  We all can have different recommendations in regards to incision care.  

Melinda Haws, MD
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 43 reviews


The instructions likely mean to remove the dressing over the areola but you are always safest to call the office and speak to the staff or doctor.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

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