I had lift on 6/14. I had implants on 3/10/10 and doctor didnt like the position the implant was in because I had lost 160lbs from weight loss surgery. I am 23 days out and under my left breast I have an opening that has a puss like substance coming from it. Here's a picture. What could it be? Do I have an infection?
Incision Opened 3 Weeks After Breast Lift
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Incision open 3 weeks post breast lift.
Incision Problem after Breast Augmentation/Lifting?
Superficial separation of incision lines happen occasionally after breast augmentation/lifting operations. Most of the time these incisions go on to heal nicely without further intervention ( except possible suture removal). However, infrequently, an underlying implant may be involved; this becomes a much more serious problem.
Generally, close follow-up with the plastic surgeon involved is important to help with management of the incision line, removal of any deeper sutures that may delay healing, antibiotic coverage if necessary and evaluation of the wound for signs of infection and/or underlying breast implant involvement.
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Breast lift wound opended up and is draining
IT appears that you have wound breakdown at the junction of the vertical and horizontal scars. This is extremely common and typically resolves wihtin 3 weeks with conservative wound care and removal of any protruding sutures. Your surgeon should be made aware to evaluate the underlying implant and the use of antibiotics which is controversial.
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It is hard to say what is in the photograph. Small wound breakdowns usually heal on their own. If you have an implant and there is adequate soft tissue coverage usually this is not a problem.
Lower Wound Separation after a Breast Lift
As I understand it you lost 160 pounds after which you had a Breast Augmentation in March and three months later you had a Breast Lift. Your photograph is blurry but appears to demonstrate a chronic separation at the junction of the vertical scar and the transverse under the breast breast lift scar (in a inverted T). This area has the highest tension and as a result the poorest blood supply.
If you did not have an implant underneath I would nor be as concerned since the vast majority of these wounds proceed to heal. However, with a possible exposure of the underlying implant your surgeon should follow you closely to make sure the implant does not become exposed and infected.