Wound separation or something more serious? (Photo)

I am 7 days post op and just had my drains removed. My right breast is a bit uncomfortable on the incision line right under steri strip. t looks as though I have a bit of wound separation. The nurse said it looks fine but it seems to be rubbing duE to the location. More irritating than painful. Is this cause for concern? If so should I put neosporin on it? Any help would be wonderful :-)

Doctor Answers 3

Healing Post Breast Reduction in Melbourne, Florida

It is not uncommon, particularly with breast reduction surgery where the skin incisions are somewhat tight upon closure, to have minor wound separation issues.  These are generally of no consequence in the big picture and do not affect the final result.  If taken care of properly, then tend to heal all on their own.  I would keep in touch with your board-certified plastic surgeon’s office and follow their instructions carefully throughout your recovery period.  I hope this information is helpful to you.  Best of luck!


Melbourne Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Wound separation

See your plastic surgeon for post operative care.  The surgeon should be making a recommendation as to topical treatment as well. 

Wound separation

If you have wound separation, you may need local wound care to treat this area and should follow your surgeon's recommendations.

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

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.