Normal to have a lot of drainage after breast implants surgery?

I had my surgery 5 days ago and I still have my drainers and still discharging about 100ml a day from one side is this normal? What can I do to reduce the amount of draining? Color and everything looks normal. what can I do to make it better and or if there is something wrong. I was told by my surgeon that it was normal in some patients to drain more than others and he has checked on my breast and they look normal. They are swollen but not lumps or redness on them. Please help? Thank u!

Doctor Answers 6

Not usual but can definitely happen

While it sounds like you've got more drainage than the average patient, this is normal as long as you aren't experiencing any pain or rapid swelling. Just keep monitoring them and following your surgeon's instructions.

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Drainage After Breast Surgery

Drainage After Breast Surgery

Drainage after any operation is normal and can vary side to side. Your doctor will determine what is best to do. Unfortunately, there is nothing in your control but to be patient.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Drainage after surgery

Everyone drains a different amount. It really depends upon the procedure and the individual. It is best to follow closely with your surgeon.  Good luck.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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That is a lot of drainage assuming this was a breast augmentation and not something more complex. Without photos or examination, I would certainly yield to your surgeon's judgement here, and stay in close contact until this is resolved. 

All the best. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Drainage after breast surgery

Without knowing what kind of surgery you had, it's difficult to answer your questions.  Overall, I would  trust what your surgeon tells you vs. any advice you would get online.

Victor Ferrari, MD, FACS
Charlotte Plastic Surgeon
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I don't understand what breast surgery you had

In breast augmentation I have chosen to spend time reviewing photographs with patients to fully understand their expectation of size and shape. Many times this simply raises more questions. I will make measurements and use the implant guides to allow the patient to understand exactly the sizes that are reasonable for their body type and measurements.

Please find an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and member of the Aesthetic Society using the Smart Beauty Guide. These Plastic Surgeons can guide you on all aspects of facial surgery, breast augmentation and body procedures including tummy tucks or mommy makeovers!

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.