How can I ensure healing fully after double mastectomy direct implant reconstruction. (photo)

Just had prophylactic double mistake to me direct to implant reconstruction. Found out the next day I had a huge blister under my skin. Once it popped a large area of dark skin remains. I've been using Silvadene cream and hoping for the best. Dr. is not giving me any answers. Dr. said it could heal or it might not. Any thoughts? My fear is losing The skin as I am very thin and I don't have any place else they can take from.

Doctor Answers 3

Wound healing after Mastectomy

I am very sorry you are having to go through this. Based on your photos, the skin is very compromised and may not survive. It is difficult to guide you further other than to say that local wound care with antibiotic ointment or comparable is the best thing to do right now. You may need further surgery once any area of loss declares itself. You might need your implant removed (just so you are emotionally prepared). I recommend seeing your plastic surgeon weekly during this difficult time. Best wishes.

Breast Reconstruction

Unfortunately with nipple sparing mastectomy there is always the possibility of loosing skin or loosing the nipple areola complex.Based on the ppicture posted, the dark skin in the lower part of the breast id dead skin and will be lost. The white skin around the nipple areola is possible full thickness loss of skin. I doubt that the implant can be saved.There are few options1: remove the implant, debride all necrotic skin and let it heal. 2: Remove the implant debride all necrotic tissue and if there is no infection flap reconstruction or a Latismus Dorsi Flap with or without an implant or tissue expander.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Skin necrosis

It looks like you have some skin necrosis of the flaps and possible nipple issues. Best to follow the wound care of your surgeon..

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.