What else can I do to help my stitches that separated heal? (Photo)
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Partial skin separation at junction of skin flaps after breast lift plus implants.
With a scab in place "holding things together," it's not quite as large or scary, but as the scab separates and the healing tissues stretch, the wound can look temporarily larger. Your photos show no obvious evidence of infection or other concern, and the final healed result will contract, fill-in, and be remarkably better than you probably are imagining right now! Honest!
Those of us who do lots of these surgeries see this occasionally, and know how to care for this. Your surgeon seems like he does too! Don't be scared, but stay in close contact with your surgeon and report any signs that might be interpreted as "worsening." This will ultimately be fine, and the scars can be revised once they soften and become mature (6-12 months) if you and your surgeon decide to do this. Fortunately, many who have this problem ultimately heal so well they choose to do nothing. Best wishes! Dr. Tholen
Separation after breast lift with implants
Breast Lift and Open Wound
Best of luck.
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This type of wound is usually managed with dressing changes. Dressing changes remove debris from the wound surface and allow the wound healing process to continue. Rarely antibiotics are indicated when infection is present as well.
The vast majority of these wounds heal nicely, but rarely scar revisions are necessary. In the interim, it's important to maintain good communication with your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon should be able to get you through this difficult experience.
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