What's the approximate healing time for breast reduction tissue necrosis wound? What should I do to promote healing? (Photo)

I'm 5wks post-op breast reduction & concerned about how my right breast is healing. At 2 days post-op, a blister developed under the right breast at the 'T' incision point, it soon turned into an opened wound with the middle black & hard. At 2 wks post-op my surgeon removed the black/hard tissue which he explained to be dead tissue due to insufficient blood flow to that area. I'm left with an open wound & instructed to apply Saf gel & dress 2x daily. He said it's healing ok but will take time.

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What's the approximate healing time for breast reduction tissue necrosis wound? What should I do to promote healing?

I am sorry to hear about the complication you have experienced. These wounds go on to heal through a process of contraction where the tissues heal from the sides towards the center of the wound;  this process usually takes several weeks/month to occur, depending on the size of the wound.  Sometimes, depending on the size of the wound, a "wound vac" may be helpful. Hopefully you will be seeing your plastic surgeon on a frequent basis; he/she will be in the best position to evaluate your progress. Occasionally, removal of unhealthy tissue (debridement) and/or removal of exposed sutures, may expedite the healing process. Best wishes; hopefully, you will be very pleased with the longer-term outcome of the procedure performed.  Sometimes revisionary surgery ( for example scar revision) may be necessary to improve the outcome and/or breast symmetry.

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Three months in a non-smoker and six months or more if you smoke.
The wound does appear to be healing well.

I hope this helps.

What's the approximate healing time for breast reduction tissue necrosis wound? What should I do to promote healing?

Sorry for your post operative issues. Healing for that photo posted wound could take 3 months. I recommend aggressive wound care, caloric intake increase, wound van, and possible use of PRP+AFSC infusions (cost for this is $$$s). Good Luck. 

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This wound is well on its way to healing.  Healing of this type can take several months before the area is covered and the scar is contracted.

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