Post Breast Augmentation Incision Healing?

16 days ago I had a BA with correction of tuberous breasts. I had the incisions around my entire nipple and just removed the surgi-strips on day 14. There is no discharge, or tenderness. There is an occasional shooting pain around the incisions, but it isn't terribly painful by any means. However, my right nipple incision has more scabbing and is darker in the incision line. Is this normal? When in the highest risk for incision infection over? Thank you!

Doctor Answers 7

Breast Augmentation Healing Timeline

It sounds like your incision healing is progressing normally for 16 days after surgery.  It is very normal to have more "scabbing" and darker incision on one side versus the other once the steri strips are removed.  Shooting pains around the nipple is also normal symptoms of nerve recovery following surgery.  Signs of infection would be increased pain, redness, drainage and/or swelling.  At 16 days out, in the absence of these signs, you are unlikely to experience infection.  Return to your surgeon immediately, should you experience any of these signs or symptoms.

Thank you for your question.

Auburn Plastic Surgeon
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Incision Issues

Augmentation in the tuberous breast is more likely to feel tight for a while as the skin gradually stretches out.

The incisions are at their greatest risk for infection within the first 48 hours of surgery.

After that time period, the risk is much lower but not zero. The lowest risk is after the skin is completely healed closed. This can happen in as little as 48 hours or take a week or more depending on other factors such as patient health, smoking, diabetes, tension across the line of closure, etc. Sorry, there is no one easy answer.

Always communicate with your surgeon if any changes occur with your incision that cause it to look different in any way.

Morgan E. Norris, III, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Incision Recovery After Breast Surgery

Dear Suzie,

At 2 weeks post surgery, it is too early to assess your scars. You have to be a little more patient as scars tend to become red and puffy (peaks at about 2-3 months) and then this change will subside with time; every scar heals at a different pace.

Currently, you should be clear and out of the time zone of an infection. However, I do not mean that it is impossible that you develop an infection so I recommend that you keep on the same care you provide yourself with.


Thank you for your inquiry and the best of luck to you.

Dr. Sajjadian

Ali Sajjadian, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Incisions Post Op Breast Surgery

Thank you for your question.

It is difficult to give you good advice without examining the area.  You are very early in the recovery process and I would suggest keeping regular follow up appointments with your surgeon so that he/she can make sure that everything is healing nicely.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Appearance post-op

From your description, it sounds to me like normal healing but you should check with your surgeon to make sure.

Margaret Skiles, MD (retired)
Sacramento Plastic Surgeon
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Incision after breast surgery

Discuss this with your surgeon.  They may recommend taping the breast incisions.  Donald R. Nunn MD  Atlanta Plastic Surgeon.

Donald Nunn, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Very early!

This is very early to evaluate scars and differences etc.  have to give it some more time and scar massage creams etc... In terms if infection. You are getting past the most "dangerous"time. You should be fine

Sanjay Lalla, MD, FACS
West Orange Plastic Surgeon
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