Redness Around Breast Sround 3 Weeks Post Op? (photo)

I had surgery Septmeber 25th. and both of my breasts still do have redness in them, but ive just noticed the right one getting more red, im still healing and whatnot, i had surgery from a deformation issue. so if i had to get my implants removed it would ruin my world. is this normal for healing? is it just irritation from shirts? or is it infection?

Doctor Answers 9

Redess Can Be A Sign of Infection

Infection after surgery or surgical site infections are usually divided into three general categories, superficial, deep, and organ space infections.  The more superficial infections usually respond to simple treatment with the correct oral antibiotics and care of the surgical site.  Is some cases removal of foreign bodies such as exposed sutures at the skin level can accelerate the resolution of this problem.  If the infection is much below the surface, then surgery or opening of the incision and removal of any foreign bodies like deep sutures or implants is usually necessary to clear the infection.  Intravenous antibiotics are sometimes necessary when the infection is more severe.  In the situation described and photo shared, I would be concerned about infection.  It appear that you have delayed healing around the areolas. This can be an issue when permanent purse string sutures are used to control areola size in the correction of breast deformities such as tuberous breasts.  I would recommend asking your surgeon if a permaent suture was used in your procedure.  Removal could spead up your recovery along with the appropriate antibiotics and reduce the chances of the infection spreading to the implant.  Another common problem is that patients who use antibiotic ointment on their incisions for a prolonged period of time can develop an allergic reaction and prolonged redness.  It is important for you to seek care from your surgeon to address this matter in a timely fashion. Good luck!

Fairfax Plastic Surgeon
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Redness Around Breast Sround 3 Weeks Post Op?

Photos demonstrate you need immediate care! Either you have cellulitis or a contact dermatitis. Seek care from your surgeon to avoid further issues! 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 174 reviews

See your doctor

Just as the other doctors mentioned, it looks like you could have a possible infection and need to make an appointment to see your surgeon ASAP

Alejandro Enriquez de Rivera, MD
Mexico Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Please see your surgeon

Your picture shows swelling and redness possible due to infection. You need to see your surgeon for evaluation and treatment ASAP.

Kamran Khoobehi, MD
New Orleans Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 124 reviews

Redness on the breast following surgery

I agree that the cosmetic result of the breasts is excellent. However the significant redness appeared on the right side is a sign that an infection is developing. I am confident that a prompt treatment with antibiotics will clear it. My advice is to contact the practice of your plastic surgeon in order to be assessed ASAP and start the treatment. All the best.

Andrea Marando, MD
Manchester Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 124 reviews

Redness Around Breast after Breast Augmentation?

I think you are wise to be concerned about the possibility of an infection; best for you to be seen ASAP  by your plastic surgeon.

 Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,499 reviews

Redness around breasts after surgery

Thanks for the photograph. The redness is of concern and does not always necessarily mean there is an infection present. Any kind of cream or ointment especially neosporin which the community likes to use can cause this local redness. See your surgeon for an evaluation ASAP.

Norman Bakshandeh, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Redness Around Breast Incision

Looks like a nice result other than the redness. I think this merits a visit to your surgeon today for an in person evaluation and a decision about treating with antibiotics.  This could be an infection, it could be a local dermatitis, but the other side looks quite uninvolved.

Thanks for your question and for the photo attached. Best wishes.

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Redness 3 weeks after breast augmentation

If you feel that the redness is becoming progressively worse, then you really should make a follow up appointment with your plastic surgeon to express your concerns and receive treatment. Based on your photo, the right breast does appear red. Redness like this can represent condition called cellulitis which is treatable with antibiotics.

Thanks for your question and photo. Best of luck!

Gregory Park, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 164 reviews

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