Skin on Side of Breasts Extremely Itchy 3 Weeks Post-Op Breast Reduction, Any Suggested Cream to Use?

I am three weeks past my surgery and the itching/burning skin is the most uncomfortable condition right now.

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Itching after breast reduction

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Itching at this point in the healing is not uncommon and is representative of a decrease in post-operative swelling. You should moisturize the skin and use hydrocortisone cream to alleviate any discomfort.

Itchy after Breast Reduction?

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Thank you for the question.

it would be best for you to be seen and examined in person by your plastic surgeon. The “extreme itchiness” can be related to a variety of etiologies,  each with different treatments.

Online consultants are definitely not the best source of advice for specific treatment ( creams)  etc.

Best wishes.

Itching and burning skin 3 weeks after breast reduction

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First thing, you should check with your doctor.  Do you have a rash? Does the skin appear red or dry? Is it mostly from the scar area? Are you becoming allergic to your post surgical bra? Are you taking any medications?  It is common to have mild itchiness from the healing process or dryness of the skin, so it may be helpful to change to a cotton bra and use moisturizing cream or hydrocortisone cream if it is OK with your doctor.  Sometimes scar fading preparations or antibiotic ointments can cause allergy as well. Please call your doctor and get her or his advice.

Marialyn Sardo, MD
La Jolla Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Itching after breast reduction

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Itching after breat reduction may be from dryness over the incisions. Often skin moisturizers can help. If it is not related to the incisions, you  may want to see your doctor.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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