Does this look normal for an open wound healing? (Photos)
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Is This Normal Wound Healing?
Needs more time
Black necrosis turns to yellow and then to red.Red is healing granulation tissue and heals faster when moist.
Silvadene turns from white to yellow after application.
Skin Necrosis After Breast Surgery
Thank you for your question. It appears that you have suffered from some skin loss along the vertical portion of your skin flaps. Skin necrosis is a well known complication after breast reduction surgery. The yellowish area is normal, it is exudate, which is just a normal part of healing. The dark area appears to be an eschar (scab) which is an area of necrosis. The goal is for the wound to all eventually turn pink like the areas in the periphery (granulation). If healing is progressing, the pink areas will eventually scar in. It is important that you see your plastic surgeon regularly to follow the progression of your wound. Most of the time, the wounds can be managed non-operatively. If the wound is infected, operative debridement may be needed. After completely healing, scar revision may be necessary.
Nicholas Jones, MD
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