Breasts have redness, pain and swelling: Is this an infection and dangerous?

Redness and swelling on left breast, and pain and some redness on left breast. I"m 67. Does it take longer to heal usually, with age? How is it treated?

Doctor Answers 6

Possible Infection?

Thank you for your question!  If you are having any pain or discomfort, call your plastic surgeon ASAP!  You could have a possible infection! make sure you are following all post care instructions!  Best of luck!
Dr Dhaval Patel Double Board Certified  Plastic Surgeon  Chicago  Hoffman Estates Oak Brook

Hoffman Estates Plastic Surgeon
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Redness and Painful breast

There was not enough information provided to help guide you to an answer.  Did you have breast surgery?  If so, when? How long has the pain, redness been present?  It is probably best for you to make an appointment with your surgeon for an evaluation.

Mennen T. Gallas, MD
Katy Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Without knowing what procedure you had

its impossible to make a rational comment.  However, with increasing swelling and redness as well as pain, you should let your surgeon know and your surgeon can determine whether an exam is needed or whether antibiotics may be beneficial.

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Redness and Pain on Breast

It is best to contact your surgeon. He or she will be able to advise you better than anyone else because they are familiar with your medical history. Best of luck

Matthew Schulman, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 326 reviews

See your surgeon

There is no way to answer this question without examining you. You need to see your surgeon. True infections after a lift or a reduction are uncommon but any surgery can be complicated by infection and physical exam in essential. See your surgeon.

Lee E. Corbett, MD
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Redness pain and swelling post breast reduction

I would stay in close contact with your surgeon. It may be nothing, and then again it may be something. Your surgeon should be able to assist you and give you the information you need. 

Rick Rosen, MD
Norwalk Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

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