I'm Three Weeks Post Op and I've Noticed Seperation. I Had the Full Anchor Lift W/ 450cc Saline. Does This Look Normal? (photo)

I see a lot of women that have the same problem. I'm wondering if should keep the tape off and cover it with gauze. There's no odor and a slight moisture under my crease.

Doctor Answers 5

I'm Three Weeks Post Op and I've Noticed Seperation. I Had the Full Anchor Lift W/ 450cc Saline. Does This Look Normal? (photo)

You have the inverted T incision breakdown due to tension forces on the area. Normal wound care will allow healing. Best to follow up with your surgeon. 

Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 173 reviews

Three weeks post op

Ideally you should be discussing your concerns with your surgeon.  But that being said, what you are experiencing is common and should heal with wound care.  It always been my position that anything acute post-op should be managed by the surgeon and not the gallery of outsiders.

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

Separation of Breast T Incision Location

This incisional separation at the T intersection of breast reduction and full breast lift is frequently seen by three weeks after surgery. It is best treated by antibiotic ointment and a gauze dressing. It will take 4 to 6 weeks to completely heal in on its own. 

Barry L. Eppley, MD, DMD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 72 reviews

Healing problems at the base of the inverted T after a breast lift

This is the most common site for wound separation from  a breast lift or breast reduction.  It is the area that is under the most tension and furthest from the blood supply.   Conservative wound management is all that is needed and this area should heal. 

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Minor wound healing issues can occur after mastopexy.

Most of the time wounds like those shown in the photograph heal uneventfully after breast augmentation with mastopexy. The danger here is exposure of the prosthesis which probably would demand removal. It is important to keep in close contact with your plastic surgeon.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.