3 weeks post-op, is this a bruise or a haematoma? Will it affect long-term results? thanks! (Photo)
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3 weeks Postop, is this a bruise or hematoma?
3 weeks post-op, is this a bruise or a haematoma?
Hematomas often present (appear) within the first few days of surgery, although it's not unheard of for them to appear later than that. They are typically associated with unilateral pain and swelling, and a marked asymmetry..
At three weeks that is less likely to be the case and, overall, it looks like you're doing well.
Again, though, you should confirm all of this with your own surgeon.
I hope that this helps and good luck,
Dr. Alan Engler
Member of RealSelf100
Do I Have a Hematoma after Breast Reduction?
- I definitely recommend seeing your plastic surgeon to be evaluated as he/she will be able to examine your breasts and reassure you that everything is okay.
- Based upon your photos, it does appear that you have some more bruising on one side compared to the other, but sometimes this is the case after a breast reduction.
- I would say that it is quite unlikely that you have a hematoma 3 weeks after your operation that would require operative drainage, but again, without actually examining you we can't tell you for sure.
- Small hematomas, by the way, will resolve on their own, and not every hematoma needs operative intervention.
- Thanks for sharing!