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A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Marek
22 years experience Plastic Surgery
Open wounds: Open wounds or slower healing areas after breast reduction are not uncommon, especially in larger reductions or smokers. It is frustrating. Usually ... Read More

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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cullington
26 years experience Plastic Surgery
Yes: Antibiotic ointment is good on small open wound best to use what your surgeon proscribed.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Martin
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Postoperative d/c: You should see your plastic surgeon soon. It does not sound like an infection now, but an open wound may become infected.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Unlikely the cause: Phentermine used for weight loss shown delayed wound healing in lab animals, if your problem is the " wound not to heal " speak to your surgeon.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Fiala
32 years experience Plastic Surgery
Stop diet pills: During your recovery from surgery, and eat a high protein diet. Your body needs "building blocks" for wound healing. Stop taking your Phentermine pr ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Abuzeni
25 years experience Plastic Surgery
See Surgeon: Sounds like this has happened before. You should see your surgeon.
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
23 years experience General Surgery
Seroma: Yes seromas can recur particularly if there is a space between hernia and the skin and seromas can get infected as well. Should see your surgeon.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience Family Medicine
Sterile pressure: dressing. 1 layer of Telfa( non adherent gauze covered by 2 layer of regular gauze- cut to size and held in place by paper tape. Consult surgeon re: a ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Dr. Gary Pess answered
39 years experience Hand Surgery
YES: That would be a part of the procedure, but make sure you discuss with your surgeon.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Wallace
20 years experience Plastic Surgery
Breast Scars: With every surgery there will be scars. Early on, your scars will be red, raised, and "angry". This acute phase of wound healing lasts anywhere from 6 ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Levens
38 years experience Plastic Surgery
No easy answer: Not sure what you mean by "firm up". Breast reduction is usually a very satisfying surgery for women that have long been bothered by disproportionate ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
43 years experience Plastic Surgery
Not very difficult: Most breast reduction patients say that the pain is like that from doing too many pushups: soreness in the chest muscles. It should easily be controll ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chappell
28 years experience Plastic Surgery
Talk to your surgeon: "major swelling" implies a potential problem. I don't know how long ago you had surgery or what "major" means to you. You should express your concerns ... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
32 years experience General Surgery
Won't help or hurt: Since you are a male who had fistula surgery, I am assuming it was an anal fistula. Using epsom salts in addition to soaking in a warm bathtub has no ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Herbich
39 years experience Dermatology
Scarring: Wound separation, keloids, lightening , redness or darkening of the scars, itchiness or pain in or around the scars, ulceration, infection and slow h ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
19 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Variable: There can be any number of reasons. But, presuming it is not an infection, the most common cause is tape reaction from the bandage. Alternatively, som ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jason Sample
23 years experience General Surgery
Yes: your body does not know the difference between an operation by a surgeon and trauma (I.e. Getting a cut or other wound). Like a bruise, the operated a ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Pfeifer
29 years experience Plastic Surgery
Postop recovery: Typically after a breast reduction the patient will recuperate for about 1 week prior to returning to work/school. In addition, there will some restr ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Stylman
37 years experience General Surgery
Not usually: While this is not normal, it often depends upon the type of operation, location, as well as the quality and quantity of the drainage.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Different techniques: There are many different techniques which are popularly known as the crescent, donut, lollipop and anchor in order of increasing scarring. The appeara ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: It dose decrease the load on your back and have less pain.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
30 years experience General Surgery
Caution: Not a simple problem. If you have had a previous open repair, and you're still having pain, I would strongly recommend a laparoscopic repair IF you ne ... Read More
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