New bruising 17 days post op


I am waiting to hear back from my surgeon about this but I'm worrying while I wait...I have some new dark bruising that I noticed this morning coming from incision area (breast fold) up towards side breast. Tenderness and swelling is the same it has been. This breast did have a bit of yellow bruise in the beginning and is dropping more slowly. I don't want to be a worry wort but should I be concerned about new bruising? Thanks for the help!


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  • It's hard to tell from the photo.  If both breasts are the same size and shape (relatively), it's probably nothing to worry about.  Hematomas are usually not subtle and the story is usually, I was doing "X" and "I felt a 'pop'" then "my breast swelled rapidly".  Your breast skin does look swollen which I why I can't 100% sure say, no problem, but that's my gut.  You were right to contact your surgeon who is more familiar with you.  Good luck.


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    • Dr. Michelle Roughton thanks so much for the response! My doctor believes it is just a bruise and to keep an eye on it. Hoping it heals up quickly!

  • So woke up this morning to some blood coming from left incision area. Scary! But it wasnt much and i felt good - no pain. Went in and doctor says I probably had a small hematoma that drained itself. I had been applying warm compress to soothe breasts the last week or so and that may have helped it along. Anyways, healing is weird and things come up but this site helps so much! And always call your doc!!

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