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Discharge After Breast Lift surgery?

I'm four weeks post-op and my breast has been leaking moderately for appprox 3 weeks. Am I lactating, or is this post-op discharge? Should I be worried?



There are several questions that will help clarify this matter. Is the discharge from the nipple or from the incisions? Is there redness? What does the discharge look like? Are you having fevers or chills? There are many possibilities. The discharge could be a draining liquifying hematoma or serous collection. This may or may not require treatment (drainage typically). The discharge could represent an infection - however it would be atypical for an infection to be brewing for three weeks without larger systemic issues. The discharge could also represent liquefying fat. As always, these concerns should be addressed with your treating physician. I hope this helps. Steven Williams, MD

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