Wound opening after plastic surgery: What to do?

Wound opening after plastic surgery: What to do?

23rd Apr 2019

Wound opening after plastic surgery: What to do?


There is no surgery without risks, not even if it is performed for aesthetic purposes. Patients wanting to undergo plastic surgery to enhance the appearance of their bodies should know that, just like any other surgery, plastic surgery has risks and are associated with potential complications.

The complications that can occur after plastic surgery can occur during the operation, in the days or weeks following the procedure, and even years after the surgery is performed. When considering the complications that can occur during the operation, this is mostly excessive bleeding that can be caused by taking certain anti-inflammatory medication that has an anticoagulant role in the weeks before the procedure. The complications that could occur years after the procedure are associated with the use of implants, such as capsular contraction.

But most complications will occur in the days or weeks following the surgery, and this is the reason why many plastic surgeons will advise the patients to have someone assisting them during the first 48 to 72 hours post-op and also to pay attention to any abnormal symptom that was not discussed with the plastic surgeon before the procedure.

Among the complications that could occur during the first days or weeks following the procedure is wound opening. Many patients fear this complication and want to know what they should do if this happens. But first, let’s see what could cause the wound opening in the first place.

Things like infections, big seromas or hematomas, and even something as simple as a constipation can cause the incisions to open after plastic surgery. Intense or physically demanding activities could also trigger wound opening after surgery, so it is important to avoid them. A responsible plastic surgeon will tell you that looking after the incisions and keeping the area clean and dry at all times is essential after undergoing plastic surgery. This means that you shouldn’t be afraid to change the dressings if necessary and follow the steps demonstrated by the plastic surgeon or the medical staff.

In some cases, the plastic surgeon will use drain tubes to avoid the formation of seromas and hematomas. Even if the patient develops small seromas and hematomas, they usually disappear by themselves without additional treatment and without causing trouble. But seromas and hematomas that are big in size can cause wound opening, so make sure to see the plastic surgeon if you notice the overdevelopment of one of these accumulations of fluid or blood.

Whatever the cause might be, if you notice wound opening after the surgery, you need to contact the plastic surgeon. If the wound opening occurred as a result of infection, make sure to seek medical assistance as soon as possible as treatment is needed. Check the condition of the incisions at least once a day for at least the first month post-op and get in touch with the plastic surgeon if you notice anything unusual.


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