Black scab on areola after breast lift.

I believe the skin on my areola is dying after a breast lift, will new skin grow underneath the black scab?

It depends how far you are from your surgery. If it is a few days, it could be dried blood. If you are a week or more, it could be loss of the areolar skin. Your surgeon will assist you in determining this. Depending on the tent the loss, it usually will heal over time. There might be some distortion that can be improved with a minor scar revision at a later date. It is extremely rare to suffer complete areaolar lossfollowing a mastopexy!

Michael S. Beckenstein MD
Michael S. Beckenstein MD
800 St Vincents DrBirminghamAL35205US

Michael S. Beckenstein MD

800 St. Vincent's Drive, Suite 610,
Birmingham, AL, 35205, US

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Thanks for your question. The black scab can be simply dried blood or it can be dead skin. The extent of this can only be determined with an exam. The majority of the time the body is able to heal it up without any intervention. Your surgeon will be your best source of information.

Best of Luck!

M. Scott Haydon MD
M. Scott Haydon MD
4701 Bee Cave RdWest Lake HillsTX78746US

M. Scott Haydon MD

4701 Bee Cave Road, Suite 202, Austin, TX,
78746, US

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Thank you for submitting your question - there could be a couple of possibilities. Sometimes a black scab is dried blood that collects on the dressing or tissue glue used by your surgeon. Other times, a black scab can represent compromised skin that did not have enough blood supply to survive. If there is dead skin, treatment options may vary depending on whether there is an implant involved. It is always best to see your surgeon for follow up to determine what is going on and to develop a treatment plan that will allow you to achieve the best and safest result. Best wishes on a speedy recovery and great result!

Trent D. Douglas
Trent D. Douglas
8899 University Center LnSan DiegoCA92122US

Trent D. Douglas

8899 University Center Ln, Ste 200,
San Diego, CA, 92122, US

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Thank you for your question. I am sorry that you are experiencing concerns after surgery. A black scab could represent dried blood or areola skin that may be compromised. If it is the second scenario, new skin will grow underneath but it is difficult to know how deep the skin injury is without an examination. I recommend that you follow up with your plastic surgeon so that they can properly assess your recovery.

Katerina M. Gallus, MD, FACS
Katerina M. Gallus, MD, FACS
8899 University Center LnSan DiegoCA92122US

Katerina M. Gallus, MD, FACS

8899 University Center Lane, Suite 200,
San Diego, CA, 92122, US

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