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lumpy saggy skin after breast removal


Re: lumpy saggy skin after breast removal

Hi Pa33wOrd 

Thanks for your post.  

It can be difficult when you need weekly drainage of fluid from a seroma after breast surgery and it's understandable you’re concerned whether the saggy skin will improve. 

It can sometimes take a while before a seroma resolves and this can mean that the skin is continually being stretched by the fluid.   

It’s difficult to predict how long this will continue and whether it will affect your skin long–term, but things should continue to improve for many months and even years once the seroma has resolved. The lumpiness should also settle down over time.  

As your seroma is taking so long to resolve it might worth discussing this with your team.  

Recovery after surgery involves healing both physically and emotionally. The time this takes will vary from person to person. 

Our booklet Breast cancer and you: coping with diagnosis, treatment and the future discusses some of the emotional issues you may face during and after your treatment. You may also find our Moving Forward book useful.   

Talking to someone who has had a similar experience can be helpful and our Someone Like Me service can arrange for one of our volunteers to talk to you by email or telephone. Our volunteers have had a personal experience of breast cancer and are trained to provide support.  

You can ring the Someone Like Me team on 0345 077 1893 or email them at someone.likeme@breastcancernow.org,so they can then match you to your volunteer.  

Do call our Helpline if you would like to talk this through or have any further questions. Your call will be confidential, and the number is free from UK landlines and all mobile networks.   

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Best wishes  


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lumpy saggy skin after breast removal

I had my breast removed 3 months ago.  Since then I have had to go to aftercare centre on a weekly basis to have fluid drained and it keeps filling up.  This has resulted in the area around the scar becoming saggy and lumpy. Is this normal and what can be done to stop it getting worse as it looks ugly