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Post Surgical Care – Chest

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Colorado Springs Dermatologist Dr. Reagan Anderson

Video Transcript

So here’s another daily do from your friendly local dermatologist!

All right, we’re gonna continue our series for how you take care of a surgical wound in different areas of your body. So today we’re gonna talk about if you have a surgery on your chest, especially if you’re a woman. So chests are very hard areas to have a good cosmetic result on for women and for men, for some of the same reasons and some have different. So, every time you take a breath in and blow out your rib cage expands and lengthens and stuff and contracts. So every time that happens you’re gonna be trying to rip the wound open and any wound that constantly has pull or pressure placed on it, well that is going to make it not heal as well because it’s gonna be bothered. It’s kind of like if you roll your ankle and then you say hey, I’m gonna make this heal by running five miles a day until it’s good and it doesn’t work that well. So chests are inherently hard Areas to work on. They’re also fairly thin in skin, so the skin isn’t very thick. So you can’t really not breathe, remember the karate kid’ breathing is very important,

but you’ve got to make sure that anything you’re doing is not bothering it. Now for women, especially if there’s a lot of weight to the breasts, if you imagine you do something right here and then the weight of the breast is pulling on it then that’s gonna heal horribly. So it’s very very important for women, if you have a surgery on the chest to wear a bra 24/7 for six weeks. All the time. The only time you don’t need to wear a bra is in the shower because that’s just awkward, but when you’re sleeping, when you’re awake, when you’re exercising. If we can add support so that the weight is not yanking on the wound. It’ll do great. Guys I do surgeries here all the time and when women follow this rule of a minimum of six weeks having 24/7 support so that there isn’t pull on the wound. They usually heal great. When they don’t, like they’re like oh I don’t need to when I’m sleeping, oh I don’t need to when I’m exercising, they look horrible. Horrible, and that’s for the rest of your life. So please, try not to do crazy strenuous exercises so you’re not breathing in and out and trying to rip it open,. Still exercise, you got exercise, but do it reasonably. Please also always have support so there’s nothing that puts pull. Now guys, if you’re doing lots of you know flies or benchpress or anything that’s bothering it and then of course you need to back off for six weeks, but for women this topic is mostly for you. Let’s give support so the wound can heal.

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