Q: Dr. Eppley, I had breast reduction surgery on November,2015. I have had no problems and healed nicely. The tissue that was removed came back as clean with no cancer. At this time I have felt a hard small lump under the vertical incision at the left breast. It is hard and round just under the scar line. I am concerned about this. Thank you.
A: It is very common after breast reduction surgery to have firm lumps in the breasts due to scar tissue and fat necrosis. This is particularly evident in the first year after surgery. Many go on to soften over time but some never do and are permanent. That fact that it is situated right under the scar line speaks to how this is probably what you are feeling. But if you have any cancer concerns about this lump, these should be addressed by a breast cancer surgeon or the plastic surgeon who performed your breast reduction surgery..
Dr. Barry Eppley