Ask the Doctor- Is the icy hot patch a good option for fat necrosis?

This week, James E. Craigie, MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question.

Question: I had breast reduction surgery a few months ago and have developed fat necrosis. I keep reading it may resolve, I’m scared it won’t! My right breast has a 4″ X 1.5″ area of it. Is that considered a large area? I’ve read that only small areas have a chance of resolving on their own. I keep massaging the area and applying heat. Is the icy hot patch a good option for heat?

AnswerFat necrosis usually resolves on its own, but it is true that large areas may persist indefinitely. If the area is not painful, it probably does no harm, other than potentially complicating mammograms and breast exams. If it concerns you, however, you may wish to consider having it removed. There are no firm guidelines, but large areas persisting more than 6-12 months are less likely to go away on their own.

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