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Q. I had a lumpectomy in Oct. of 2007. The incision healed beautifully. The indention feels sore and pulls like the skin is attached to the inside and hurts as I move at night. How long will this take to heal and will the hole fill in? Thanks for your website.

A. We all heal differently and sometimes scar tissue can be problematic. Your breast cancer surgery is still fairly recent. It is also important to let your surgeon know that you are experiencing discomfort. If you’ve had radiation therapy then that could also impact healing. While fat may begin to fill in the indentation or “hole” you describe, it may not do so entirely. However, after enough time has gone by a plastic or reconstructive surgeon may be able to remove any scar tissue that could be causing adhesions and also help with the area that may need filling in.

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