Spot near incision discolored, sore, and hard?

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Question from Annetta: I have a red/bluish circle next to my incision. Incision healed but this spot is painful, sore, and hard. One doc mentioned that it could be a seroma, but an ultrasound showed no fluid under the skin. Doc performed a skin biopsy today. Any thought on what this is?
Answers - Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. It can be a variety of things, including normal post-operative change or scarring secondary to radiation if that was done. If it doesn't appear to improve over time, a surgeon may do a punch biopsy to ensure that it's not related to the cancer.

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