What happens when the breast implant gets infected?

When undergoing surgery, there is always the risk of developing an infection. There are two types of infections that can occur after breast augmentation with implants. First, there is the infection of the surgical incision that has certain signs such as high fever, redness in the area, and pus coming from the incision site. Another type of infection is deep tissue infection on the breast implants.

When it comes to breast implants getting infected, there is not much the patient can do to prevent it. The only thing that can be done to avoid this is to choose a plastic surgeon who is board-certified and experienced, who performs this procedure routinely, and who operates in an accredited medical facility.

The plastic surgeon should give the patient antibiotics during breast augmentation surgery through the IV. Moreover, before inserting the implants, they should be washed with a special solution to avoid any bacterial proliferation. The operating room must be clean and with all the protocols in place.

The patient will realize there is something wrong soon if the breast implants get infected. The infection will occur within a few days after surgery and the distinctive signs are intense pain in the breasts, high fever, and inflammation.

So what happens when the breast implants get infected? Before anything else, it is important to contact the plastic surgeon and go for a consultation so the infection can be properly diagnosed. If reaching out to the plastic surgeon is not possible (if surgery was performed abroad), make sure to contact another doctor because treatment is mandatory and should begin as soon as possible.

The first line of defense when it comes to infections is antibiotic treatment. The doctor who will diagnose the infection will also prescribe suitable treatment. Antibiotics are often prescribed for at least five days, and the recommendation is to monitor your condition and see if you feel better after starting the treatment. If the treatment with antibiotics isn’t helpful and the infection signs are still there, the doctor will recommend you to have the breast implants removed.

If surgery is necessary to remove the implants, the plastic surgeon will make an incision on the inframammary fold to take the implants out. He will also need to clean the area where the implants were placed. After the area has been cleaned, the incisions are sutured, and the implants are removed, complete recovery is advised before deciding to get new breast implants again. Also, keep in mind that the general recommendation is to wait at least six months after getting the implants removed before undergoing surgery to get new implants.

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