10 weeks post op/ breast lift and implants. Red and warm breast. Infection? (Photo)

I'm 10 weeks post of a breast lift and implants. I noticed my breast are red and warm on the bottom side. Under the areola. Is this an infection? I don't have a fever or pain. Please advise. I've attached two photos you really can't see it that well. I'm concerned because it wasn't like this before. It started three days ago.

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10 weeks post op/ breast lift and implants. Red and warm breast. Infection? (Photo)

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I'm sure you have seen your surgeon by this point.  If you are experiencing any type of warm redness that suddenly appears, it is a good idea to go see your surgeon just so risks such as infection can be ruled out.  ac


Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Developing an infection 10 weeks after surgery is unusual but certainly can happen.  You should not delay in seeking treatment.

Michael B. Tantillo, MD
Boston Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Breast infection

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It is unusual to have an infection at this time; however, not impossible.  the source can be many.  i recommend seeing your plastic surgeon as soon aspossible..

Shahin Javaheri, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Please see your surgeon immediately-do not seek internet advice. Your breasts look seriously inflammed if infection you need emergency treatment.

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This is the last place to ask these questions! RUN to see your surgeon to be diagnosed in person is ALWAYS best to do first! 

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If you have redness and warmth underneath your breasts after a lift and implant, then it is possible that you could have an infection. Best to be seen in person and follow closely with your surgeon.

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is never good so I hope you have seen your surgeon for further advice and possible antibiotics if indicated.  It is unusual this late in your recovery but not unheard of.  Wishing for the best.

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