Thank you for your question. I am aware of 1 patient who had nipple piercing after breast augmentation and developed a serious life-threatening infection. Her implants had to be removed on an emergency basis, she developed toxic shock syndrome, but fortunately survived.
Of course I cannot prove that her nipple piercing produced this infection but the infection occurred within 10 days of the nipple piercing. At surgery infection, and abscess tracked directly through her nipple through the breast gland and around the implant. She may have had her piercing done under conditions that were not sterile, but I have always cautioned patients if they choose to have nipple piercing that it be done before not after breast augmentation.