I was 9 wks post op and developed sever mastits/cellulitis. What can I expect after my Implant Removal?
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Implant Infection Rare But Possible
Implant Removal for Infection and Replacement Later
If the implant is removed, the infection is cultured, and appropriate antibiotics are administered, then replacement of the implant in several months is reasonable and has a good chance of success. Good luck.
Often patients who have had breast infections and required their implants to be removed can have them replaced several months later. It is a personal choice.
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Implant removal due to Infection
Hello, I'm sorry to hear about your experience. Fortunately this problem is not common, and is quite easy to resolve. Once the implant is removed , antibiotics can work better and the infection process usually resolves quite rapidly. Most patients decide to repeat Breast Augmentation, and successful results is the rule. Although timing runs 6-12 months after,this is best judged by your plastic surgeon. Best and good luck
Implant removal after infection
Sorry to hear about your difficulties after a breast augmentation. It sounds like the best approach was taken at salvaging your implants. Your appearance after removal depends on many factors such as your original size, the size of implants that were in place, if any other procedures were performed, etc. As far as placing implants again, it is definitely best to wait at least 6 months. Some of the timing will depend on the type of infection you had, how severe it was, and what it looked like when your surgeon removed the implants. Good luck!
Infection after breast augmentation
Sorry to hear about your infection. Once the implants become involved in an infection, it is difficult for antibiotics to clear the bacteria. While these cases are fortunately rare, they do require removal of the implants. Once this is done, the infection usually resolves quite rapidly.
The timing of placement of new implants depends on the clinical situation. This is best judged by your plastic surgeon. As a rule of thumb, the loger that you wait, the better. This will lower the possibility of recurrent infection and allow for a better result. I would suggest waiting longer than 6 months at a minimum.
I hope that you feel better soon and best of luck.
Infection after breast augmentation
Thanks for your question. Best of Luck!
Re Augmentation Of Breasts after Infection?
Sorry to hear about the complication you have experienced. Your plastic surgeon will be the best resource when it comes to estimating the amount of time you should wait prior to re-augmentation.
Most patients who experience this complication are understandably eager to return to the operating room for breast augmentation. Again, generally speaking, it is in patients best interests to be as patient as possible…
Timing for re-augmentation of the breasts comes down to a judgment call made by the plastic surgeon who knows your situation best. Some of the factors that may be taken into consideration include the severity of infection, the types/aggressiveness of the infectious organism involved, the pliability/softness of the overlying skin/breast tissue etc.
Generally speaking, the majority of patients who undergo repeat breast augmentation surgery after removal of breast implants, do so successfully.
I hope this helps.
Infections are very rare in breast augmentation surgery however they can occur. I generally take extreme precautions when placing implants. Everyone gets a dose of IV antibiotics before surgery, I soak the implants in a solution that contains three antibiotics and I also wash the pocket out with the same solution. Before placing the implants, I re-prep the entire chest with betadine, I change my gloves and I use a funnel to insert the implants so that it doesn't touch any of the skin (which is where bacteria is picked up). All my patients also get discharged home with a 5 day course of antibiotics even though studies have shown it doesn't help.
Once the implant is removed and the infection is clear, the risks would theoretically return back to that of a virgin augmentation or close to it provided there is no foreign body or additional nidus for infection. Obviously there is no guarantee and I do think it was just plain bad luck for the first infection. Make sure your surgeon takes all the necessary precautions to prevent it from happening again.
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