Another Infection After the Implant is Removed. What to Do?

2 mo. after my breast lift & aug. I had an absess along my lower incision line. I tried 2 diff. anti-biotics but it kept coming back and getting worse. I went in the next day for emergency surgery. My doctor cut out the absessed part where the puss was, took out the implant and cleaned the pocket because it was inflamed. Iwas starting to feel better after a wk from surgery. Now at 1 1/2 wks the breast has swelling again and is painful. Finished Bactrim yestrdy. What now?

Doctor Answers (8)

Removing breast implants

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It's important to continue seeing your plastic surgeon for this.  When all of the infection is gone, you'll probably be okay getting new implants.


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You may have a persistent infection of the breast. I would follow closely with your surgeon to make sure that things are progressing okay.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Undrained pocket after implant removal is likely cause of persistent drainage

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IT is probable that an undrained pocket after implant removal is the likely cause of the persistent drainage

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 51 reviews

Infected implant surgery

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Question, are the implanrs still in place?   It is a loosing battle to treat infected implant pockets with antibiotics. I would remove implants for at leasy several months.

James Apesos, MD
Dayton Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Implant infection

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I tell my patients if infection involves the implant then that is the treatment we will follow. and we discuss the cost and who is responsible for the cost and the risks

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

Infections after breast augmentation are rare.

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Infections after breast augmentation are rare and it sounds like you have been treated very appropriately with the removal of the implant.  Sometimes the implant has to be removed for several months to allow all the bacteria and the inflammation to subside before placing the implant back in.

Continue to follow up with your surgeon.  Further antibiotics may be necessary depending on your exam or laboratory values. 

Richard H. Fryer, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 115 reviews

Breast Implant Infection

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A small percentage of breast augmenation surgeries are complicated by infections. Fortunately, this is a small number.  However, when this happens the treatment can result in the removal of the implant with a plan to replace it later. It sounds as if there is a recurrence of some process that resulted after you stopped the antibiotics.  This would suggest a continuing infection and I would recommend seeing your physician as soon as possible.  There can be a number of causes of this and you would need to be fully evaluated to make this determination.

Best of luck,

Vincent Marin, MD, FACS

La Jolla Plastic Surgeon

Vincent P. Marin, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Recurrent breast infection

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You need to return to your plastic surgeon for evaluation and care. Although it is a rare occurence after breast implant surgery, an infection involving your breast implant, especially a recurrent infection, will most likely mean the implant need to be removed for a period of time. The absolute best person to tell you what will be needed is your plastic surgeon though so I would schedule an appointment as soon as you are able.

I wish you well

Dr Edwards

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