Slight fever and tired.

I am 17 days post op from my BA (submuscular). My temperature is 37.4 (99.3 fahrenheit), and I feel very tired and a have a headache (despite al lot of pain medication). Normally my temperature is pretty low. My implants are not red or swollen. The right breast might seem a bit more painful than before (but I hope this is because of the healing process - different types of pain). I can also feel the implant in the bottom (inframmatary fold). Do you think I might have an infection?

Doctor Answers 3

Do I have an infection?

Hi! I would definitely contact your surgeons office and let them know the symptoms you're experiencing. They may want to see you for a check up. 

Best of luck to you.

Reading Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 145 reviews

Fever and headache 17 days after breast augmentation

Thank you for asking about your breast augmentation.

  • This is a new development in your recovery -
  • So please call your surgeon and arrange to be seen.
  • You truly cannot tell what is going on but fatigue is one of the earliest signs of an infection.
  • Feeling the implant in the breast crease is not an issue - it should sit there.
  • Very early treatment of infections can save the implant -
  • Established infections usually require removal of the implant 
  • So give your surgeon a call now.

Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes  - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Breast Augmentation/Breast Implants/Anatomic Gummy Bear Implants/ Silicone Implants/Breast Implant Revision

I appreciate your question.

Since there has been a change in your post op course, please contact your surgeon so he/she can examine you and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan at this time.

The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.

Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery.

Best of luck!

Dr. Schwartz

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon


Jaime S. Schwartz, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 93 reviews

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