Am I ready to get implants put back in?
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Yes, but ....
I would caution against going back to the same doctor. Plastic Surgery is really not what you want to have done abroad especially as you already had a negative outcome. You would be much safer having it done here in the US by a board-certified PS.
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Once the infection has cleared, it's best to wait at least 3 months before getting new implants. Since you've already waited longer than that, I think it is fine if you explore getting new implants. I would caution you about having them placed by a physician out of the country. If there are further issues, or complications it can be difficult for you to find a plastic surgeon in the United States to help you. I recommend meeting with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in your area for an evaluation. You are in a higher risk category because you've had a prior infection and extra precautions may be necessary in your case.
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In general, 6 months should be [about] enough to consider a re-augmentation. That decision, however, should be made by the implanting surgeon, and based on being able to examine you in person. Waiting another 6 months (ie, a year since the implant was removed) is even more cautious and may have the advantage of allowing your tissues to soften further (which is not something that can be assessed via this forum).
If you are otherwise confident in and comfortable with your surgeon is it reasonable to go back to him or her...but where are you located? I would advise using a surgeon who is near you, in view of what happened last time. There are no absolutes, and certainly not with this, but it is at the very least something to consider.
I hope that this helps and good luck,
Dr. Alan Engler
Member of #RealSelf100
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